Proof that Congress never does what the majority of the people would like to be done.
According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 64 percent of Americans favor requiring welfare recipients to submit to random drug testing -- a measure pushed by Republican lawmakers in recent years -- while 18 percent oppose it.
But an even stronger majority said they're in favor of random drug testing for members of Congress, by a 78 percent to 7 percent margin. Sixty-two percent said they "strongly" favor drug testing for congressional lawmakers, compared to only 51 percent who said the same of welfare recipients. (More here at the Huffington Post)
And if a member of Congress is caught using illegal drugs, as was Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) in late October, Americans expressed little inclination to show mercy. Sixty-six percent said that a member of Congress convicted of possessing a small amount of cocaine should be forced to resign.
Randel was never arrested or served any time in jail --- and said he wouldn't resign from his $174,000-a-year taxpayer-paid congressional job; although he did offer the usual apologies. Randel was not required to reimburse the taxpayers for the cost of the investigation or court costs either.
Maybe Randel and the rest of the GOP might start passing bills that also require old and crippled people who receive Social Security checks to start pissing in a cup every month too. And then if a senior citizen or a disabled person over-medicates (by even one milligram of aspirin), they could have their monthly checks terminated.
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