Thanks to the Occupy movement and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, income inequality has reached hashtag worthiness. The gap between the rich and the poor is now wider than than it has been in decades, which means mealy-mouthed politicians can no longer dance around this issue. Even Republicans have chimed in on this issue, which is tantamount to a deadbeat dad suddenly showing up once the kids are all grown up.
But even as life for the nation’s struggling working class means working hard but getting paid less, soulless Republicans in Congress choose to appease morons with tea bags on their ears; that is, the very SAME people sucking off the gov-mint while hypocritically decrying it. As a result, we have seen such disgusting forms of poor-shaming as gutting SNAP benefits for veterans and drug testing food stamp recipients.
One Democratic Congresswoman, however, is sick and tired of watching Republicans shame the poor while giving free reign to wall street donors that allow them to stay in office–and thus fatten their own wallets.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Milwaukee, plans to introduce a bill requiring drug tests for the rich before high-dollar tax deductions are approved. Moore said that she came up with the plan after watching House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-R) audaciously unveil his “anti-poverty” plan in front of a Washington, D.C. drug treatment center. Moore denounced that proposal as “a series of discriminatory policies meant to stigmatize the most vulnerable among us.”
When he stood in front of a drug treatment center and rolled out his anti-poverty initiative, pushing this narrative that poor people are drug addicts, that was the last straw, said Moore
In fact, Moore has been fighting this hypocrisy for quite some time. Here is a summary of an op-ed she wrote last year:
We don’t drug-test wealthy CEOs who receive federal subsidies for their private jets, nor do we tell Pell Grant recipients which degrees to pursue. We don’t dictate how senior citizens should spend their social security checks, nor do we force judges or public officials to prove their sobriety to earn their paychecks. Attaching special demands to government aid exclusively targets our country’s most vulnerable individuals and families. The implication that those battling poverty are more susceptible to substance abuse is as absurd as it is offensive, and forcing people to choose between feeding their families and protecting their constitutionally protected rights is disgraceful.
As Robin Williams once wryly observed, cocaine is “god’s way of telling you that you’re making too much money.” Calling it the “Top 1% Accountability Act,” Moore humorously mocked certain Wall Street banksters love of the snow.
We might really save some money by drug-testing folks on Wall Street,” she said, “who might have a little cocaine before they get their deal done.
Kudos to this brave Congresswoman for finally standing up to the wall street puppets in Congress who shame the poor while coddling the potentially hard-drug using rich.
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