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2012-07-01 01:51:33 PM

Lenny_da_Hog: jj325: You have to be a 21 to gamble or drink. If you want to buy a lottery ticket, go to a casino, or buy alcohol you should have to swipe your ID. If it comes back saying you're unemployed you are denied.

What if I'm unemployed because I'm rich and spending my trust fund?


Or your lottery or casino winnings.
 
2012-07-01 01:51:34 PM

Guntram Shatterhand: The right-wing is struggling today with what they believe in. I'd like to think that Romney's appointment to be their candidate was a big factor, but they've been struggling about what their platform is for at least a decade now. The only issue is that they were able to ignore that when they had power from 2002-2006 and now are ripping at the seams.

They desperately want to use their innate power to back a status quo to work when that status quo really doesn't exist. Republicans are very prone to media manipulation and they really don't know the world around them. The insularity of the Republican base is one of the main reasons they're no longer being taken seriously as a political ideology anymore: they have narrowed down their entire reason for being as a pure opposition party. That's the only thing they can agree on, outside of some nebulous terminology that has been co-opted to vote more Republicans into office. Note how many Republicans you see today who sort to a pathetic sort of name-calling when they don't get their way, and how many of those names came from the Reagan Era that have now lost all of their venomous meaning or are so over-the-top that they can't even be taken a joke as much as an old joke.

The Republican Base is fighting a War on Reality. They're not governing, they're slowly finding out that the world they were told about does not exist, and they're not in a rush to find out and change their ways. They're just going to go around wasting everybody's time while rocking the faux outrage until, one day, the dumbasses figure out they've been conned. And they're not adverse to wasting money in the long run to help with their insane faith-based reasoning that, so far, has shown how stupid they really are.


QFT
 
2012-07-01 01:52:14 PM

Lost Thought 00: It's not about right or wrong, it's about punishing black people until they leave your state. Everyone should be able to agree to that.


Are you implying only blacks are on welfare?
 
2012-07-01 01:52:53 PM
So their point is that every Tennessee State legislator must be tested? I'm ok with this.

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2012-07-01 01:55:02 PM
You call it Welfare, I call it the " I'm not living in your house, eating your groceries and porking your wife" Tax.

Potato / Potatoe
 
2012-07-01 01:55:17 PM

LargeCanine: Lost Thought 00: It's not about right or wrong, it's about punishing black people until they leave your state. Everyone should be able to agree to that.

Are you implying only blacks are on welfare?


I'm implying that the people who passed this law only care about punishing the black people on welfare.
 
2012-07-01 01:55:29 PM

Lenny_da_Hog: jj325: You have to be a 21 to gamble or drink. If you want to buy a lottery ticket, go to a casino, or buy alcohol you should have to swipe your ID. If it comes back saying you're unemployed you are denied.

What if I'm unemployed because I'm rich and spending my trust fund?


Hell, what if it's a straight up hobo who finds $1 (or collects 20 cans) and wants to buy a scratcher?
 
2012-07-01 01:55:42 PM

bwilson27: Guntram Shatterhand: The right-wing is struggling today with what they believe in. I'd like to think that Romney's appointment to be their candidate was a big factor, but they've been struggling about what their platform is for at least a decade now. The only issue is that they were able to ignore that when they had power from 2002-2006 and now are ripping at the seams.

They desperately want to use their innate power to back a status quo to work when that status quo really doesn't exist. Republicans are very prone to media manipulation and they really don't know the world around them. The insularity of the Republican base is one of the main reasons they're no longer being taken seriously as a political ideology anymore: they have narrowed down their entire reason for being as a pure opposition party. That's the only thing they can agree on, outside of some nebulous terminology that has been co-opted to vote more Republicans into office. Note how many Republicans you see today who sort to a pathetic sort of name-calling when they don't get their way, and how many of those names came from the Reagan Era that have now lost all of their venomous meaning or are so over-the-top that they can't even be taken a joke as much as an old joke.

The Republican Base is fighting a War on Reality. They're not governing, they're slowly finding out that the world they were told about does not exist, and they're not in a rush to find out and change their ways. They're just going to go around wasting everybody's time while rocking the faux outrage until, one day, the dumbasses figure out they've been conned. And they're not adverse to wasting money in the long run to help with their insane faith-based reasoning that, so far, has shown how stupid they really are.

QFT


The Righteous Mind
 
2012-07-01 01:56:13 PM
FTFA: "Hopefully, this will get people who are on drugs to get the treatment they need to get off drugs,"

Such an evil plot.
 
2012-07-01 01:56:41 PM

Shaggy_C: DarwiOdrade: Why? So you can complain about your tax dollars going to pay for their weight-training and cable TV?

Don't be ridiculous. The threat of punishment is supposed to encourage positive behavior. You can't get a well-paying job if you can't pass a drug test.


That's a lie.
 
2012-07-01 01:56:43 PM

Notabunny: So their point is that every Tennessee State legislator must be tested? I'm ok with this.

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I still remember a few months back, some lawmaker (I think it was Georgia) was proposing drug tests to everyone who gets a government check, from welfare to government employees. A reporter asked if Congress would be included, and that guy lost his shiat in a "HOW DARE YOU!" fit of self-righteousness.

It was pretty obvious who this guy was trying to target with that proposal.
 
2012-07-01 01:57:25 PM

Heraclitus: You call it Welfare, I call it the " I'm not living in your house, eating your groceries and porking your wife" Tax.

Potato / Potatoe


Actually I call it the "No one helped me when I was on food stamps" tax.
 
2012-07-01 01:58:18 PM
The GOP base doesn't want to be satisfied.

This is another thing like birth control for women. It's an issue the GOP brings up to keep their lampshade-hat-wearing church ladies happy.

The GOP women want nothing more than to judge everyone, everywhere, and mete out social punishments. In the case of social assistance, they want to feel superior in their home-making skills and judge everyone else, just like they do in the after-bible-study conversations they have every Wednesday night.

Nothing would please them more than to have the right to cattle prod a Food Stamp mother with name-brand cereal in the grocery line. Every reward in life they receive is from judging and punishing others.
 
2012-07-01 02:02:44 PM

stoli n coke: jj325: You have to be a 21 to gamble or drink. If you want to buy a lottery ticket, go to a casino, or buy alcohol you should have to swipe your ID. If it comes back saying you're unemployed you are denied.

Why do you want to punish businesses? It's not the liquor store or casino's responsibility to make sure people make good decisions.


Conservatives immediately drop all semblance of giving a fark about what makes the slightest bit of sense, if they catch even a whiff of the chance to step on someone poorer than they are.

The machine of government can never be big enough, provided that the machine is dedicated to squeezing tears out of poor people.
 
2012-07-01 02:03:46 PM
Louisiana tried this. A Democrat put in an amendment that lawmakers would also be required to be drug tested. It didn't pass.
 
2012-07-01 02:04:37 PM
Ooh, ooh, we can call welfare the "What Would Jesus Do" tax.

Or the "Are we a Christian Nation or Not?" tax.
 
2012-07-01 02:05:37 PM
It beats testing everyone and sending it out to regular drug labs. This way only the suspicious are tested and it goes to suspicious drug labs, which may or may not be owned by the very people who wrote and enacted the law. Suspicious.
 
2012-07-01 02:07:15 PM

badhatharry: Louisiana tried this. A Democrat put in an amendment that lawmakers would also be required to be drug tested. It didn't pass.


No of course not. Heaven forbid we try to hold our lawmakers to the same standards that they're trying to hold welfare recipients to.
 
2012-07-01 02:07:32 PM

skipjack: FTFA: "Hopefully, this will get people who are on drugs to get the treatment they need to get off drugs,"

Such an evil plot.


That's hilarious.
 
2012-07-01 02:10:00 PM
The thing that bothers me is that all this does is reinforce the belief that all welfare recipients are druggies so that makes it ok to cut funding to them and Jesus will be cool with it.

When faced with reality (ie: only 1% failed the drug test in Florida), these same people deny it and try to make up with as many excuses as they can to reinforce what they already believed in.

It's quite sickening when you also realize that these same people call themselves Christians.
 
2012-07-01 02:11:01 PM

Mrtraveler01: badhatharry: Louisiana tried this. A Democrat put in an amendment that lawmakers would also be required to be drug tested. It didn't pass.

No of course not. Heaven forbid we try to hold our lawmakers to the same standards that they're trying to hold welfare recipients to.


The standard for a Senator should be just a bit higher than the standard for a welfare recipient.
 
2012-07-01 02:11:11 PM
Anyone ever been up in the hills of Sevier County? I'm sure this will go over well.
 
2012-07-01 02:12:15 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: Mrtraveler01: badhatharry: Louisiana tried this. A Democrat put in an amendment that lawmakers would also be required to be drug tested. It didn't pass.

No of course not. Heaven forbid we try to hold our lawmakers to the same standards that they're trying to hold welfare recipients to.

The standard for a Senator should be just a bit higher than the standard for a welfare recipient.


That was my point.
 
2012-07-01 02:15:07 PM
Another moron of a governor wants to go after the people least likely to be able to afford drugs.

(hint: check up the noses on Wall Street)
 
2012-07-01 02:19:16 PM

imapirate: Anyone ever been up in the hills of Sevier County? I'm sure this will go over well.


Yeah. Lots of people on drugs and on welfare. And crazy as hell.
 
2012-07-01 02:20:10 PM

IlGreven: If he actually read any Ayn Rand and thinks that, then he didn't understand her at all.


Pretty much just like Christian conservatives and the Bible.
 
2012-07-01 02:23:15 PM

Lionel Mandrake: Silly Jesus: If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor. Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as "the right to enslave."

Yeah! I was unfairly obliged to help fund a morally reprehensible war in Iraq that killed thousands of innocent people. This war was imposed on me against my wishes, thus violating my rights. I was not given the opportunity to decide how each dollar I paid in taxes was allocated. I was shackled to the tyrannical war machine! This is slave labor!



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The Iraq War: slavery reinstated
 
2012-07-01 02:24:44 PM

jj325: You have to be a 21 to gamble or drink. If you want to buy a lottery ticket, go to a casino, or buy alcohol you should have to swipe your ID. If it comes back saying you're unemployed you are denied.


So now it's a call for more government interference? Should we start putting curfews on adults as well, you know, for their safety?
 
2012-07-01 02:24:49 PM
Everyone who receives public taxpayer money should be randomly tested throughout the year. Why should any hippie be allowed to have a such a prestigious job such as politician if all they are going to do is get high and make laws?
 
2012-07-01 02:26:50 PM

Mrtraveler01: Kumana Wanalaia: Mrtraveler01: badhatharry: Louisiana tried this. A Democrat put in an amendment that lawmakers would also be required to be drug tested. It didn't pass.

No of course not. Heaven forbid we try to hold our lawmakers to the same standards that they're trying to hold welfare recipients to.

The standard for a Senator should be just a bit higher than the standard for a welfare recipient.

That was my point.


Sorry, I was just making the next step explicit. My comment was for the helmet wearers, not you.
 
2012-07-01 02:27:22 PM
So, these states are figuring out novel ways to use the money they stole from unemployment recipients? I have to say, using it to cut welfare rolls is pretty damn ingenious. Funding drug testing for welfare is just beautiful, in how, it divides the starving poor against the starving almost homeless poorer. This isn't the Federal Government causing pain, so it must be a good thing. The only drug they'll find is from an evil weed that doesn't poison you, it doesn't make you crazy, it isn't physically addictive, nor do people sell sex with their babies to obtain it. It's not processed and grows unattended. The other heavy drug users are in the legal system already, and they don't qualify for welfare.
 
2012-07-01 02:31:57 PM
So, I can't get a job unless I pass a drug screening and nobody has a problem with that, but I can get free gubmint cheese and don't have to pass a screening and nobody has a problem with that either. Because poor peoples are stupid or somesuch farkwit liberal rationale. Got it.
 
2012-07-01 02:33:25 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: So, I can't get a job unless I pass a drug screening and nobody has a problem with that, but I can get free gubmint cheese and don't have to pass a screening and nobody has a problem with that either. Because poor peoples are stupid or somesuch farkwit liberal rationale. Got it.


2/10
 
2012-07-01 02:36:49 PM

missiv: So, these states are figuring out novel ways to use the money they stole from unemployment recipients? I have to say, using it to cut welfare rolls is pretty damn ingenious. Funding drug testing for welfare is just beautiful, in how, it divides the starving poor against the starving almost homeless poorer. This isn't the Federal Government causing pain, so it must be a good thing. The only drug they'll find is from an evil weed that doesn't poison you, it doesn't make you crazy, it isn't physically addictive, nor do people sell sex with their babies to obtain it. It's not processed and grows unattended. The other heavy drug users are in the legal system already, and they don't qualify for welfare.


"Starving poor"? Are you posting from Bangladesh?
 
2012-07-01 02:37:20 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: So, I can't get a job unless I pass a drug screening and nobody has a problem with that, but I can get free gubmint cheese and don't have to pass a screening and nobody has a problem with that either. Because poor peoples are stupid or somesuch farkwit liberal rationale. Got it.


Put down the crack pipe, dude.
 
2012-07-01 02:37:25 PM

gilgigamesh: Silly Jesus: If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor. Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as "the right to enslave."

We have a concept in the US called the "social contract". The quid pro quo of this contract reads roughly that for value received of not starving to death in the streets and generally having a slightly better than subsistence level of existing, the poor covenant not to rise up en masse to burn, loot and murder the wealthy.

Don't like it? Move to Somalia and live in a fortress.


So I should be happy with "give me money or I will burn your house down"?

Also, they aren't really sticking to their end of the contract.

I like this contract much better... "If I don't allow you to extort money from me, and you try to burn my house down, I'll enact the castle doctrine and solve the problem for you."
 
2012-07-01 02:40:16 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: So, I can't get a job unless I pass a drug screening and nobody has a problem with that, but I can get free gubmint cheese and don't have to pass a screening and nobody has a problem with that either. Because poor peoples are stupid or somesuch farkwit liberal rationale. Got it.


I'm surprised you passed the drug test with that kind of logic.
 
2012-07-01 02:44:13 PM

Shaggy_C: Lenny_da_Hog: And then when her kids steal food, throw *them* in jail.

Children of drug addicts should be taken from the home and placed with a state agency until such time that the parents are capable of being guardians.


Why do you want to enslave me to pay for somebody elses' children?

Tyrant.
 
2012-07-01 02:50:34 PM

Silly Jesus: I like this contract much better... "If I don't allow you to extort money from me, and you try to burn my house down, I'll enact the castle doctrine and solve the problem for you."


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2012-07-01 02:51:12 PM
FTFA: The welfare legislation - which passed the Senate 24-9 and the House 73-17 - requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, then the applicant will be tested for drugs.

I am pretty sure I know how this screening process will go. Look to see if the applicant is black. Test them.
 
2012-07-01 02:51:32 PM
Silly Jesus.. might as well call yourself Anti-Christ, dude.
 
2012-07-01 02:52:46 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: So, I can't get a job unless I pass a drug screening and nobody has a problem with that, but I can get free gubmint cheese and don't have to pass a screening and nobody has a problem with that either. Because poor peoples are stupid or somesuch farkwit liberal rationale. Got it.


I don't like drug screening employees either but there is a big difference between that and the government drug testing citizens. I don't think many people would be happy with a drug test before getting your income tax refund.
 
2012-07-01 02:53:06 PM

Silly Jesus: If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor. Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as "the right to enslave."



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/just trying to make you feel at home
 
2012-07-01 02:53:39 PM
Because being poor and having to accept welfare isn't humiliating enough.
 
2012-07-01 02:54:18 PM

microman: Ozarkhawk: 3 year old: I'm hungry!

Tennessee: Gee, sorry, but your mom takes drugs, so you don't get any food money.

3 year old: I'm hungry!

Tennessee: You should have thought of that before you decided to be born to a druggie! Go get a job! Be bootstrappy!

the Mom spent the money on drugs. Do you really think the kid got a meal from the welfare check? Are you that stupid? Yes you are?


i.qkme.me
 
2012-07-01 02:56:58 PM
Kumana Wanalaia: Hell, what if it's a straight up hobo who finds $1 (or collects 20 cans) and wants to buy a scratcher?

FYI, referring to an instant lottery ticket as "a scratcher" is also grounds for refusal of service.
 
2012-07-01 02:57:15 PM

Silly Jesus: gilgigamesh: Silly Jesus: If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor. Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as "the right to enslave."

We have a concept in the US called the "social contract". The quid pro quo of this contract reads roughly that for value received of not starving to death in the streets and generally having a slightly better than subsistence level of existing, the poor covenant not to rise up en masse to burn, loot and murder the wealthy.

Don't like it? Move to Somalia and live in a fortress.

So I should be happy with "give me money or I will burn your house down"?

Also, they aren't really sticking to their end of the contract.

I like this contract much better... "If I don't allow you to extort money from me, and you try to burn my house down, I'll enact the castle doctrine and solve the problem for you."


So, the taxes necessary to pay for an orderly society are now extortion?

Yes, please do. Move to the libertarian utopia of Somalia.
 
2012-07-01 02:59:47 PM
I would guess that these laws actually do catch more than the numbers suggest because most stoners aren't going to waste the money to get themselves drug tested when they know they can't pass, instead they'll turn to crime and loot garages, cars, homes, till they finally get busted and get processed into the prison complex. And this is they reason these laws are started in the first place. The states will spend the same money, probably more, but it'll be going into the hands of the "Worthy" instead of helping those that actually need it. America, a love story (for the wealthy).
 
2012-07-01 03:02:38 PM

Shaggy_C: Good. They should be thrown in jail if they fail, too.


And, updated to orange 1 noted: Old Boring Troll. Congrats! I'd never ignore you though, you're too stupid to get under my skin.
 
2012-07-01 03:08:11 PM

Elmo Jones: Silly Jesus: I like this contract much better... "If I don't allow you to extort money from me, and you try to burn my house down, I'll enact the castle doctrine and solve the problem for you."

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Lol
 
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