8 States Consider Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

Don’t these states know they are messing with one of the Democrat’s major voting blocks?

Want government assistance? Just say no to drugs.

Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random drug testing.

The effort comes as more Americans turn to these safety nets to ride out the recession. Poverty and civil liberties advocates fear the strategy could backfire, discouraging some people from seeking financial aid and making already desperate situations worse.

Or, those people could stop doing drugs. Simple solution. Cue the ACLU in 3…2…1….

“Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature who has created a Web site — notwithmytaxdollars.com — that bears a bobble-headed likeness of himself advocating this position. “If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?”

Looks like Kansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri and Hawaii. A similar measure in Tennessee failed. Maybe someone should requite that companies getting bailout money have their head folks tested, too.

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3 Responses to “8 States Consider Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients”

  1. Lqarry Sheldon says:

    So they come up positive.

    Now what.

    None of the arguments for giving a free ride have changed. Is it suddenly OK to make them go to work?

    I am genuinely puzzled.

  2. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET says:

    Here in Kansas, the idea does have a potential major roadblock. That being Kathleen “The Queen” Sibelius. But our legislature has shown an ability to over ride the vetoes in the last few years.

  3. If they come up positive, give them a month to get clean, or something along those lines. If they fail, no more welfare, no more free housing, etc.

    She needs to go, Glenn. She is horrible. Which, come to think of it, describes almost every elected democrat.

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