Ryan Grim Discusses Orrin Hatch's Plan To Drug Test The Unemployed: 'Seems Punitive And Petty' (VIDEO)

06/22/2010 03:30 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss GOP Senator Orrin Hatch's (Utah) plan to drug test people receiving unemployment benefits.

Asked how Hatch believes he can pay for this new and expensive program, Grim said that the Senator thinks he can use the money saved from people who would lose their benefits from testing positive to pay for the entire program.

Grim says the program would help to perpetuate the perception that there's "a two-class system where if you're unemployed, you no longer have the same rights as other people. It kind of criminalizes being jobless, just like over the past 20 years or so we've criminalized being homeless. That seems to be the answer for a lot of Republicans; just go ahead and go to war on the problem instead of dealing with it in a more human way."