While I can understand the desire to require welfare recipients to pass
drug screenings, why pick on those less fortunate than you? Shouldn’t you equally desire drug screenings for anyone accessing government benefits?
This would include any business working a government contract, any farmer who takes government subsidies, or sells their crops into a production stream which does. Any elected official, or those employed by an elected official (including those underpaid staffers expected to work 80 hours a week).
Before your grandparents can receive a social security check, or use
medicare to pay for their medical care, they’ll need to first go to the
clinic to make sure they’re not wasting that money on drugs.
Want to drive on the interstates? We’ll need to install toll plazas which
conduct drug screenings. Don’t want to drive on the interstates? Don’t
worry, highways and secondary roads will also require drug screenings for you to access them.
House on fire? You’ll need to produce a clean UA in order for the fire
department to respond. Do you need to call the police to report drug
dealers on your street? I hope you’re current on your drug screenings.
If this all sounds like a ridiculous expense and intrusion of privacy,
you’re right, that is exactly what it is, and that is exactly what
requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug screening is.
The idea the welfare rolls are full of people who have never worked a day
in their life is foolish, and makes it obvious you have never known, or
talked to, a welfare recipient. Every single person on welfare I have ever
talked to desired nothing more than being able to earn enough to not
qualify for welfare, and to resume paying back into the system instead of
taking out of the system. Notice I say “resume”, that’s because most
welfare recipients are using it as the safety net it was designed to be.
They have hit on some hard times and need help getting by, so really what you’re saying is, “You need to be drug free in order to access your own money”. You should add requiring a drug screening in order to receive a tax refund too.