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Doc Holliday

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A little help here, please...?

I found myself on the receiving end of a losing argument with a radio host, simply because I was (in retrospect) woefully unprepared.

The topic was mandatory drug testing for recipients of public assistance.

I argued against it from three angles:
1) It's demonstrably not cost-effective; therefore, it's not an example of fiscally responsible behavior.
2) Unless the affected government agencies start up their own Analysis of Other People's Pee Department (which increases the size and expense to the taxpayer of the local bureaucracy) they'll have to outsource it to some private sector place that analyzes other people's pee. This will cost money, too. (See #1 above.)
3) No conservative will even admit that there's a Constitutional aspect to government-mandated drug testing. I believe that there is, a very visible one, grounded in both the letter and the spirit of the 4th and 5th Amendments.

I could sure use some nicely-crafted talking points. I don't think I represented Our Side very well. But then I've never been much of a salesman. Some good, well-structured words would be a big help, because I'd love to call this guy back and cram it down his throat. We were both winging it, but it was his bat and ball; by the time I got my shit together the call was over. Where better to get some good words than DUers?
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