Should we just star calling him Governor Pee Cup? Because Rick Scott is now forever identified with spearheading laws that required people receiving welfare to take drug tests. Never mind the fact that the policy ended up costing the state money, or that the rate of positive tests was extremely low, or that the law is currently blocked by a federal court after being found to be unconstitutional. Rick Scott's controversial policy has one fan: Mitt Romney.
Romney was in Atlanta recently ahead of the upcoming Georgia primary, and apparently the Peach state is considering similar laws. So a television news journalist asked him about his take on the controversial drug testing laws.
"States will deal with drug testing with welfare recipients, but my own view it's a great idea," replied Romney. "People who are receiving welfare benefits, government benefits, we should make sure they are not using the money for drugs. I think it's an excellent idea."
Yes! An excellent idea! Besides, you know, the court challenges and the loss of money!
"Romney probably sees this as a way to pander just a little more to his party's base, but there are some pretty dramatic flaws with this policy," theorizes Steve Benen at Maddow Blog. "For one thing, there are constitutional concerns about the government forcing Americans to give up bodily fluid in order to qualify for benefits to which they're entitled. Is this what the right now considers 'limited government'?"
Someone start the countdown until when a Daily Show reporter asks Romney to pee in a cup.
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