Newt Gingrich’s latest authoritarian idea is to drug test anyone who receives any kind of aid from the federal government — as long as they’re poor people, of course.
I think that we need to consider taking more explicit steps to make it expensive to be a drug user. It could be through testing before you get any kind of federal aid. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, you name it.
It has always struck me that if you’re serious about trying to stop drug use, then you need to find a way to have a fairly easy approach to it and you need to find a way to be pretty aggressive about insisting–I don’t think actually locking up users is a very good thing. I think finding ways to sanction them and to give them medical help and to get them to detox is a more logical long-term policy.
Wanna bet on whether this would include executives from corporations who receive tax subsidies? Or of defense contractors and other corporations that get federal contracts for things like housing and homeland security? Or how about to all politicians, including Newt? I bet it won’t.