Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Drug felons must be the worst of all

If you are spending money on tuition for college, there is a "Hope Credit" available to reduce your taxes. I looked through the instructions of IRS Form 8863, which is what you file to get this credit. A curious qualification shows up in the instructions:

The student has not been convicted of a felony for possessing or distributing a controlled substance.

Form 8863

So convicted murderers, rapists, sex offenders, terrorists, etc., are all OK, as long as they weren't involved in drugs.

It seems to be an odd social policy. Maybe we think drug convicts are the worst of the worst and shouldn't be encouraged to improve themselves.

1 comment:

John said...

Oh, the most profitable inmate, the drug offender. Yes, normally minimum security classification, meaning he is totally capable of being transported off the compound and work at a non-secured location, and be housed in a dormitorary setting.
Also the one voted most likely to receive a mandatory sentence.

For those who have invested in the prison industry, it has been profitable. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, another will replace them and they may have no source of income, facing sitting in their cell all day.

I notice that many section 8 housing and other government housing has a drug clause too. I'm sure a well meaning Christian assisted in making sure that the druggies got properly punished.

Trust all is well with you and yours, John