ACT SURPRISED

Posted in Quick Hits on November 20th, 2013 by Ed

Sometimes the timing just works out. One day I mention The Handmaid's Tale – you know, with the theocracy for the peasants and hedonism for the ruling class – and the next day one of the congressional Republicans' "drug test the welfare queens" cheering section gets busted with cocaine. Isn't it funny that poor and/or brown people use drugs because they're moral degenerates, but when rich and/or white people do it they're suffering from the disease of alcoholism? It's almost like some sort of hypocritical double standard.

Then again the concept of mandatory drug testing for benefit recipients has nothing to do with drug use or morality; it's an excuse, and a particularly flimsy one, to funnel government money to the for-profit medical industry.