The poor have been asked to prove that they are virtuous enough to receive financial help from the state ever since the early days of welfare and other government benefits.
Now, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) has introduced the Top 1% Accountability Act of 2016, which applies that same logic to the rich. The bill requires drug testing for all tax filers claiming itemized deductions over $150,000 and would require these filers to submit a clear drug test to the IRS, or take the standard deduction,
The bill highlights the fact that the rich, as well as the poor, receive aid, in the form of tax breaks, although they are never asked to prove their worthiness, writes Alana Semuels.
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