Thanks to Republican Bill Pritchard of Elkins, who has decided to take the Drug War one more step and go after the unemployed - who are also on the hit list of the GOP.
Comrade Pritchard would like to force a random number of unemployed to pass drug tests before applicants receive their first and 13th weekly benefit checks.
I don’t know about the honorable Mister Pritchard, but I have been on unemployment a few times in my life. It is humiliating enough going through the process without some priggish state legislator adopting a “Guilty before presumed Innocent attitude” with folks who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and are just trying to keep their heads above water, and feed their families.
Of course, the Republican Party, invigorated as it is with many Tea Party “ideas,” sees many of those who draw checks from the government as the enemy, and their numbers should be thinned out as much as possible.
I’m not sure if Bill Pritchard is aware of this, but there is a new fangled thing called the “police department,” which actually does arrest people who break the drug laws in this country.
Those wishing to contact Pritchard and express their feelings - pro or con - on this issue can contact either his Little Rock or his Elkins office.
Phone: (501) 682-5951
Fax: (501) 682-2917
Fax: (479) 448-8611
But hey, Bill Pritchard, why stop there?
You know, some of these unemployed louts may spend too much time at the public library checking out books to read instead of looking for work. Maybe we should check that.
And their home computers? Who knows what radical sites they may be checking out? Maybe they should only be allowed basic cable, if even that?
Time to Man Up, Bill, and show these leeches that the free ride is over.
Quote of the Day
Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. - Mark Twain
And yet another fun quote - just for those who want to tell you how much of a success the parking plan is downtown
“Honestly, they [the City of Fayetteville] don’t want us here in the first place. We don’t bring in the revenues the bars do, and they could easily replace us with something more profitable.
“A lot of people have stopped coming down Dickson Street to protest parking, but really they are killing the small businesses on Dickson.” - Suedee Hall, employee of the Dickson Bookstore, quoted in The Arkansas Traveler, January 26, 2011