It is clear that Tammy Duckworth makes Joe Walsh feel inadequate. Whether it is because of her military service, because he has nothing comparable to run on or talk about, or simply because she is a woman is unclear. However, his “Ashleigh, Ashleigh” extravaganza strongly suggests that it is women who make him feel inadequate. In any case, it follows a pattern that indicates that Walsh has severe issues with women. Personally, I suspect they make him feel inadequate because he is inadequate.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling Tuesday involves a dispute at Neuqua Valley High School. A teen sued in 2006 after school officials blacked out the words “Not Gay” on her T-shirt. The incident happened the day after a “Day of Silence,” which was held to draw attention to the harassment of gay students.
sonderweg replied to your quote: A state lawmaker wants random drug testing of…Hi, Could you explain why you think this is a terrible idea? I live in Rockford, IL and a similar debate is happening here. I dont really have an opinion, people sell food stamps for drugs here, but I havent heard from people against drug testing.
One: Why should we treat everybody on public assistance like they were potential criminals?
Two: Where do we get the money for this drug testing? I’d rather more families become eligible and have some of the money go to drug users than spend millions of dollars on weeding out the drug users.
Follow the money: Who could make money off of the testing?
Prove my hunch wrong: look up the names attached to the businesses linked above and tell me you can’t find them here.
Three: Who cares if some families are taking food stamps and selling them (HOW, BTW? It’s not like you can withdraw money from SNAP with your LINK card. You can only use it to get cash benefits like TANF) for drugs? I don’t care. I mean, really? You care?
Four: Isn’t this a horrible invasion of privacy? Collecting government benefits is already a mind-numbing, soul-crushing, humiliating experience as it is. Now we’re gonna start stealing their precious bodily fluids because a couple folks are addicted to drugs to the point where they are choosing drugs over food for their kids?
What is wrong with Americans? For the life of me, I have been watching Fourth Amendment rights be eroded for decades (Just Say No, Nancy Reagan), but we don’t make the tough choice to stand up for our rights, like they are too esoteric and pinko to give a shit about.
Five: I can’t really stress this enough, WHO CARES? Governments waste money all over. Public assistance is going to have a certain amount of money going to “undesirables.” There’s not going to be anything to stop that. There will be fraud and abuse. But there’s fraud and abuse every damn where in all government programs. Why is it that we focus on the ones that help poor people?
six - it’s bullshit to penalize people for drug use without providing them any meaningful ways to stop it. there are virtually no rehab services available to people who can’t pay the extremely high prices for private rehab facilities are left either to wait for spots to open up in county run facilities (could take years!) or to go to largely unlicensed sober living houses with little or no oversight which are primarily a ploy to bilk people of their limited public benefits. additionally, there’s often years long legal battles about potentially siting new rehab facilities, so nobody is expecting supply to increase anytime soon.
Wouldn’t it be something if drug rehabilitation or vocational education professionals were as well organized as corrections officers? There are power in numbers, kids; together they stand out in state budgets, divided you fall in to the unemployment lines….
seven - this is straight up differential enforcement targeted at the poor. i know a lot of upper and middle class white folks who have been routinely engaged in recreational use of illegal drugs for years. they get benefits from the government, albeit delivered less directly than in individual cash payments, but home ownership incentives, provision of public services, and other government benefits go to them, also. but their privacy is constitutionally protected. needing to rely on food stamps shouldn’t erase that constitutional protection.
i’m sure there’s more.