TALLAHASSEE — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing Gov. Rick Scott to stop random drug testing of state employees, a policy enacted by Scott shortly after taking office.
Attorneys argue that the new policy, which calls for random drug testing of more than 100,000 state employees, violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unlawful searches and seizures….Mandatory drug testing has been tested in a patchwork of cases over the years, with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting it for employees – like railroad workers and some Customs employees – whose jobs could affect public safety. But it ruled against “suspicion-less” testing in a Georgia case where the state required all candidates for certain state offices to pass a drug test. — Sun Sentinel
Here we go again. Here come those conservative “get government off our backs” ‘Pubs insinuating government into people’s lives, this time though their bladders and blood. “Hey $18,000/year file clerk! Pis in this bottle! Maybe you’re stoned!”
Governor Dickwithears is as transparent in his motives as he is follically challenged. Is there any doubt in your mind that the incentive for this outrageous policy has nothing to do with a drug-free workplace, but everything to do with the money to be made by his own financial interest in conducting drug tests? That’s his field and M.O., remember: ripping off governments through fraudulent medical billings.
What is the point of this policy? Can somebody show me evidence that after-work and weekend dope smokers are less effective employees than daily drinkers, pain-pill abusers, speed freaks, and brain-dead graduates of southern universities? Can somebody provide evidence that smoking marijuana is as dangerous to health and/or job performance as smoking cigarettes, crack, or iguana thyroid? Or sucking down those perfectly legal canned high energy sugar and caffeine concoctions?
The underlying bias here is that drugs of any variety are e-v-i-l and lead to moral deprivations like homosexuality, communism, AIDS, and Birkenstocks. In sum, it’s some kind of 1950’s era mentality that forms the cultural center and comfort zone of today’s political conservatives.
There are excellent reasons for drug-testing certain individual employees, and there are sound rationales for subjecting certain high-profile, high[-stress, high-security personnel for drugs. A blanket policy covering everybody makes no economical or practical sense (leaving aside those pesky Constitutional issues). These considerations are ‘way too subtle for Gov Dickwithears to grasp.
Perhaps the best reason for testing, though, is to determine whether the government employee is drugged or just stupid.
“I said on the campaign trail that if elected, I would run Florida state government like a business,” he told reporters. “This policy serves to intimidate employees while diverting public funds to private enterprise like mine — specifically mine. THAT’S the way you run government like a business. What don’t you understand?”