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OH hooray! Nice time! We are so, so, so happy to read a nice thing after this week of awfulness! Incredibly badass Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Obviously) will be introducing a bill next week called the Top 1% Accountability Act, which will require all rich people claiming over $150,000 in tax deductions to undergo a drug test to make sure they’re not spending that money on drugs. They would have to submit a drug test, no more than three months old, or take a much lower standard deduction when filing taxes.

OH I LOVE HER. I LOVE HER SO GODDAMNED MUCH. SHE IS MY HERO AND EVERYTHING I WISH I COULD BE!!! Who cares if the primaries are over? I am electing her president of my heart, right now.

This is in response, you see, to the many states that drug test those who receive cash welfare assistance, and to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suing the federal government for not allowing him to drug test people getting food stamps. The assumption with these laws is that they will save states tons of money by kicking off welfare all the people who spend their government assistance riches on drugs. As it turns out, there are not nearly as many of those people out there as Republicans imagine. Weird! And the cost of those programs far outweigh the benefits! Other than the smug satisfaction of getting to insinuate to poor people that you think they are probably on drugs!

It’s a horrible thing to do, which is why Rep. Gwen Moore is so awesome and my new favorite person ever. I want her and Nina Turner (who once introduced a bill that would have required men to undergo “special precautions” in order to get Viagra, which is still my favorite goddamned thing ever) to get together and be ball-busting superheroes.

Of course, Moore is not just busting balls here. She’s damn serious about this bill, and says she intends to get co-sponsors and push it through, both to highlight the sheer stupidity of drug testing welfare recipients, and to call attention to how much money our country spends on tax expenditures, noting “We think it’s important to engage in some transparency and accountability around tax deductions.”

Moore says the idea came to her when she saw Paul Ryan giving a speech about his not-at-all-helpful plans to help the poor in America. “When he stood in front of a drug treatment center and rolled out his anti-poverty initiative, pushing this narrative that poor people are drug addicts, that was the last straw,” she said.

Now, if that bullshit made our faces burn, we can only imagine how Moore felt — as someone who actually has been a welfare recipient herself. “I am a former welfare recipient” she said, “I’ve used food stamps, I’ve received Aid for Families with Dependent Children, Medicaid, Head Start for my kids, Title XX daycare [subsidies]. I’m truly grateful for the social safety net.”

She also wants to bring attention to the fact that we perceive poor people who receive government assistance as “entitled,” but not rich people who get piles of tax deductions, even though technically, they cost us more. And, quite frankly, are way the hell more “entitled.” She notes that, when it comes to drug abuse, “There are no boundaries with regard to class or race … if these poor people who are entitled to SNAP for survival are required to be drug tested, then certainly those people who claim $150,000 or more in tax deductions should be subjected to the same in order to receive this benefit from the government.”

And that’s true! Frankly, in my experience, I’ve known way more rich people with drug problems than poor people with them. Maybe because they can afford it? Drugs are expensive!

“I would love to see some hedge fund manager on Wall Street who might be sniffing a little cocaine here and there to stay awake realize that he can’t get his $150,000 worth of deductions unless he submits to a drug test,” she says.

US TOO, GWEN, US TOO.

[Think Progress]

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  • bubbuhh

    Sounds good. Perhaps, she should also include mandatory anal probes to determine if any dangerous bits of broomstick remain stuck up their rich wazoos.

  • elviouslyqueer

    “I would love to see some hedge fund manager on Wall Street who might be sniffing a little cocaine here and there to stay awake realize that he can’t get his $150,000 worth of deductions unless he submits to a drug test,” she says.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    The hedge fund guy is still in the clear- the only drug test that’s hard to beat is MJ. Rich boy can probably blow his sinuses to kingdom come on Friday night and still pass a pee test on Monday morning. And he can also afford a donor to piss in his cup (and get the privacy to do so that the peons are never given)

    • the_steamer

      Yeah, this should be much more intrusive, maybe they should have to submit at the nearest military installation, with an NCO staring at their junk making sure there’s no funny business.

      • Pam Hyland

        Ugh that was the worst!

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      They need to make him toddle his pampered ass over to submit to a drug test like the rest of us (allegedly) have to….

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Just stay away from the poppy seed bagels.

      • H0mer0

        I heard that menthol could make one test positive for speed.

  • Mpeg

    “The Rich are Too Damn High!”

  • Callyson

    We think it’s important to engage in some transparency and accountability around tax deductions.

  • AngryKatie

    In my experience as an oft broke ass person who grew up in an affluent area, rich people always had the best drugs.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    OT John McCain can go fuck himself with a saguaro. That useless old coot just said that Obama is “directly responsible” for the Orlando shooting

    • natoslug

      Technically, he’s right. If Obama hadn’t procrastinated on those FEMA camps so long, Mateen, Mateen’s father, McCain, and the rest of America’s problems would have been interred long ago. Thanks, Obama!

    • Callyson
      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Already have… and I have the pile of emails since then to prove it, lol (seriously team Ann, how about limiting it to once a day or so?)

        • Callyson

          Tell me about it…donate a few bucks to a few candidates and next thing you know, you literally receive hundreds of e-mails a day. But thanks for doing your part, and go Ann!

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            Walnuts has got me so pissed I just kicked another $50 to her . Fuck that gasbag fucker- sucking Drumpf’s shlong ain’t gonna save your wrinkled old ass this time

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Team Hillary, too. I hear from them on average 2-3 times a day.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Poor Walnuts. Desperately chasing relevancy since 1898.

      • Major_Major_Major

        Be nice, he is an authentic Spanish-American War hero after all.

        • elviouslyqueer

          And he fought in that war for THREE AND A HALF MONTHS, Major!

        • elvigy

          He was only a hero because he crashed that Galleon and was taken prisoner, pffft.

          • Aquaria

            He lived at all only because he sang like a fucking canary to the Viet Cong.

    • Sardonicuss

      “Somebody get that dirty old man out of this operating theater.”

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      In Walnuts! world you only stop a war once every. single. person in your country has been over to serve. He’s all into sharing….the ceaselessly warmongering evil old fuck.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        that evil old fuck must have dementia- ISIS has been around since about 2005 or so when they split from AQI. Wrong scapegoat, Walnuts…

    • BadKitty904

      Senile dementia is a terrible thing. Just sayin’…

    • The Wanderer

      Fuck him. Fuck him right in his wrinkled old asshole with every vote in the ballot box.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        follow Callyson’s link- time to put this senile old coot out to pasture. Ann has a serious shot at doing it

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I don’t see how he figures that. Obama’s still alive and the shooter’s dead. Unless he’s saying Obama cloned himself? Or maybe – has anybody seen the President’s Anger Translator, Luther, around since Sunday? Hmmm! Maybe Old Walnuts is on to something!

    • Cindyinencinitas

      Oh he just needs to go down for a nap. He’ll be rational again at 3:30.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        He hasn’t been rational for the last 15 years or so

        • Aquaria

          He hasn’t been rational ever. He’s always been a peevish frat boy who thinks the world owes him everything.

      • Jonny On Maui

        Bet he sundowns early…

        yes, I feel bad for typing that…

        • Tansy Geek

          Don’t.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Really? Eight years after McCain proved a complete absence of rational discernment by making Moose Yap his VP choice, and weeks after he endorsed Cheeto Jesus for President, he actually still expects people to listen to him about anything?

      • jmhm

        I wonder what his prenup looks like, and whether his extremely rich second wife is committed to staying with him after he leaves office.

  • Msmlg1979

    Can the poor just eat them instead?

    • Callyson

      Maybe, but IDK how healthy that meal would be for them. Can’t be too careful when it comes to food poisoning!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I think in that case you would especially want drug testing first.

  • crunchyknee

    Sheesh, what is this country coming to if a guy can’t spend his “hard earned” cash on some blow and hookers?

    • YoBunnyBunny

      This bill will be a job killer… *wipes white powder from nose*

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Oh Gwen … kiss

  • calliecallie

    $150k in deductions? Wow! People do that?
    There are many things I want to say in response to this, but now that we’re being scrutinized by the NSA for the beheading t-shirt, I think I’ll just keep my thoughts on the middle class, weed and tax deductions to myself. But good job, Gwen Moor, Legislative Badass!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      That flight to Paris was a business expense!

    • MrBlobfish

      I’d like to make $150k

  • BadKitty904

    Does she know she can shoot them if they look “threatening” or generally uppity?

  • Playonwords

    There is only one possible responsible
    https://youtu.be/xLb9jPuDS9Y

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Holy hell, the 80s were weird. I’m feeling a huge sense of relief that I was too young to be doing drugs back then.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    but buying all the drinks will still be tax deductible, right?

  • Liam martin

    Ooh ooh lets piss test trump

    • schmannity

      Are bile and hate Schedule 1 drugs?

      • Meccalopolis

        And self righteous fury

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      Trump doesn’t use drugs, he’s that bat shit and evil stone sober.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        I heard he huffs sunless tanner…

        • Ima Witstup

          He gave up huffing hairspray when they stopped using CFCs as the propellant.

  • schmannity

    Schmannity’s Ye Olde Clean Urine Shoppe will be launching its IPO soon.

  • dslindc

    I think they should also have to travel to an obscure, unfamiliar place to take the drug test, wait 72 hours, and undergo a vaginal/anal wanding just to be sure they aren’t hiding any drugs as well. Can’t be too careful, you know!

  • CapnFatback

    Atlas Drugged.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Good, it’s about fucking time those wealthy, white freeloaders had to face some accountability.

  • Callyson

    This is good, but my favorite Gwen Moore story comes from the book When Women Win:

    As Gwen put it, her style was “street.” “I know how to argue,” she said. “I know the facts. But before EMILY, my style was something like this.” To demonstrate, Gwen slowly took off her glasses and looked directly at me as if I were her opponent in a televised political debate. “Kiss my ass, motherfucker,” she said. “I’m gonna tell you how it is…” Then, she burst into laughter.

    Of course, Gwen was putting us on

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Well if this were New York she’d be assassinated for even proposing this by the head of the Hookers N’ Cocaine Manufacturing Association because Wall Street.

  • Jim Johnson

    Scott Walker (W-Wisconsin), we are looking at you since you always look stoned.

    • SadDemInTex

      ^^^^^THIS^^^^

      • Bitter Scribe

        Yeah, let’s drug-test every Republican, from Trump on down, who says something idiotic.

        But not until I buy stock in drug-testing companies.

    • Msmlg1979

      It’s drugs or the stupid. Let’s find out!

      • Jim Johnson

        It’s both. Oh, and the weasel genes also too.

        • Msmlg1979

          Hurtful!

          • BadKitty904

            Or lack of fiber. Hard to tell, really…

    • Shan

      Right? Plenty of employees can be forced to take a piss quiz if they’re even SUSPECTED of being high.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Great idea but amount should be around $50K.

  • BadKitty904

    Next, I think we should consider their voting IDs. It’s currently MUCH too easy for “those people” (i.e., rich folks) to vote.

    • FauxAntocles

      DNA, retinal scan, colonoscopy…

      • BadKitty904

        It’s a start.

  • CapnFatback

    Damn straight. Forget “moocher” class; focus on the Gucci-er class.

  • cleanfront

    Semi-OT but in the same vein…
    Microsoft has $100 billion in cash, acquires LinkedIn using borrowed money to avoid $9 billion in taxes!
    And these fuck nuts go after the people on food stamps???
    http://time.com/4368047/microsoft-linkedin-deal-merger-debt/

    • BoatOfVelociraptors

      That’s basically the first thing every new billionaire does. Start new offshore subsidiaries and move the money offshore! Use reserve capital to ensure you get cheap loans! WIN WIN WIN!

    • Jim Johnson

      Fuck those nuts.

    • Treg.Brown

      I need a better accountant…

      • Major_Major_Major

        You gotta let the joooooos count your shekels, from Drumpf’s mouth to god’s ears.

  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    Pfft. Drug laws aren’t meant for white people! That’s why you use Russian drug dealers!

    • Cindyinencinitas

      And this guy.

      • Cindyinencinitas

        He was pretty big time.

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    lol

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Damn Liberals, always trying to expand government and pass meaningless, intrusive laws. The reason this is ridiculous is quite simple. If someone makes enough to be able to claim $150,000 or more in deductions, that is, in and of itself, proof that that person is productively contributing to our Nation’s economy. It makes no sense to pass laws targeting the most valuable contributors to our nation on the off chance that a few of them might be using illicit substances.

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      You know Pinkham….Bernie hasn’t dropped out yet. Just sayin’….

      • Pinkham’s Law

        How long till the convention? Might have to come out of retirement the last few days of the runup.

    • Jim Johnson

      Jerb creator: “I built that!”
      Us: “No you didn’t.”
      Taxman: “Pee in this cup.”

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Much like how the designer urine industry (of which Todd Starnes is allegedly it’s most enthusiastic patron) had a sudden spike in orders when they finally tested for roids in baseball, the pure volume from Wall Street alone is going to require millions of new donors.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I wonder if this is the work-at-home scheme that Lori’s friend keeps posting about.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      The fortunes to be made by the clean pee club! But considering this election season, I’m pretty sure there’s no way I’ll be laying off the reefers any time soon.

      • Jonny On Maui

        If anyone needs a sample guaranteed to fail badly!

        • alpacapunchbowl

          Bigly, also too!

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    Get Trump a bottle and somebody to monitor his donation.

  • BadKitty904

    But Lovey! Do old-fashioneds count as a drug?!?!

  • Oneofthebobs

    We should drug test Republicans. And they should like it.

    • With a trans-vaginal wand up the backstairs

    • Jim Johnson

      I wonder if there is a “soul” test.

      • Major_Major_Major

        It’s pretty easy to apply, you just look at the letter on their voter registration; if it is “R”, the magic 8-ball says “Outlook not so good”.

    • shastakoala

      Obviously it would be inconclusive.

  • baconzgood

    Herione, cocaine and prescription drug abuse tend to be higher in wealth neighborhoods. Especially with people under the age of 25.

    • but Oxy or whatever the prescription heroin du jour is legal, so they can hand-wave that away,

      • baconzgood

        Most people start on Oxy orally, their meds run out and then start crushing and sniffing it, their meds run out and buy it on the black market at $20-$40 a pill and sniff that. Their money runs out they start buying heroine because it’s way cheaper and sniff it. Then then they inject herione. I’ve spoken to a lot of heroine addicts over 40 who followed this path because of back surgery or something similar.

        • baconzgood

          And when Baconz said a lot he means 30 to 50.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          I feel for people with addictions, but it’s really difficult when they’re also entitlement snots with rich backgrounds. I just try to imagine how horrible it must be like for them to occasionally wake up in a hotel with bad room service.

        • (-e)

  • Teecha

    This is fab!
    And when did entitled become an insult? I temped for a couple of years after uni, and I claimed all the benefits I was entitled to. Because when I was working, I was paying in and when I was unemployed, I was entitled to claim the support I needed.

  • limberrat

    Speaking of someone on drugs, I think Paul Ryan might be on something…

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/paul-ryan-says-americans-lose-000000033.html

    • The Wanderer

      Massive quantities of Scotch and raw sowbelly.

    • edith prickly

      It really sucks to be him right now – and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Granny-starving randroid putz.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …do you know how you know the Republicans are full of shit about helping the poor when it comes to these idiotic laws?! Because instead crafting laws designed to hurt the weakest and neediest among us, by essentially starving them for having a disease(yes addiction is classified as a disease), they could essentially craft a very similar law that instead requires folks that test positive for drugs to attend treatment programs and STILL FEED THEM and their families. Instead they find pushing an agenda and general ASSHOLISHNESS more appealing

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Did you, um, forget the part where Republicans?

    • Justno

      And it’s unconstitutional. These laws crop up periodically. They haven’t succeeded anywhere.

      Demanding evidence of non criminality from an entire class is generally a big no-no. But it’s popular, it whips up the base, and helps with scapegoating.

      Drug testing to receive benefits isn’t a new thing. It’s a known loser of a policy and it is known to cost states money without providing any benefit to anyone but right wing politicians.

      I’d be ok with states enacting policies to help fight drug addiction. These laws don’t do that. Besides, if that was ever the goal this is a terrible way to achieve it because there is no evidence whatsoever that people who receive any form of public assistance are more likely to use or abuse illegal drugs.

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …I agree fully!!! But they can’t even “fake it” a little bit?!?! Their laws are essentially a really wordy way of saying “Fuck the POOR”

        • Justno

          Gotta blame someone for their failed policies.

          Disenfranchise ’em then throw ’em under the bus.

  • Sorry if this was already covered but how much do you figure S. Walker get in campaign contributions from Drug-o-Matic PissTestCo?

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    Rush Limbaugh just pooped himself a little.

    • JohnC44

      Haha, come on now, with as much oxycontin as that pig shoves down his liehole, he probably hasn’t been able to manage a “movement” in a decade or so. Probably explains the great attitude.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Finally, we can get that Clean Urine Commodity Exchange off the ground.”

    — Chicago Board of Trade

  • Scooby

    I’m screwed!

    • Msmlg1979

      Let me help. I’ll take your drugs, your money, or both!

      • Scooby

        OK, I’ll give up the money.

        • Msmlg1979

          Yay! I’m buying drugs!

          • Jonny On Maui

            I’ll be right over!

          • Msmlg1979

            Hurry! This money is burning a hole in my pocket. I’ve never had any before, and I can’t handle this responsibility!

          • Jonny On Maui

            Oh Dear Heart, I’d never sell to you. It’d be my pleasure to gift.

            The only reason I’m coming is cuz i’m out too and I know you’ll share…

          • Msmlg1979

            I mean get here so we can start the par-tay! Of course I’ll share. It’s lonely under the table without you!

          • Jonny On Maui

            I will never snip shoestrings with anyone else!

          • Msmlg1979

            You better not!

      • Meccalopolis

        They caiuld pay the pours to take their drug tests for them: win-win!

  • chicken thief

    A good bill, but plus and also too: piss test elected officials.

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Yes, once per term before they can be sworn in, right?

      • chicken thief

        Random, and if they fail, they are barred from voting on any legislation until they are clear for three straight weeks.

        • DoILookAmused2u ?

          Most employers will just send you home for good.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          I’m not sure how we’d tell them apart from the ones who aren’t voting on any legislation because reasons.

    • BadKitty904

      A Sensible Policy for a Better America.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Except during election season. I love watching them ride that cocaine train into the final stretch, all the jittery crazy makes me nostalgic for college.

  • The Wanderer
  • Justno

    Jesus. I can’t believe some states are still pushing this. It doesn’t save money. It costs more than would have been paid in benefits. Then the state (Hi Rick Scott!) has to pay to defend this blatant disregard of the Bill of Rights.

    And welfare recipients use illegal drugs at a lower rate than the rest of the population.

    It is using poor people to score points, but using taxpayer money to do so.

    Fiscal conservatism my ass.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The important thing in the Florida case is that a firm owned by Rick Scott’s wife (nudge nudge) billed the state for the testing.

      • Justno

        And charged the state $30 per test. Florida paid over $45,000 more in testing fees than they saved in paying out AFDC benefits. And then they incurred defense costs.

        But who cares? Rick Scott got headlines. That’s good, right? I suspect that was Scott’s objective all along.

        I seriously loathe that vile excuse for a human.

        • TJ Barke

          Only human on the technical level.

          • Erik Lonnrot

            I don’t think he clears the bar for technically human. Maybe notionally human or allegedly human.

          • JohnC44

            Proof?

  • Villago Delenda Est

    This is a great idea! Congresswoman Moore IS a badass!

  • Vincent Ricola

    I love this woman with all of my cold blackened heart!

  • Lascauxcaveman

    I’ve known way more rich people with drug problems than poor people with them. Maybe because they can afford it? Drugs are expensive!

    Yes, they are. Except in WA, CO, OR and a few other states (with a medical card). For reals, I’m seeing places advertising $7/gram. That’s nuts!

  • Cindyinencinitas

    “…sniffing a little cocaine here and there to stay awake…” Oh, that’s so cute. Clearly, she has never hung around Wall Street.

    • Msmlg1979

      What am I supposed to snort out of a hooker’s ass on Monday nights now? Pixie Sticks?

      • bubbuhh

        Y U keep it with the knittin stuff?

  • Redgyal

    Good point. Also, too, alcohol consumption is highest among the wealthy mainly because it is too expensive for the poor folks to buy it in excess.

    • BadKitty904

      Down Here, the poor folks just make their own if they can’t afford to buy it at what one of our elderly neighbors, when I was growing up, still referred to as the “federal liquor store.”

  • baconzgood

    I like her idea but seriously hon…..BLUE eye shaddow? We’re not going to a Duran Duran concert after watching Dallas.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Actually, blue eyeshadow is again in vogue (yes, I hate myself for knowing this). And darker complexions typically pull that look off better than my pale-ass self. I suspect from that picture, it’s an end-of-day shot and some of the color has migrated. Girlfriend could use a good eyeshadow primer.

      Christ, when did I become a Jezebel commenter?

      • baconzgood

        I grew up and live in a diverse area and I’ve seen black women tear apart other women for wearing blue or gold eye shadow. Oh and hair extensions.

        But of course the black woman Baconz knows are from the era of “black is beautiful” (the 70s), and very militant.

      • Justno

        Wow! Blue eyeshadow is back?! I was never able to pull that off.

        • AntiDerpomeme

          It was all over the spring 2016 runway shows. Typically as a thick eyeliner for pale kids. Ack, I’m really not that shallow!

          • Justno

            I admit to buying one of those big 20-30 color trays of Urban Decay eyeshadow a few years ago. I blame perimenopause.

          • AntiDerpomeme

            You too?! UD is really good at getting me to blow all of my bucks on their palettes. I can’t afford a drug problem thanks to them.

          • Jonny On Maui

            Up from Ms. On Maui…

          • Tansy Geek

            Hell, I’d buy them just for the names of the colors. I have Virgin (pale & shimmery) and Tease (my natural purpley under-eye color) myself.

          • Jonny On Maui

            Sounds exactly like the way guys buy fishing lures…

    • bubbuhh

      Unless U THEGAYZ, don’t get in that cat fight.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Maybe the Msgra. is the only one to have ever bought this book?

    • Bill Slider

      It’s Wisconsin.

  • MarkM

    Coke sucking Wall Street assholes saying “Whaaaaaattt!!???

    https://youtu.be/zdJ8x6lyrfo

  • wry6read

    Oh for God sake pretty soon poor people are going to start whining about things like presumption of innocence, paid family care leave and mortgage deductions. Just give that hard workin’ job creatin’ one per cent a moment’s rest, can’t you? #whatsartaukynotmilwaukee

  • AntiDerpomeme

    But I neeeeeeed cocane to be an effective hedge fund manager! Hookers are still ok, right?

    • MarkM

      Can’t really test for them so…knock yourself out, I guess.

      • Once&futureFred

        The test goes like this, if she/he asks for payment after the “lay-down dancing” its positive for hooker.

    • Meccalopolis
      • AntiDerpomeme

        Wow, I remember when that aired. Shut up, I’m not old!

  • AngryBlakGuy

    And that’s true! Frankly, in my experience, I’ve known way more rich people with drug problems than poor people with them. Maybe because they can afford it? Drugs are expensive!

    …there has been no truer statement spoken!!! I was lucky to attend a “Rich School” for high school. When I say rich I mean, the kids drove nicer cars than the teachers and principals. I can’t remember how many times I heard the phrase “Do you know who my dad is?!?!” I went to school with the Miami-Dade State Attorneys 2 sons and one of “Jeb Bushes sons girlfriends”. And when I tell you rich kids are seriously fucked up I’m making an understatement!!! Weed was one thing, but you have no idea how many of these rich brats were tripping balls and coked out of their skulls DURING and brag about it!!!

    • Robin

      Glad you got out of there with your common sense intact!

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …I was kinda lucky in the sense that, African families have a tendency to always make you “feel” poorer than you are. My mother and father drove “reasonable” cars(Volvo’s) and they almost never spoiled us. My family isn’t “wealthy or rich” but we are better off than a lot of people. I plan on raising my 2 year old son the exact same way. Although the spoiling part is a little hard sometimes

        • AntiDerpomeme

          I can understand that, because I remember from the picture that you shared, he’s adorable! How could you say “no” to that face?

        • Damian L

          Buy a goddamn American car !!!!!!!!!! There,now thats angry.Seriously,buy an american car.

    • MrCanoehead

      Yeah, it’s the poor people who have impulse control problems.

  • shastakoala

    The poorz need to beef up their drug use.

    • Dee Andee

      We could build a drug wall and let the rich pay for it!

  • Jim Johnson

    This legislative hero needs to get the news cycle spotlight. Drown out some banal Drumpf coverage. In fact, the Congressional approval rating may go up a point or two based on this Representative’s call for accountability… and mastery of snark.

  • TJ Barke

    What’s the point of being rich if I can’t get cocaine!?

    • Jim Johnson

      The great white hope.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        The great white dope

        FIFY

      • TJ Barke

        White punks on dope?

        • Major_Major_Major

          Rich Kids on LSD?
          https://youtu.be/K-2mxxblgSI
          Not a big fan, but couldn’t resist

          • Meccalopolis

            Saw them, liked them

          • Doug Langley

            Hmmph. In my day, we used real locomotives, not this namby-pamby light rail stuff.

    • sw19womble

      See also, a boat.
      As Robin Williams said, God’s way of telling you you have too much money.

      • TJ Barke

        A boat is a hole in the water that you throw money in to.

        • bubbuhh

          Thought it wuz where 2 hide lots of cocaine.

        • Meccalopolis

          Bust Out Another Thousand

        • Playonwords

          Depends.

          My sister and her husband built a 42′ steel sloop. They live on it, sometimes going on voyages while letting their old house.

          • TJ Barke

            Yeah, it’s just an old expression.

        • Jonny On Maui

          The two happiest days in a boat owner’s life.

          The day they bought the boat, the day they sold it…

      • Angela Ruzzo

        30 years ago in Missouri they raised sales tax on motor vehicles while simultaneously eliminating sales tax on yachts and lear jets. They said it was to attract businesses that sell these luxury items to the state.

        “Cash-strapped legislators have recommended spending cuts for Missouri schools and shelters for battered women, but so far the yachting class can enjoy another season of clear sailing. Thanks to a longstanding tax exemption, Missouri’s marina set can opt to pay a small fee in lieu of sales taxes and shave as much as $30,000 off the purchase of a $500,000 boat. The exemption costs the state $6 million a year.”
        http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24574186.html

        Clearly Missouri legislators need drug tests before taking office.

        • Thaumaturgist

          What do you do with a yacht in Missouri?

          • Doug Langley

            Suddenly, the problem comes into focus.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            VERY good question, aren’t you smart. I asked the same question 30 years ago. I did not get an answer. I assume they dock it and use it elsewhere, unless they like to use it on Lake of the Ozarks, which seems like a total waste of money. Next time I run into Nancy Walton Laurie, who has a home here (raising appaloosa horses, which provides zero trickle-down benefit to the local community), I will ask her. Or perhaps I will ask Mr. Kroenke (Mr. Ann Walton), who is a big supporter of the Mizzou Tigers, next time I am invited to one of his pre-game cocktail parties. Don’t hold your breath.

        • Shan

          I see Missouri is using the new Kansas math now.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Math??? In Missouri??? Are you nuts? They can count to 4, which is how many feet a mule has. This is the Show-Me State. We don’t need no stinking math.

          • Frank Underboob

            Math or meth?

          • Shan

            TOO HARD TOO HARD

        • alnnc

          Just a couple of years ago, North Carolina raised sales tax on luxuries like electric power and started charging sales tax on other non-essential things like car repairs and haircuts. Fortunately, they kept the old, ridiculously low sales tax cap of $1,500 to $2,500 on sales of luxury cars, yachts and airplanes. I think they just inadvertently forgot to add sales tax on services from accountants, tax attorneys and investment advisors. I’m sure they will take that up as soon as get all the transgenders in the right bathrooms.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I am absolutely sure they will do that thing.

            I went to college in Iowa. I was stupendously impressed when I arrived in 1974 to discover that Iowa did not charge sales tax on many basic food items. I thought “Missouri should do this, it would really help poor people and the elderly.” Never happened.

        • Frank Underboob

          Before, during & after.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Under her plan, I think you can still get cocaine. You just can’t get a tax deduction. Which is really gonna hurt.

      • TJ Barke

        But the deduction is what I have earmarked for the cocaine!!!

        • Gayer Than Thou

          I think you start to see the genius of her plan.

  • Jim Johnson

    We need to see Drumpf’s tax returns even more now. Get this bill passed (oh, wait too many R-Hinkvilles right now), as soon as possible, and get the IRS on this. Someday, these presidential tax return disclosures will need to have drug test results attached. Because accountability.

  • Randy Riddle

    If this law passed, cocaine would become medicinal again before you could say “Goldman-Sachs”.

    • edith prickly

      That’s Golden-Ballsachs.

    • Smokahontas

      …Goldman Bindles!

    • Bear OmNomNom

      Either that, or GS would start writing credit default swaps with drug-test failures as the reference event.

  • bupkus23

    What is the fixation on drug tests? I don’t mind Rep Moore’s suggestion, but if we really want to get things done, we should test Republicans ( particularly the politicians ) for psychological dysfunction.

    To this layman, they are clearly sociopathic or obsessive personalities, who are more likely to be dangerous to the public.

    • bubbuhh

      Drugs is a lot easier test (with purty colors) than sykulahjiggle test. Drugs is pass/fail.

      • Biff52

        I used to study real hard.

    • Meccalopolis

      Empathy test

      • Biff52

        Most of them couldn’t even pass a Turing test.

      • Frank Underboob

        A Voigt-Kampf Empathy Test, with the usual penalties.

  • MrBlobfish

    I would like to test your drugs. Send them to:
    Mr. Blobfish
    c/o The Ocean

    • Smokahontas

      Always a helper you are!

    • Doug Langley

      Your self-sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.

    • Barley_Brains

      I just flushed you some prime processed single malt. Enjoy.

  • bubbuhh

    Gretchen tryin for a spot on akshul news show?

    • SDGeoff

      No. Broken clock syndrome, we think.

  • Debra Dassow

    I think Congresswoman Moore should run against Scotty Walker in 2018.

    • Smokahontas

      I’d love to see her run him over with votes!

      • Me not sure

        …an M1A1 full of votes

  • Dee Andee

    I’m in love with this amazing woman!

    • Smokahontas

      Get in line!

  • Msgr_Moment

    Is it too much to ask that the hypersuper rich also not use their tax savings to buy lobster?

    • Dee Andee

      Or sweets!

    • Smokahontas

      Or dressage horses!

  • Me not sure

    We have to put an end to these “deduction queens” with their ” deduction Cadillacs” and their fancy designer drugs.

    • Smokahontas

      Fuckers have so many damn kids living off the government dole that their nanny needs an eau paire!

      • Me not sure

        Mary Poppin-Pills

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Hellz yes. There hasn’t been much good news politics-wise out of my home state in a long while, but this is beautiful.

  • Fly

    I wouldn’t have a drug problem if I made 15,000 amero’s per year. I think.

    • Barley_Brains

      Define “problem.”

  • Smokahontas

    Damn, do I love that woman! Her young son was arrested handing out holiday turkeys literally across the street from her house this Winter. Her ensuing interviews were so bitch-slap-o’-rific she damn near knocked walker’s eye straight. Almost.

    • efoveks

      Why? Was the kid stealing jobs? Murdering turkeys?… Were they Christian turkeys and he was violating their religious rights? ;-)

      Do tell..

      • Bear OmNomNom

        Interfering with the will of Teh Lord Babby Jezus that teh poorz starve to death, in his mercy.

  • veska

    Hi-Fives for everyone!

  • Gayer Than Thou
  • jmhm

    That’s awesome.

  • Notreelyhelping

    And how could the wealthy possibly object? It’s for the good of society, what with them driving fast cars and yachts and Beechcraft. That is, unless they’re not clean.

  • whitroth

    I ADORE IT!

    And why is the illegal prescription drug abuser Limberger still on the air…?

  • Doug Langley

    Test the rich for drugs? Moore is my heroin!

    Strange, that sentence didn’t turn out right for some reason . . .

  • h4rr4r

    I can’t support this. The government should not be able to demand a drug test of anyone.

    • jmhm

      True. And probably the only way to stop it is to start doing it to people the politicians give a shit about and don’t want to humiliate.

      Me, I say make the hedge fund managers do it to keep the lower tax rate.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      I think they can if they are asking for basically what amounts to an extra pay check per year in deductions.
      Everyone who works for the Fed has to be tested, makes sense to me.

      • h4rr4r

        I don’t think those people should be tested either.

        • Biff52

          I think cops should be tested. Just to watch heads asplode.

          • MilwaukeeKent

            It’s always been interesting that many a defendant has shown up in court to find they’ve been charged for possession of LESS drugs than what they know for a fact the cops took off them.

          • Biff52

            Glad I got that out of my system when I was quite young, but those encounters stay with you.

    • efoveks

      I hate it that so many places do this as a condition of employment! I’ve always complied, always passed. I realize $150k in write-offs translates into less than that kept in my pocket, but it’s hardly chump change.

      • h4rr4r

        I have noticed only low paying jobs seem to that. The IT industry would collapse id drug testing was implemented.

        • efoveks

          As a former retail supervisor, I’m going to share a little secret with you: it never seemed to stop anyone, and I know for a fact that there were plenty who still indulged. There are ways around these tests (most condition-of-employment tests are simple pee-in-a cup).

          And the low pay thing :)

          (although it isn’t just low paying jobs. A friend of mine drives truck, and his company tests randomly)

          • h4rr4r

            Yeah lots of people beat tests.

            Yeah but for truck drivers it makes some sense.

          • Biff52

            All truck drivers are subject to pre-employment, random and probable cause drug tests, and yeah, it makes sense. Kinda. I still don’t think someone who smoked dope on their days off is any more of a risk than someone who drank alcohol on their days off, but there ya go.

          • h4rr4r

            Oh yeah, it should be for thc not metabolites.

          • efoveks

            I argue this all the time with Mr. Efoveks. His response is people shouldn’t be doing illicit drugs in the first place. My argument back is that the tests need only apply for the time someone is under the influence AND WORKING. It’s a matter of adjusting the test threshold.

            For the record, I am not fond of most drug testing. And now, I will step off the soap box. :)

          • Jonny On Maui

            Sounds like Mr. Efoveks needs to understand that humans will do mind altering substances whether they are licit or not. The legality matters not.

            All efforts to change that fact throughout human history have proven as ineffective as prohibition.

          • Damian L

            Truck drivers?How about judges? Police?Lawyers? How about my weekend is just that and fuck you gubmit man?This is an egregious violation of your civil rights no matter what Scalia had to say about it.Same with DUI roadblocks.

        • SayItWithWookies

          Hell, I work in IT and I’ve been drug tested for half my jobs. As far as I can tell, pre-employment screening (as they like to call it) is nothing more than a subsidy to the artificial urine industry.

          • h4rr4r

            IT jobs that drug test exist?
            News to me.

          • Jonny On Maui

            In just about any federal contractor’s employ. Like handyhippie65 said, any IT person in aerospace workin’ on fed contracts gets tested.

          • h4rr4r

            That must really help the fake urine industry.
            Does not seem like a way to get the best and brightest .

          • Jonny On Maui

            I can’t speak for all much less the best and brightest but in my case it was a one shot thing that I knew about in advance in plenty of time to flush a system of just about anything.
            After that any suspicious behavior could get you retested. It didn’t rocket science to figure it out…

            In these cases most definitely as classification varies so does your milage…

          • Doug Langley

            It’s happened to me.

          • Frank Underboob

            LAND OF THE FREEEEE!!!!1!1!1!

        • handyhippie65

          it’s not just low wage jobs. any company receiving a government contract, must prove a drug free workplace. i’m sure northrop grummand, and raytheon employees are well paid, but are still tested. the boy’s father in law works for raytheon.he makes better that 100,00 grand a year, and still pees in a cup.

          • h4rr4r

            That explains a lot. Having worked with some of these folks.

      • Damian L

        How many times do our lawmakers get to pee in a bottle as a condition of their employment? The way I see it,You first MF’er! I have never and will never! Lead By Example!!!! We have about 300 employees and I refuse to pee test any of them,what they do on their time is none of my goshdamn
        business.Insurance companies hate me.

        • Barley_Brains

          Yea, but I kinda like you.

        • Charles Coley Jr.

          That is exactly what I’ve been saying for years. Lead By Freaking Example!

    • AncienReggie

      Well, then, urine trouble.

      • h4rr4r

        Well played.

  • Cismontane

    Trump uses tax deductions and credits.. including some he really shouldn’t be using (like a middle income tax credit in NY), and, given his behavior, anyone care to speculate on controlled substance use?

    • Biff52

      He also took Sandy relief money.

      • The Wanderer

        The superstorm mussed his hair?

    • Ducksworthy

      All of them Katie?

    • brucej

      Well there’s the dark speculation that he does indeed qualify for that “middle income tax credit” He might really be “Trumpy the ‘alf-a-millionaire!” which ia why he’s so adamant about not releasing his tax returns.

    • Popillius

      He actually claims he doesn’t drink or smoke, but he looks awfully pink and sweaty in pictures on the golf course.

      (OT but Ted Nugent looks purple, as do Limbaugh and G. Beck)

  • CT_Katie

    I used to work for a big bank, and while they did a detailed background check when I was hired, no drug test.

    I asked the recruiter why, and he said they had to stop because not enough people could pass them.

  • Pookabun

    There’s also the fact that, for the percentage of people who both have drug addictions and need the social safety net – well, I want them to eat too. I want their families to eat. I am quite happy having my tax dollars go to feeding, clothing and housing all the people with such needs. Perhaps also some real, concrete psychological and medical help for those who seek it might be an idea and another better way to spend tax money than giving more breaks to the rich.

    • cat cafe

      Also, too, I want her to say to the idiots:

      • Barley_Brains

        Love it!! Got a cite?

  • handyhippie65

    this is so right and fair it will never happen.

  • pgjack

    She has a wonderful idea but this is America where the rich get richer and the poor get screwed by the representatives who’s campaigns are financed by the rich.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Oh, sure — now the rich are just gonna use that hundred-fifty grand to keep a couple of people chained up in the basement as sources of clean piss. I’ll bet we even start seeing them making ever-so-brief appearances on rich people reality shows.

    • Barley_Brains

      “Pink Flamingoes” libelz!!1!!!1!

  • Cranky Man

    Due to the vagaries of the ageing, I’ve gone from a person who had tax deductions to an old cripple applying for social security disability insurance. It was basically instantaneous, the deductions. The SSDI? I’m told it will be 4 months at least before they even look at the application.

    • Gorillionaire

      There is a whole racket around the country involving lawyers who “know the system” and get your application approved. How freeking insane is it that a benefit that you pay for your whole working life is tied up in a scam industry that figured out a way to steal a chunk of it from you.

      • Cranky Man

        Yep, already talked to an attorney. She was very nice and helpful. Said to expect the whole process to take over a year.

        • AncienReggie

          Yeah, it’s gonna do that. And in some states, they’ll try to drag it out to three years, apparently just for kicks.

  • runfastandwin

    I can tell you for a fact, drugs are very expensive. Worth it though…

    • Barley_Brains

      The proof is in the toking.

    • Courser

      Eh… depends on the drug. Weed in Colorado is maybe kind of high, but that’s partially because of the taxes and it really is some pretty primo weed.

      • The Wanderer

        Healthy capitalist competition. Breeding the best product to outsell the competing lines.

      • Mickey Donovan

        Umm, my neighbours ,but not me of course, grow some pretty good shit that costs virtually nothing but love and some good times in the garden. May we all be so organic.

  • Ducksworthy

    She’s lookin’ at you Rushbo.

  • Sakonyachen

    She looks like someone you should not play games with. A not having your bullshit type of lady. That smile just says, “Please fuck with me, I haven’t ate anyone’s lunch yet today!”

  • Jay

    “Remember, governor, you fashioned this throwdown yourself!”

  • Zhu Bajie

    Members of Congress, too.

  • Zhu Bajie

    Let’s have the same drug laws in 1910. Somehow the sky did not fall.

  • Seriously, in the last 16 years, what, if anything, has the Republican party done to help America or Americans? Is there one significant piece of legislation — and don’t say Medicare Part D — that they passed or helped pass that has actually benefited the middle class?

    This is a masterful piece of trolling. And trolling is the only thing left to do with a party that refuses to compromise in the spirit of democracy.

    Let the good times troll, baby!

  • NorthStarSpanx

    A more muscular Democratic Party? Can it be? Yes please!

    “Rich people who get piles of tax deductions, even though technically, they cost us more.” is a narrative that so needs to be played out in all State Legislatures! Especially Red States like Kansas (boy did Brownback get some serious burn on a healthcare co’s departure, not letting the door hit them on the way out.)

    • OneDemin EOr

      Loved that CEO’s letter!

  • middleclassman1

    Ryan also benefited from the safety net but he forgets that like a good R.

    • jmk

      Like a good little GOPer – the ones who scream “keep yer gubmint hands outta my Medicare!!” and whinge that they WORKED for their benefits, and the ones who burble that the only really necessary abortion was theirs – he lives by the motto “for me, not thee,” and knows that HE really deserved the assistance unlike those freeloaders.

  • proudgrampa

    This Congresslady is a freakin’ genius!

  • brbr2424

    I think this is great to draw attention to the terrible Tea Party policies. There are Democrats and people who don’t support this bs who are high income. It is the poorly educated blue collar Republicans who love drug testing of the poors and voter disenfranchisement and the whole package of bad Tea Party ideas.

  • Panika MCD

    so long as I get to see a repeat of this “I’ll pee in a cup right now! Who wants to watch?” (which, as much as I heart Jay, it what he actually said–pretty sure Jay was covering the Senate that day; I was, oddly, in the House partially because Sticky had threatened to punch Byron Cook in the face) on another state house floor, I’m good to go.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2015/05/27/house-kicks-ethics-reform-debate/

  • Reality

    also do it to the welfare people get tax money

    • jmk

      You seem to read almost as well as you spell.

      Buhbye, twit.

  • cutter

    Great idea by the Congress person. If affluent students are getting any federal aid should be drug tested. The same for the deduction of interest on a home mortgage– a lot of house in affluent suburbia are blown up by cooking meth. Let’s not be hypocrites by thinking only others should be drug tested.

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