You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I have to say that I am not terribly inclined to defend drug testing as a practice, outside of any credible, probable cause to believe that a given person is using drugs and by doing so, creating a danger to others.
But there is something very twisted about the idea that one can be required to submit to drug testing as a condition of earning a living through honest work, but not as a condition of living as an unproductive parasite at taxpayer expense.
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
The same way I have a choice to take a flight, work for a large private/public corporation, they have a choice on filing their benefits. If they don't like how their STATE government is handling it, go to another state, vote to change it or don't file at all.
Points of fact: 1,600 in FL refused to be tested. Of the 7,000 who agreed, 32 failed. The guy suing is doing it because he feels being asked to do it is unconstitutional. Also, the ACLU is defending him - it is refreshing to see conservatives praising them.
Now I'll put a fly in the ointment: What if testing were mandatory and failing it meant entering treatment and continuing in a 12 step program to get your benefits instead of denial of benefits? Did I hear howls of "too expensive"? In the long run this would save mega$$$$ - active alcoholics and addicts and their immediate family members are about 7 times more likely to be drawing government benefits, roughly 64% of all identity thefts, 58% of home burglaries and 86% of all petty thefts are committed by addicts to get the money for drugs. Add family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse to the crime costs and you can see that it costs far less to treat addicts and alcoholics than not to treat them.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society. Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity (loss of time at work and unable to function effectively at work) and health problems and crime-related costs, exceed $407 billion annually. This includes approximately $181 billion for illicit drugs and $235 billion for alcohol. (Sources for numbers: Alcohol costs: Global burden of disease and injury and economic cost attributable to alcohol use and alcohol-use disorders : The Lancet and illicit drug costs: Ranking of drugs: a more balanced risk-assessment : The Lancet )
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
That being said, I happen to agree with the judge on this one too. We should be spending the money to make sure the people who truly need assitance are getting it, to make sure the system operates efficiently and to police fraud.
If we're going to start drug testing folks, let's start with the Republicans. They've turned out to be such hypocrites in other areas... anti-gays getting caught with boys, family-values types paying off mistresses.