Florida's Governor Rick Scott (R) has a great plan to coerce as many poor people and possibly enrich his company Solantic at the same time by forcing anyone receiving welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing.
Scott says his state will not "subsidize" any one's drug problem stating,
" I know it's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for someones drug addiction."
"On top of that, this is going to increase personal responsibility, and personal accountability," he added. But what about the people who don't use drugs?
Guilty until proven innocent.
The ACLU has filed suit seeking to block this hateful legislation along with another that would force state employees to undergo random drug screening. Governor Scott also claims that studies have shown that drug use is much higher among the poor - but Florida's ACLU says that his study just isn't true.
According to the Florida Times-Union, a study done in 2002 found that 10 - 20% of Welfare recipients have
drug or alcohol problems, compared to about 6% of the general population.
When asked about the cost of drug testing everyone, Scott didn't have a concrete answer, saying it would depend on how many people pass or fail the test.
"It's an insignificant cost," he assured, again repeating his talking point that Florida cannot subsidize drug use. Even if the test cost ten dollars- (excluding the cost of the bureaucracy involved.)
Scott's press secretary, Lane Wright, said "the details are still being worked out."
"We don't have a dollar cost estimate at this time," he said. "Because of volume, the state is hoping to negotiate very competitive rates."
Scott helped create Florida's deficit by giving lucrative tax cuts to corporations then claiming to be broke- a tricky scheme played out by other Tea Party governors like Wisconsin's infamous union buster Scott Walker. It seems corporate welfare is the new entitlement given to the so -called Job Creators.
Using the Tea Party tactic in how to deal with a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Scott unveiled a budget that cuts $4 billion in property and corporate income taxes.
Calling his spending plan "Florida's first jobs budget," Scott said he would reduce corporate income taxes from 5.5% to 3% over two years, before eliminating the levy in 2018. He would also reduce $1.4 billion in property taxes.
Governor Scott believes corporate welfare will encourage "job creators" to create jobs in exchange for tax breaks. It's the trickle down theory being played out again. He also rejected the high speed rail project partly funded by the federal government.
"The answer is to reduce government spending, cut government’s leash on our state’s job creators and then hold that government accountable for the investments it makes."
Job Creators like Rick Scott who in 1997 was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US history. He stepped down as CEO of Columbia/HCA after the hospital giant was fined $1.7 billion and found guilty of swindling the government.
As Florida's new governor, Scott is now trying to kill off an anti-fraud database that would track the fraudulent distribution of addictive prescription drugs in Florida, over the protestations of law enforcement officials, Republican state lawmakers, and federal drug policy officials.
And what about Governor Scotts' own company Solantic?
One of the more popular services at Solantic, the urgent care chain co-founded by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, is drug testing, according to Solantic CEO Karen Bowling.
Given Solantic's role in that marketplace, critics are again asking whether Scott's policy initiatives - this time, requiring drug testing of state employees and welfare recipients - are designed to benefit Scott's bottom line.
Potential for a conflict of interest?
During the election campaign, he had estimated the worth of his Solantic holdings at $62 million. Jacksonville-based Solantic has 32 clinics statewide, including two in Palm Beach County, and plans rapid growth and an eventual initial public offering, according to company documents.
Suffolk University Law Professor Marc Rodwin, author of several books on conflicts of interest in medicine, said the movement of Scott's ownership to his wife's trust was insufficient to eliminate the ethical issues.
"He owned the company and transferred it into his wife's name," Rodwin said. "It's a conflict of interest.
Here we have a Governor who ran a company that payed out nearly two billion dollars in Medicare fraud fines, and to keep himself from going to jail took the fifth amendment 75 times. Now it appears this same GOP grifter wants to make money off of welfare recipients?
How about drug tests for State Senators, Representa
Better yet, how about lie detector tests on a regular basis?
How about we just drug test everyone getting federal money? Oil subsidies, corporate tax loopholes, and those lucky 2% crowd getting all those tax cuts?
There's basically not a single person in this country who would not need to be drug tested on a regular basis on this theory he and the rest of those austerity loving Republicans are using - to thinly veil their hatred for the poor and are making sweeping attempts to get the poor to leave their states.
All of those icky poor people keeping America from being exceptional.
"I know it's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for some one's drug addiction."
It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for some one's oil addiction.
It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for someones profit addiction.
It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for someones illegal labor addiction.
It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for someones hedge fund addiction.