Is Tax Money Being Properly Spent?

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In 1850, Frederic Bastiat published an essay entitled “The Law.” Bastiat wrote, “It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist. On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist beforehand, that men make laws” (2). Humans construct government so that these governments can write laws designed to protect the body, mind, and property of the individual, but as society has developed, these laws have been bent and twisted, ultimately taking away the individual’s rights. In the United States, the Bill of Rights protects our civil freedoms, but it too has been interpreted in favor of an individual’s case since the day it was written. The fourth amendment to the United States Constitution says that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” (Bill of Rights). This amendment also applies to the bodily fluids of a person, which should not be seized unless the official requesting them has a warrant that is based upon a factual reason to believe the examination of the person’s fluids would reveal the presence of an illegal substance. In the modern world of athletics, performance enhancers have become increasingly popular, as well as increasingly dangerous. In order to stop the abuse of performance enhancers, a practice parallel to cheating, the bodies regulating collegiate and professional sports have instilled policies that demand that athletes be tested for performance enhancers. Before the 1980... ... middle of paper ... ...esting (Encyclopedia of Everyday Law) -" ENotes – Literature Study Guides, Lesson Plans, and More. Web. 06 Feb. 2012. How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System - Drug Detection Times - Drug Detection Window. Web. 09 Feb. 2012. Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Testing in Schools | National Institute on Drug Abuse." Home | National Institute on Drug Abuse. Web. 09 Feb. 2012. Bastiat, Frédéric. The Law. Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Foundation for Economic Education, 1950. Print. “Effectiveness of Student Drug Testing." Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Home Page, a Part of the U.S. Department of Education. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. "Funding Status -- Demonstration Grants for Student Drug Testing." 302 Found. Web. 23 Feb. 2012. "The Athlete." Drug Testing, In Sports. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. "Drug Testing and Ethics." Santa Clara University. Web. 24 Feb. 2012.

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