There are several sandwich shops kittycorner from the Ohio Statehouse. A friend of a friend of mine works in one of them. She does not speak about her daughter because it is too painful. Her daughter is a crack addict and running the streets Lord only knows where. Before disappearing, the addict-daughter left her daughter behind for the grandparents to rear. The grandparents are doing the best they can for their grandchild in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
It would not surprise me in the least to learn that one or several of our august Ohio legislators are regular customers in the shop where the friend of my friend works. It would astound me to learn that even one of them has looked up from his or her sandwich long enough to learn what that grandmother and grandfather are going through.
In the 129th General Assembly, the idea has been floated to require all welfare recipients to undergo drug screening to qualify for state aid. It is most telling that the idea has been dropped not for any compunction about illegal search and seizure but because "our" illustrious politicians fear that the State of Ohio would then be on the hook to pay for rehabilitating the addicts.
Ethics, boys and girls, ethics...