Drug Testing for Government Benefits
This has been an off and on again debate but since it’s election season, seems like a great time to put it out there for discussion.
“Nowhere in our state or U.S. constitutions is it mandated that financial assistance is a right. Make no mistake, it (government benefits) are a privilege afforded to those in need by the taxpayers via our federal and state governments.
Also, unemployment compensation premiums are currently paid by the employer, not the employee; however that may change very soon. We should also remember that illicit drug use is illegal. It is a crime that has criminal penalties.”
West Virginia Representative Craig Blair
If so many other entitlements require random drug tests these days, why not government benefits?
Poverty and civil liberties advocates fear the strategy could backfire, discouraging some people from seeking financial aid and making already desperate situations worse.
Those in favor of the drug tests say they are motivated out of a concern for their constituents’ health and ability to put themselves on more solid financial footing once the economy rebounds. But proponents concede they also want to send a message: you don’t get something for nothing.
Is it time to consider that drug testing could actually be beneficial if done with the intent to help people and not to kick people out of these programs if they have serious addictions? If they fail the tests, instead of kicking them off assistance completely, which we all can agree will only hurt children, elderly, and other innocent victims, some states, proponents (and me) of the measure suggest we help people find proper outpatient treatment which must be successfully completed in able to continue receiving benefits or to get benefits in the first place.
Some people say this intrudes on people’s 4th amendment right against unlawful search and seizure, but no one is forcing them to take this money and it does come with a cost to us taxpayers and an already overburdened government budget.
Some time ago, we used to demand some repayment of government benefits and we even had to report our baby daddy’s to the authorities. Now-a-days, it takes very little effort to get anything from the government. No need for proper documentation, validations, or paperwork. Hell you don’t even need to speak our language to get our money!
Remember the ridiculous lines of people waiting for benefits and aid when the city decided to help disaster “victims” and we found out most of those people were scam artists? Even now with the latest flood, those who really need help are not receiving benefits such as food share because all the scam artists scooped it all up leaving those in real need without and again the system failed.
If you want to see a firsthand account of how the scam works all you have to do is go down to 12th and Vliet any time any day and talk to the neighborhood “advisors.” They know the system, they live off the system, generations of their people have lived off the system, and they make it impossible for those of us who truly need help while we are trying to survive. We call it benefits in time of crisis, they call it a regular income! So it is no wonder why people do not see the real faces of those who need these benefits because all the scam artists get in the way of the big picture! Like Drum’s recurring feature showing people doing dumb ish, so too these people seem to capture the media spotlight and again we wonder why?
Humbly Submitted for the Working Poor!!
Just to get by….
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