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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Let's drug test legislators, too

  • After reading (Steve) Fitzgerald's article Feb. 1, I see that he has the same ideology as Gov. Brownback. Robin Hood in reverse, rob from the poor to feed the corporations and the wealthy.
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  • To the editor:
    After reading (Steve) Fitzgerald's article Feb. 1, I see that he has the same ideology as Gov. Brownback. Robin Hood in reverse, rob from the poor to feed the corporations and the wealthy.
    These people always talk about smaller government, but, when given the opportunity they swing right into action of wanting to use government to invade your home, family and ability to feed your family. Social issues always jump to the front.
    As far as their tax plan, it has already proven that those making under $20,000 are going to pay $355 a year more in income tax. The only ones getting a break are the wealthy and corporations. I know they want to model this state after Texas, which has the lowest wage scale and the highest amount of people without health insurance. It doesn't sound to me like a state to set your goal to be like. More like a race to the bottom.
    As far as drug testing the poor and the unemployed, Florida has already implemented that program. The poor and unemployed tested under 2 percent while the general population tested 7 percent, and it cost more to run the program then it saved the state.
    I think you need to test the representatives and the governor and all of your staffs. After all, we are paying your wages too. Why should you get a check from the state without being tested too. What's good for the goose is also good for the gander.
    You tried to gloss it over with programs, but you are going to take them and their children's living and food away from them while the bread winner is trying to jump through all these new government regulations and agencies you will have to create. And you are going to have employers invade people's lives and report them to the state. A lot of these families are single-parent families, which will leave nothing for the children if they lose their unemployment.
    So, when a poor person loses his job due to economic downturn, a job he may have had for years and he might have smoked a weed once in a while on his time off, you will take this family's livelihood away for an extended amount of time and make him unemployable for who knows how long.
    It sounds like the state may take charge of the children too, I suppose you will build some good orphanages for those children. You will have to do something as there is already a shortage of people that will do foster care.
    I hope God will reward you people for your cold heartedness. I was born and have lived here and paid taxes to this state all my life.
    Page 2 of 2 - I used to be proud of Kansas, but it has gone so far to the right, it may fall off the Earth. Maybe you can get all the working poor to leave the state.
    Don't know where you will get your service workers and repairmen though.
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