David Wallechinsky, Noel Brinkerhoff
February 23, 2012
While millions of Americans will continue to enjoy their modest payroll tax cut, many of them will now have to submit to drug testing as part of the deal struck between the two parties in Congress. As part of the compromise reached to extend the tax cut, Democrats agreed to a Republican provision giving states the right to require those seeking unemployment benefits who were fired for drug use to undergo testing administered by the state. Whatâ€™s strange about this concession is that workers who are fired for drug use are not eligible for unemployment benefits anyway.
However, a second section of the bill is likely to impact hundreds of thousands of individuals. This section applies to workers applying for jobs in industries where drug testing is prevalent even if the workers have never been laid off because of drug use. Any state that chooses to apply this rule will shift the financial burden of drug testing from employers to state taxpayers. TheÂ Department of Laborhas not yet announced which industries will qualify for the drug testing provision
Some opponents of the bill have proposed that members of state legislatures who approve drug testing applicants for unemployment benefits should themselves be tested for drugs since they too receive government benefits.
Is the middle class being wiped out? It seems all jobs that are not State or Federal are being shut down, fined all the while people aren't really noticing this because it is so huge and you would have to research information for a long time to know and see what this really means.
While the jobs are being s hifted out we are left paying for it all, but how can we all pay for it when nobody has a job.
How can we speak among one another when Obama has DHS teaching everybody he's their GOD basically and we are to follow everything he says we have to do , like it or not.
Not many areas are left to hit
Health care Obama's torn it to shreds
Economy--- We are more broke than we have ever been in history ( all presidents guilty)
Religion-- Â He's destroyed " everybody'sÂ beliefs" Â Thanks.