Drug Testing For Public Assistance? How About Drug Testing Our Legislators?
As of April, at least 8 states have instituted some form of mandatory drug testing for those who are in need of some manner of public assistance. In addition, another 29 states (mostly red states) have introduced legislation to introduce mandatory drug testing as part of their public assistance programs. I came across this article yesterday: The Myth of Welfare and Drug Use – The Daily Beast. Think mandatory drug testing is saving us money? Check out this passage about drug testing in Utah:
The myth of welfare recipients spending their benefits on drugs is just that—a myth. And indeed, in Utah, only 12 people out of 466—or 2.5 percent—showed evidence of drug use after a mandatory screening. The total cost to the state was $25,000, or far more than the cost of providing benefits to a dozen people. The only thing “gained” from mandatory drug testing is the humiliation of desperate people.
As tax payers, we pay thousands in order to catch and deny benefits to a little under three percent of those who are in need of government assistance. It would be cheaper to the public if we just paid out the damned assistance, and invested, oh, I don’t know, maybe some jobs programs? That would make too much sense though. I’m guessing that the Republican state legislators that voted in this law are probably in the back pockets of big pharmaceuticals. You know, the companies that make and sell these expensive drug tests. It’s just another example of how the “Haves” make billions from the debasement of the unfortunate. This is right up there with private run prisons, which are over run with people who don’t belong there. It’s about the money. Ya dig? Think about it: all of the clinics and doctors and lab techs that are needed to conduct these test – who foots the bill? The government of course. Who collects the money? Big medical and pharmaceutical corporations, an industry that has a huge lobby in state and federal government. It’s the perfect scam, almost as perfect as the car dealer wanting to charge you extra to put undercoating on your new car.
In other words, we’re paying for something that is simply not fucking needed. You know who needs to pee in a cup? Republicans: they live in such a world that is so far removed, that they must be on something good. How else can their collective behaviors be explained?
- Pregnant Indiana Women Now Forced to Take Drug Tests (misbehavedwoman.wordpress.com)
- The Myth of Welfare and Drug Use (schnittshow.com)
- Roxas eyes mandatory drug test even for non-drug offenders (newsinfo.inquirer.net)