Congresswoman Calls for Drug-Testing the One Percent, Not the Poor

A Wisconsin congresswoman, “sick and tired, and sick and tired of being sick and tired, of the criminalization of poverty,” plans to introduce a bill requiring drug tests for the rich before high-dollar tax deductions are approved.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Milwaukee, told the Guardian in an interview Wednesday that her initiative was inspired by fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan’s new “anti-poverty” plan, unveiled last week in front of a Washington, D.C. drug treatment center. At the time, Moore denounced that proposal as “a series of discriminatory policies meant to stigmatize the most vulnerable among us.”

She said to the Guardian this week: “When he stood in front of a drug treatment center and rolled out his anti-poverty initiative, pushing this narrative that poor people are drug addicts, that was the last straw.”

Indeed, Moore wrote in an op-ed last year:

In turn, Moore plans to introduce on Thursday the “Top 1% Accountability Act,” which the Guardian explains “would force taxpayers with itemized deductions of more than $150,000—which, according to 2011 tax data compiled by the IRS, would only be households with a yearly federal adjusted gross income of more than $1m—to submit to the IRS a clear drug test from a sample no more than three months old, or take the much lower standard deduction when filing their taxes.”

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