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Hagan wants to drug test legislators

Published: Thu, September 1, 2011 @ 2:10 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — If passing a drug test is a requisite to receiving welfare benefits, then Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown, thinks state legislators should have to fulfill the same obligations.

Hagan today proposed legislation that would require state legislators, Supreme Court justices, statewide elected officials and JobsOhio board members to pay for mandatory drug tests — on their own dime.

“We have a lot of people running around and getting picked up with drugs and alcohol in their system,” Hagan told The Vindicator Thursday. “And lately, they happen to be politicians.”

For details see Friday's Vindicator or watch Vindy.com.


1Woody(469 comments)posted 4 years ago

How about everyone on the public dole? Office holders, welfare, food stamp, and Medicaid recipients, public employees.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

There goes the economy of Ohio . . ..

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3candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years ago

13,500,000 unemployed and climbing.

What does a reduction of 12,000 applications over 800,000 in a week really mean on top of that?

Answer: one big failure...Hagan should resign
and take his drunk political pals with


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4AtownAugie(794 comments)posted 4 years ago

Maybe test legislators before -- or after, what a concept -- they mouth off and dust it up in a bar? Or maybe Buckwheat Bob will propose legislation to ban belly dancers in the state? An unrelated news article: http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/feb/08...

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5DwightK(1384 comments)posted 4 years ago

This will be great for getting people to be hired in the drug testing industry. If applicants can pass the drug test.

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6lumper(291 comments)posted 4 years ago

sadly, the people that hagan represents are mostly freeloaders who would have to be drugtested. he's just defending his "peeps"

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7ice(28 comments)posted 4 years ago

I can see Tim Ryan taking one who would not doubt fail, he has got to be high dating Nancy P. daughter. Look at all the local city employees and police officers that would most likely fail as well here in NE Ohio. Teat all of them they will refuse or say ok in 3 days. LMAO

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8JME(801 comments)posted 4 years ago

No more late nights at The Lemon Grove for Buckwheat Bob.

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9southsidedave(5119 comments)posted 4 years ago

Sounds like a fine idea!

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10taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years ago

I think this idiot just says stuff like this to get his name in the paper. You can't fix stupid!

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11candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years ago

Bob and Tim have a plan...that will take you from the Great Recession to the Greatest Depression.

I suggest you have a cocktail on that news...


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12300(573 comments)posted 4 years ago

Why stop there? How about every farmer who receives subsidies? Every executive at any company that receives a tax abatement? All religious leaders whose churches or non-profits aren't taxed? All mortgage owners who write their interest off their taxes?

I say let's drug test every single person who receives even a dime in public money.

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13harleydog(243 comments)posted 4 years ago

Hagan is an idiot, always was and always will be. He has been living off the public dole for too long. Go away Hagan and take your loud mouth, publicity seeking butt with you.

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14crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years ago

Drug test elected politicians? For once I agree with something Hagan said.

Too bad Hagan is promoting this idea just as a little protest to drug testing his welfare recipient base...

Sure. It sounds like a good idea. These are after all the same fools voting to inflict such intrusions upon other folks.

Make sure we drug test police and affiliated agents, detectives, etc.

As far as testing public beneficiaries (welfare) as opposed to others. It's really apples vs. oranges comparison.

A welfare recipient is getting a handout that is 100% of their monthly income. They typically aren't working, aren't feeding themselves, not paying for housing, etc.

/ How about every farmer who receives subsidies? Every executive at any company that receives a tax abatement? All religious leaders whose churches or non-profits aren't taxed? All mortgage owners who write their interest off their taxes? /

We shouldn't be paying farmers subsidies. It's a corrupt and broken program. It smells just like welfare to me.

Tax abatement recipients? They provide taxable income, jobs, other contributions. Abatements are often done purely to create jobs in localities. So not the same at all.

Religious leaders? We didn't have 501(c)whatevers prior to 1950's. People donated money because the church and other non profit types were deeply rooted in their faith and community. We enacted 501(c)whatever because modern detached citizens absent a tax deduction 95%+ of them wouldn't give a dime to such.

Mortgage deductions? Malformed bad idea to float the entire housing mortgage scam industry. Problem doing away with such or lumping such in here is absent the deduction for mortgages, the real estate industry would crash even worse and have big negative implications on economy.

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15300(573 comments)posted 4 years ago

^^^ You're right.

I guess my point is that many people today simply want to attack other groups of people. No one likes some drug addict collecting welfare, but that most receiving benefits aren't drug users, it's just a stereotype.

People have been whipped into a frenzy by the media and certain political interests, and they're in attack mode; but only as long as it's some other group of people being attacked. Even my modest amount of undergrad courses in psychology were enough to see the personal traits withing those frothing at the mouth that are causing these witch hunts.

As for tax abatements, it shouldn't matter if a company promises to create jobs. Businesses have the system worked out in their favor to such an extent that they're able to hold hostage local and state governments. In my opinion, these business leaders should be despised by Americans, and seen as the greedy traitors that they are. They hold no loyalty to society, and as such I wish the people would hold no loyalty to them.

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16crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years ago

You are right @300 about the tax abatements.

AT&T just was in the news for their T-Mobile buyout that the feds denied due to anti-trust matters.

AT&T, they whip out the we'll bring back jobs card - like 5000 of them --- from OVERSEAS.

All these big mega corps that love taxpayer funded slush money seem to also have a propensity towards sending more and more jobs to 3rd world countries.

They also seem to all be engaged in money laundering to avoid taxation also.

Time to punch BIG FAT corporate greed in the wallet and issue them all some prison blues.

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