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People who receive welfare should be drug tested

by Lartinos (writer), NYC, November 08, 2011

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Our welfare system is being abused and needs to be reformed for the better good of the people who receive it, but also for the greater good of our economy.

If you haven't already gotten into a debate with family or friends about this topic of drug testing for welfare benefits, you probably will soon and it will bring up many questions in your mind. But, lets first talk about what the point of this assistance is for people.

Financial assistance is something that is meant to help people back on their feet, but many people assume it is for lazy people who really don't try. The current system has helped lead many of us in this direction for good reason. At one point my mother was on welfare and that government assistance for my brothers and my mother until she landed her full time job helped us out immeasurably.

It is easy to forget with all the disdain for the current welfare system, that it indeed can POSITIVELY effect the economy by "assisting" people in a time of need. Unfortunately, many people look at public assistance in a more "Ol' Dirty Bastard" type of way. He was of course the infamous member and rapper of the Wu-Tang clan who showed up to get his food stamps in a limo!

Lets focus on making welfare a system to help rehabilitate people back into the workforce to improve our struggling economy. The new system recently installed by the state of Florida is meant to clean up the broken and abused system by instituting a drug testing policy. Many people are very quick to question this system for more than just a civil liberties perspective though.The current reason this program has been stopped atleast temporarily is because some people believe it is just another way for the government to shake us down and take away rights and freedom.

My response to these people is, "You're Wrong!"Getting this "free" money is way too easy and any impediments that have value can and should be instituted. If these people were to get jobs, many of them would ask for drug tests, so get used to it people. The take home point is that if you want "free" money, go elsewhere and good luck. Those civil liberties you care so much about are lessened the day that you need to ask for money from your government.Now you do things on their terms, just as most people do so for their employers.

There is also an argument that these drugs tests can easily be beat. They can be beat, but to think it won't make a difference is foolish. There will be a small amout of people that manage to beat the test, but the vast majority, and especially the hardcore addicts, will fail. I don't think a drug like marijuana should be placed on the severity of harder drugs such as coke or heroin, which are known to lead to far more serious issues within society.

So in that sense we need to decide a different level of penalty for assistance reciptents that fail. Having tests will also make people avoid using drugs because of the possibility of failing the tests. Again, this will probably be moreso for lighter dug users as opposed to the harder dugs. Less people on drugs will put society in a better position to be productive.

How these programs will be funded is another valid question worth deliving into. When I say programs, I mean both the drug testing program and also putting people who fail the test into a rehab center if it is found necessary. In terms of both programs we need to look at it and the people involved as investments in our future. By putting in the necessary time and funding the end result will be a nation of people who are in a position to help society and the economy. That in my mind is what public assistance is all about, not "free money."

Where there is a will, there is way. If we really want to institue something there is always a way. At the very least I do not think people should have the opportunity to use our tax money for drugs. If they want to use drugs they can get job and be productive at the very least!

The ideas brought forth in this article are new ideas that honestly need to be refined much further, the current system in Florida will help us refine our strategies and hopefully we can can one day get this implemented throughout the nation. Instead of just writing off this idea that it won't work, instead lets give it a try and put the work so it can help us in the future.

The current welfare system is an atrcoity, being nothing more than a free handout system that does not properly "assist" the people in getting back to being a productive members of society. Things in life need to be earned, we are sending the wrong message by simply handing things out to people. It is time to get together on this issue make all of our lives better.

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11 comments on People who receive welfare should be drug tested

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By JohnnyFox on November 08, 2011 at 05:04 am

This is an appalling set of prejudices, but at least the phrase "the current system in Florida will help us refine our strategies" made me laugh.

If the Bush election taught us nothing else, it's that Florida's no shining example of anything.

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By Ed Attanasio on November 08, 2011 at 07:44 am

I agree, but it is another step toward 1984. We should check all of them for drugs annually, and the ones who are riding dirty should be corraled into death camps for elimination. That would solve the problem! The new Republican president will get 'er done!

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By Ed Attanasio on November 08, 2011 at 08:21 am

Actually I should not have written that. It's early and cold here in SF and my filter is broken. No one should be eliminated. They should be warned continually and admonished! But, nicely. With maybe a gift bag.

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By TonyBerkman on November 09, 2011 at 12:31 am

"a gift bag" yeah I'm going to go on welfare.

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By Felicia Stevenson on November 09, 2011 at 01:12 am

LOL Ed!!!

@Lartinos, while I understand some of the points you made, this is a subject that really makes my blood boil. It was actually the subject of my very first blog post. Check it out if you'd like to hear more about my views.

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By Lartinos on November 09, 2011 at 11:11 am

Taking a look now Felicia!

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By Notumbus Bumbus on November 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Lartinos, tell ya what. I'll back your point, if you make the same rules apply to those corporate welfare queens who are taking our entire nation down a rathole, just because they can. What say?

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By Lartinos on November 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I agree with you Notumbus. Please read my other article if you haven't. The politicians are the problem, along with the sheep in this country that follow them.

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By teri1 on March 05, 2012 at 06:49 pm

If they can drug test people on welfare than they need to go ahead and make people on unemployment drug test also. They get a much larger amount of free money than the average person on regular welfare. I know this because my cousins husband left her and their five young children for another woman and wouldn't pay child support or alimony. She got a grand total of 364.00 to live off of for the whole month. You can't really make ends meet. I think a lot of working people that have never been financially down have this misconception that people on welfare are living big or something close to it which is not true. People sitting around on unemployment for two years plus is ridiculous and it is more like welfare except what they get in three months is what a person on wefare gets in a entire year. The person on unemployment might not even have anyone other than their self to support. People on unemployment like to think it is something they paid in to but that is not the case, the employer paid into it. Why do people think the employer trys to fight it. They should also have to pee in a cup for their free money!! A person on unemployment that gets high probably doesn't want to get off the couch and put the remote down to even look for a job. Maybe that is half of our problem with unemployment. I know this doesn't apply to everyone on unemployment so i hope I didn't offend anyone because I do believe it is very much needed for short term assistance. But TWO YEARS come on

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By Inmyredhead on March 06, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Yes, they should drug test those on umemployment. The agreement is that you are 'ready to work'. But workers DO pay into their unemployment. It is incorrect to say they do not. The employer pays into it, and yes, they pay more into it than the worker. But the worker definitely pays into it in the form of an unemployment tax.

It is irrelevant to compare what a worker makes on unemployment to what a walfare recipient makes. Unemployment benefits are that... a BENEFIT given to a once working employee by an employer. Up to a certain point (there is a cut off) of per hour rates, your unemployment benefits are relative to your wages. If you made $8/hr and get laid off, your unemployment benefit kicks in at that average rate. If you held a higher paying position, your benefits would be more. To be living at a certain standard and have your job be taken over seas (or whatever) and then to be reduced to even the higher end of the umemployment benefit can be a huge life altering loose everything type of event.

Those on welfare fill out paperwork stating what their bills are and what other income or assistance they have. It is then determined how much they get according to size of family, etc. If their rent is paid with a govt. section 8 voucher or in low income housing, etc... they won't get as much as one would need if they were paying full rent. If they are living with someone who is also receiveing welfare, again, their assistance will be adjusted accordingly. People often only tell people what their cash allowance is and say, 'How can I live off of that?', while not telling the whole story; like the fact that they probably get about $1000 in foodstamps, $1000 in free rent and regular low income assistance on utility bills. Their kids don't have to pay for school lunches and often they get free extracurricular activities through school funded assistance, etc etc etc etc etc etc. There are so many programs for welfare recipients. I don't think they live large, no. But nor do they live like people who are living off the governments dime. Their kids have cell phones and computers, they wear Abercrombie clothes and they buy lobster tail when it goes on sale.

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By kelseytabak on May 09, 2012 at 09:31 am

people on drugs should not get welfare, its as easy as that. they are using their welfare dollras to buy drugs. thats not what its for. its to help people get back on their feet.

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