State Rep. Doug McKillip, R-Athens, went on the record in this morning’s Athens Banner-Herald to take a tough stand in the war on drugs. He’s signed-on to three welfare drug-testing bills that would require drug tests to qualify for certain government benefits. Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, introduced the drug-testing legislation.
Here’s the logic Rep. McKillip applies: “We simply cannot allow the drug trade to be funded with government benefits.”
He goes on to say that if there are any savings that result from fewer of Georgia’s poor receiving government benefits, he would like that money applied to a tax cut on energy for manufacturers.
That’s right. This GOP lawmaker wants to take money out of the pockets of the poor and transfer it directly to corporations. If there’s class warfare in America, it doesn’t get any clearer than this.
If Rep. McKillip is serious about stopping government funds that end up fueling the drug trade, he will propose drug tests for all executives in corporations that receive tax breaks, grants or other government funds.
But McKillip isn’t serious about this. Instead, he simply wants to attack all of Georgia’s poor to make a point about the few who are addicted to drugs.
It’s true that Meth is a large and growing problem in rural Georgia. But Rep. Stephens and all of his co-sponsors will not solve that problem with this bill that is made-for-headlines. Rep. Stephens, Rep. McKillip and their conservative cohorts should pledge to support the successful Georgia Meth Project, which is a prevention program that stops the cycle of drug abuse from one generation to the next.