Drug-Test Welfare Recipients?

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Culture

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Published on February 11, 2011 with 5 Comments

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require welfare recipients to take drug tests if the state suspects they’re using illegal drugs. Positive test results could cost them state assistance for up to a year.

It’s not a bad idea.

Look, if mom and dad have enough money for drugs, then they should have enough for food. Right? I say go for it, as long as we can extend those drug tests to recipients of corporate welfare. How about elected officials? The results might actually help us understand why those numbnuts are pissing away taxpayers’ money.

So, who’s going to introduce the bill that calls for drug-testing elected officials? Anyone?

TRU

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  1. Good point man. Their thinking on this is simplistic as hell for other reasons as well. Imagine this: You’re on welfare and your cousin sells dope. One day your cousin brings a blunt over and you blaze up. A week later, for whatever reason (maybe they spotted an empty carton of phillies in the trash been), your case worker demand you get tested for drugs. You test and fail (weed stays in people’s system longer than all the typical “hard” drugs). Now you’re kicked out of the program for at least the next year. Your job at McDonald’s doesn’t pay enough to live on. What are you left with? A cousin who sells drugs, so you go into the family business.

    This bill seems like a good way to transform people from drug users to drug dealers.

  2. Good point man. Their thinking on this is simplistic as hell for other reasons as well. Imagine this: You’re on welfare and your cousin sells dope. One day your cousin brings a blunt over and you blaze up. A week later, for whatever reason (maybe they spotted an empty carton of phillies in the trash been), your case worker demand you get tested for drugs. You test and fail (weed stays in people’s system longer than all the typical “hard” drugs). Now you’re kicked out of the program for at least the next year. Your job at McDonald’s doesn’t pay enough to live on. What are you left with? A cousin who sells drugs, so you go into the family business.

    This bill seems like a good way to transform people from drug users to drug dealers.

  3. Ya I couldn’t agree more with the later part. I am completely against this Missouri bill. Why is it that welfare recipients are held to higher standards, and with terms that invade their privacy, than anyone else. Corporations that benefit from tax breaks don’t allow the government to rummage through their private offices and email to prove that they deserve the tax breaks. And what is going to happen to the drug user that gets kicked off welfare? You don’t think we’ll be paying for their jail cell when they turn to crime to support their family? WTF Missouri

  4. How crazy is this…I work for a living and pay my OWN way and have mandatory drug testing where I work?? But someone who is receiving the benefit of me working and paying my bills DOES NOT have to submit to a drug test. I dont think it should be only if theyre suspected–random drug testing for any recipient of State aid. Rules should be for everyone…why should the people who are asking for help, those of us who DO work have to live by those rules. Who is really being targeted.

  5. This should have been done years ago.

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