Rep. Trey Radel, the Tea Party freshman Republican from Florida, who was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, also voted in support of sweeping reforms to the nation’s food stamp program.
Those reforms cut some $40 billion in nutrition aid over 10 years and deny benefits to millions starting in 2014.
In September The Huffington Post reported:
The bill is packed with changes to SNAP: It would require more beneficiaries to pass income and asset tests to prove their poverty. It would allow states to require drug tests. It would allow states to deny benefits to able-bodied adults who don’t work or enroll in training for at least 20 hours per week.
37 year-old Radel was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Addiction does not discriminate and can hit anyone at any age, or of any financial status. To throw poor people under the bus with the assumption that seeking a hand up, means they are on drugs, thus putting them under a microscope while doing cocaine yourself stinks of hypocrisy.
This is America. We should never demean the poor.
There was a clue that he was on cocaine in this video, in my opinion:
Big thanks to my buddy @TomCinmidlife for helping me with the research. You can follow Tom on Twitter here.