Drug testing for welfare recipients

December 11, 2011   |  
Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

I know this will piss off the libertarian base of Freedom Bunker – given that libertarians tend to function under a massive cloud of weed – but I like pissing people off. Especially libertarians. I totally support mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.

Is it invasive and messes with with Fourth Amendment? You betcha. But since welfare recipients are not earning their own money, and are in fact living off the state's money, it shouldn't be unlawful to require them to be sober. If they were to – *gasp!* – get a job, they'd likely be tested for drug use anyway.

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/us/states-adding-drug-test-as-

hurdle-for-welfare.html?pagewanted=all” target=”_blank”>Florida seems to have a good thing going on this one:

The law in Florida, where the average recipient receives $253 a month for less than five months, is more expansive. It requires applicants to pay for their own drug tests, which the state says costs up to $40, and the state will reimburse those who pass. People who fail the test are disqualified for one year — six months if they receive treatment — and are reported to the Florida abuse hot line. Payments to children can continue through another person, like a grandparent.

I live in the ghetto. The hallways of my building reek of both pot and crack. Almost no one in here works regularly, and almost all receive either disability or welfare payments. Why should the state pay for drug addiction? It's a personal choice to pick up that joint/pipe/needle/straw for the first time. And if there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that we pay for our poor choices.

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