Thursday, October 27, 2011

Drug Testing the Unemployed shows a disregard for the Constitution, and Authoritarian Streak in Republican Party

It goes without saying, but just in case you didn’t know, the current conservative movement in this country is highly authoritarian. They are into one party rule. Cafeteria constitutionalists, they are devoted to their own single minded interpretation, which brings us to this single moment of clarity:
WSJ: You gotta wonder why they even tried.

Lawmakers Monday stripped a provision from an unemployment bill that would suspend benefits for applicants who skip or fail a drug test.

On that same day a federal court in Florida put a law that required drug tests for welfare recipients on hold pending the resolution of a lawsuit claiming that the requirement is unconstitutional.

"The Court concludes that preliminarily enjoining what appears likely to be deemed to be an unconstitutional intrusion on the Fourth Amendment rights of (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) applicants serves the public interest and outweighs whatever minimal harm a preliminary injunction might visit upon the state," a U.S. District Court in Orlando wrote.


  1. Really? You think only Republicans are guilty of disregarding the Constitution? Maybe you should clean your own house first.

  2. Oh, sorry, that excuses the Republicans.

    Ooops. Oh, and name where we have not honored the letter of the Constitution. Or are we only going by your theory of it?

  3. My point: neither party is blameless.