Taking a break from the 2016 election, let's turn to an amusing twist on the everyday craziness of how American government works: Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore wants to treat the richest recipients of government largesse the same way we treat the poorest by forcing them to submit to drug testing before giving them taxpayer benefits.
"We’re not going to get rid of the federal deficit by cutting poor people off Snap," said Moore, referring to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, "But if we are going to drug-test people to reduce the deficit, let’s start on the other end of the income spectrum."
Specifically, Moore's bill would force wealthy individuals with over $1,000,000 in annual income who are seeking more than $150,000 in itemized deductions to send a clear drug test to the IRS along with their tax forms. Individuals wishing to avoid a drug test can take the lower standard deduction.
That's actually a pretty good idea. https://t.co/SfVHpeWsqJ— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) June 17, 2016