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Originally posted by jiggerj
Originally posted by SpectreDC
I hope the people who wade in here arguing this is a good idea can rationalize the cost it would take to do this.
At roughly 45-50$ per test it isn't cheap, and that's only a standard drug test that only covers a handful of substances.
Sorry, but my gut reaction tells me this is a good thing. People should not be drug addicts or alcoholics if they are seeking any type of public assistance - not one hit off a joint or a beer. Millions of dollars would be saved from those that would fail such a test, and this would cover the cost of the test.
Also, too TOO many times have I been behind someone at a grocery store where the person uses food stamps to buy nothing but Coke and chips and cake... And, too TOO many times have these people been overweight to downright obese, and teaching their kids how to eat all the wrong things.
Yeah, we should have less government for those surviving on their own, but those on government assistance should be told what they can and cannot feed their kids, and that any type of addiction will not be supported.
Originally posted by thehoneycomb
Personally I think most welfare should be cut off. I understand it is important for people with severe disabilities that can never live a normal life. But the ones who can live a normal life are more likely the ones here complaining about having to do drug tests to basically receive free money, you people are disgusting and pathetic.edit on 11-5-2011 by thehoneycomb because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Elostone
I dont care if people want to use drugs. That is their perogative.
What I take issue with is the Welfare program in general.
I am tired of paying taxes to support able bodied people who are just too lazy to go to work.
As for the disabled, there are other programs for that, namely SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, etc
My sister is disabled but she is not on welfare
I have been unemployed and poor in the past.
But I never wanted or expected my government to carry me.
I have never been on welfare, but I have been homeless.
I would be ashamed to be a burden to society, frankly
I would rather work and pull my OWN weight
ETA calling me ignorant for expressing a point of view that does not agree with yours, simply sounds like a statement from a drug addled mindedit on 11-5-2011 by Elostone because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by mblahnikluver
I live in Florida and I would rather my taxes go to testing these people who milk the system while selling drugs on the side.
I know many people who abuse the system while being drug addicts and making a ton of money selling them. It's WRONG! If you need assistance you shouldn't be buying drugs with GOVT money! Be a drug dealer and pay your own damn bills I am tired of paying for their habits and their gaggle of kids!
I know I may sound harsh but this is a huge problem here, huge!
I just heard on the news the other day that people are using their govt debit cards in strip clubs and casinos instead of buying food and clothes for their kids. I mean WTH!
I remember when Katrina hit and people were given the VISA cards well I worked at Macys and they would come in and buy clothes and then return items they purchased on their own cards and want to purchase it on the govt VISA instead. My manager wouldn't do it and told them the machine was down. That isn't what those cards were given to people for.
Those who abuse the system don't deserve help and hopefully when they give the money to another person they aren't as corrupt as the parents because the kids are the ones suffering in the end! It's not right! I am all for testing welfare recipients for drugs. If you have money to buy drugs you don't need assistance!
I mean anyone who receives a penny of government/tax money, which includes all government employees.
Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by hotbakedtater
Are you talking about members of Congress or regular government employees?
I ask because government employees have families and lives too.
The main point here, and what is putting a bee in my bonnet, is that the governor who is enacting this legislation, stands to personally profit from this legislation. That is corrupt and dirty. He enacts a law that requires drug testing and, lo and behold, he owns a company that offers drug testing.