“That is barbaric,” Genie declared. “People in need should not be disgraced by intrusive tests. It’s a violation of one’s civil liberties.”
“Tell me an alternative,” I said, “to drug testing when employers persistently complain about the numbers of applicants they must reject when they administer drug tests. Why should an addict continue to receive unemployment compensation when his/her behavior is the reason he/she is not able to get a job?
“We need strong drug relief programs that help people return to society. The time seems to be at hand when the citizenry is tired of supporting drug addiction with tax money.”
“Would you extend testing to other groups? It is very expensive, you know,” Genie continued the contest.
“I would require,” I answered, “those who seek election to public office to demonstrate competence in the affairs of that office. They should know the basics of local, state, or federal government organization and history. It is laughable how little legislators know of government when they take office. They are necessarily dependent on staff and senior party members because they are so unfamiliar with their responsibilities.”
“That won’t keep us from electing fools,” Genie said.
I had no comeback for that.
Morton J. Marcus, formerly with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, can be reached at email@example.com.