You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Voting is a fundamental right in this country, laid out specifically in our founding documents. Taking drugs don't seem to appear there, sorry. People have no rights to take drugs. Try again.
Drug testing isn't the end-all-be-all of welfare reform, but it is a necessary step. Stop pretending that because we don't take all the steps at the same time, we should throw up our hands and do nothing.
Welfare recipients may not pay income tax, but there are plenty of other taxes they pay on a daily bases. These can range from sales taxes, gas taxes, utility taxes, taxes hidden in the cost of the production of goods and services, and the list goes on. The notion that anybody... even welfare recipients... pay no taxes is simply naive to the point of foolishness.
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
I can understand the sentiment behind wanting welfare recipients to pass a drug test (though I disagree with it). However, the fact of the matter is that it is a MYTH that many of the people who receive welfare use it on drugs. This was clearly shown by the results of the Florida state law that required drug testing for welfare recipients. Only 2.6 percent of those tested failed the test (an additional 1% failed to take the test for whatever reason). Because Florida reimbursed the $30 fee to take the test to those that passed, the law ended up costing an extra $45K. In the end, it really is a law that might make the Republican base happy, but in the end is fairly useless.
And me personally, I think it is pretty dumb for a positive drug test for marijuana to prohibit anyone from doing anything. It's no big deal.
No Savings Are Found From Welfare Drug Tests - New York Times