Sunday, December 19, 2004

Dignity? It's Just Not for Poor People Any More 

If you are ever tempted to think that maybe the winger's hatred of an individual's right to control their own body doesn't really apply to you, remember this guy. And if you think this one too is inapplicable because you aren't on welfare and can't imagine you ever could be, remember the saying about "First they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up..."

(via Mnpls. Star-Tribune)
State Rep. Marty Seifert, a conservative with a knack for inflammatory proposals, wants to mandate testing to determine whether welfare clients smoke cigarettes. He'd reduce their benefits if they do.

And he said his proposal, which he plans to introduce in the Legislature next month, could be extended to others who are subsidized by taxpayers, such as college students on state grants.

"I only wish I could somehow test and comply for alcohol and gambling, too, since there shouldn't be taxpayer subsidization of any of these unnecessary vices," Seifert said.
Not being quite desperate enough for welfare yet, I intend to go smoke a couple of the leaves of my choice and meditate on just what this pompous asshold would consider to be a necessary vice. My guess is he's got a few of them.....

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