Congresswoman And Long Time Welfare Recipient Wants To Drug Test “Rich” People Who Gets Tax Breaks
One of the benefits of an education that stresses the development of critical thinking skills is the ability to distinguish apples and oranges – and avoid embarrassing one’s self in the United States House of Representatives.
Such is the case with Democrat Congresswoman Gwen Moore from Wisconsin who is taking a very vocal stand against… a problem that doesn’t exist by introducing legislation that is… ridiculous.
Sounds a bit like business as usual in Washington D.C., but Moore is deadly serious about her campaign to stamp out what she sees an unfair, rigged system that treats working people who pay taxes differently from – wait for it – people who collect welfare benefits.
Moore, who is in her seventh term, says she has “had enough” of state legislatures adopting drug testing as prerequisite for those receiving welfare.
To that end, she will be introducing the “Top 1% Accountability Act” to require similar testing before any taxpayer could claim itemized tax deductions over a set amount on their annual income tax return.
The representative says she wants to correct the “unfairness” of the system, but clearly is unable to distinguish the difference between people who receive government aid generated from taxpayer revenue and the taxpayers themselves.
“Poor people are entitled to things like Medicaid and SNAP [food stamps],” Moore said, “but people who take tax deductions and particularly those in the top 1 percent…are not entitled to anything.”
The bill would require any taxpayer claiming deductions, such as mortgage interest to submit a clean drug test within three months of filing or forfeit the itemized deduction.
Moore, who says she is a former welfare recipient herself, says while she is “truly grateful” for the assistance she received,
“I would love to see some hedge fund manager on Wall Street who might be sniffing a little cocaine here and there to stay awake realize that he can’t get his $150,000 worth of deductions unless he submits to a drug test.”
Apparently, the irony of equating people who work and invest in the economy, buy homes, start businesses and hire employees and – yes, actually pay taxes – with those who do not pay into the “system,” is lost on Moore, who is hoping to attract co-sponsors to her bill in the coming weeks.