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house Bill H.R. 5507

Should Wealthy Taxpayers Have to Pass a Drug Test to Get Big Tax Deductions?

Argument in favor

If some states are going to require welfare recipients to pass drug tests to collect benefits, the federal government should require wealthy taxpayers with over $150,000 in itemized deductions to provide proof of a clean drug test or else they lose the ability to itemize.

Brenna's Opinion
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06/18/2016
No one should have to pass a drug test to receive welfare, but this is a good way of emphasizing how ridiculous the concept is, especially because it is applied to just the poor.
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Ashley's Opinion
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06/18/2016
I think it raises a good point that if welfare recipients are required to drug test for governmental benefits why not have those who want tax cuts do the same. However I don't think that either should be drug tested.
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Paul's Opinion
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06/17/2016
It's a stupid idea, but no stupider than testing low income beneficiaries .
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There’s a big difference between having to pass a drug test to receive welfare benefits and having to pass a drug test to file your taxes a certain way. It’s worth debating whether welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test, but this is a petty way of starting that dialogue.

Bryan's Opinion
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06/18/2016
There is a huge difference between someone living off the government and someone working and producing for society.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/18/2016
Astounding question. Making up nonsense questions to create controversy. About the same as developing a solution for a problem not yet present. This one big step over the line. Would this be called a Wealth Test? Is this Wealth Test like a alcohol test at a bar or liquor store qualifying drinker to purchase his next adult beverage.
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Todd's Opinion
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06/18/2016
Welfare and taxes cannot be treated the same. If we are going to begin requiring drug tests to get your deductions, then welfare benefits received should now also be treated as taxable income.
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    No one should have to pass a drug test to receive welfare, but this is a good way of emphasizing how ridiculous the concept is, especially because it is applied to just the poor.
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    There is a huge difference between someone living off the government and someone working and producing for society.
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    I think it raises a good point that if welfare recipients are required to drug test for governmental benefits why not have those who want tax cuts do the same. However I don't think that either should be drug tested.
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    Astounding question. Making up nonsense questions to create controversy. About the same as developing a solution for a problem not yet present. This one big step over the line. Would this be called a Wealth Test? Is this Wealth Test like a alcohol test at a bar or liquor store qualifying drinker to purchase his next adult beverage.
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    Welfare and taxes cannot be treated the same. If we are going to begin requiring drug tests to get your deductions, then welfare benefits received should now also be treated as taxable income.
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    This is extremely petty. They've made a living for themselves, only welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test. If I have to pass a drug test to work, they need to pass a drug test to live off of the government.
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    Why single out wealthy taxpayers?! Let's just make EVERYONE pass a drug test before they get a dime back from Uncle Sam! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! When did our government become a totalitarian dictatorship?! Oh, yeah, that was in 2008, wasn't it?! Thank God Almighty my generation got to grow up in a FREE AMERICA! I wish I could say the same for the children growing up today. . . .
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    It's a stupid idea, but no stupider than testing low income beneficiaries .
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    Mandatory drug testing is ridiculous and a waste of taxpayer dollars and time.
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    This is a stupid idea that has no basis in logic. Just a liberal reaction to a law that had actual reasoning.
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    tax breaks for the wealthy cheats middle income and lower income taxpayers
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    Their drug use, however prevalent, has no bearing on their itemized tax deductions.
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    While there's nothing explicitly wrong with this idea, let's work on making people getting free money from the to government pass drug tests before we make people trying to give the government money pass the tests.
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    I think it's criminal to put anyone no matter what tax bracket into that position. It's disrespectful to the work and determination that they've had to reach this point to criminalize their actions. Even requiring someone that is getting welfare to pass a drug test to gain benefits is also criminalizing their position that requires government assistance.
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    I don't believe welfare recipients should pass a drug test either
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    Flat tax... Everyone pays something... Problem solved
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    I'm against mandatory drug testing.
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    The sheer ignorance of even just the suggestion of this is just baffling to me.
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    Paying taxes is different from receiving welfare. In welfare you are being given money that is not yours. In tax deductions you are keeping the money that you did earn.
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    Though the point is well taken, this is a petty response to another bad law. Using the legislative system to make a point is not an effective or responsible way to enact change. Laws requiring welfare applicants to pass drug tests have been proven fruitless when tested, as fewer than 1% of applicants failed these tests. We should work to repeal these policies on their own merits. We should not create new laws to serve as "payback" or to "make a point" to the wealthy, or to lawmakers themselves. This kind of pettiness is part of why the system is broken.
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