New Poll Shows More Americans Would Rather See Congress Drug Tested Than Welfare Recipients

give-sampleThere’s a line Republican often use when they’re trying to justify their propaganda and rhetoric: “We’re listening to the American people.”  I can’t count the times I’ve heard conservatives say this, even when polls overwhelmingly showed their stance on the issues was not what the majority of the American people supported.

The government shutdown is probably the most recent — and best — example of Republicans doing what they wanted while disregarding the will of the American people.  You can go ahead and throw immigration reform and universal background checks for all gun purchases in there as well.

Another issue many conservatives have claimed is a result of “listening to the American people” is this push within Republican-controlled states to drug test those who are applying for welfare.  And according to many polls that I’ve seen, they’re somewhat accurate.  Though the margins aren’t always massive, it does often appear that more Americans do favor drug testing individuals applying for welfare.

Oh, but there’s just one other thing — most Americans actually would like to see members of Congress drug tested as well.

Not only do most Americans want to see Congress drug tested, according to the poll done by YouGov, Americans favor drug testing members of Congress by 8% more than drug testing welfare applicants.

According to this poll, 54% of Americans favor drug testing welfare applicants, while 62% favor drug testing Congress.

After all, why would members of Congress oppose random drug testing?  If they nothing have to hide, why not pass legislation right now that would require members of Congress to submit to random drug testing?

Hell, they’re public employees paid by the taxpayers, right?  Why should our tax dollars go toward supporting their drug habit?  Isn’t that the argument they use in defense of these programs that drug test welfare applicants?

Alas, we know members of Congress will never be drug tested.  They would be the ones voting on whether or not to allow for random drug testing, and I can almost guarantee that it wouldn’t pass with the group of hypocrites we have now.

But I just can’t see the argument against this.  Like I said, members of Congress are public employees paid by taxpayers.  Many other public employees are required to take drug tests—so why not them?

I just find it truly hypocritical for many of these members of congress to go back to their home states and push for the drug testing of welfare applicants while fiercely opposing taking a drug test themselves.

And with 62% of Americans supporting drug testing for members of Congress, it’s an issue that the American people seem to be speaking loud and clear about.

But will members of Congress listen?  I seriously doubt it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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