Thursday, March 26, 2009

Drug Testing For Food Stamps & Unemployment: Do You Really Want Me To Pee In A Cup?!!

You don't need me to tell you that the economy is jacked up, and things are tough for a vast number of people in this country. You can turn on any news channel for that; that's all anybody on the news any and everywhere is talking about.

There are ongoing debates in political circles as to just how to fix our economic woes. Democrats are intent on spending, and republicans are intent on criticizing every move to spend without offering any sort of plan for recovery.

Well, not so fast ladies and gentlemen. There is at least one republican with a plan, and his name is Craig Blair, a representative in the West Virginia legislature. You see folks, Mr. Blair wants to help this nation, and lift it from its economic doldrums. And what exactly is it that he proposes? Well, he's pushing for legislation that would require recipients of unemployment benefits, food stamps, and or welfare (aka TANF) to be subject to drug testing. Uh huh, he has even gone as far as to set up his own website to fight the good fight: notwithmytaxdollars.com. Ain't that sweet; so appropriately titled.

"Those in favor of the drug tests say they are motivated out of a concern for their constituents' health and ability to put themselves on more solid financial footing once the economy rebounds. But proponents concede they also want to send a message: you don't get something for nothing" - source


You see, I never knew that the drug dealers were the reason this economy is in such turmoil. I mean, why in the world should any gov't agency give people money if all they're going to do is hand it over to a drug dealer, right? Makes sense. Hell, the fallout of the economy is all the fault of the drug dealers?! Gimme a freakin break dude! This proposal is pure bullshit. As a matter of fact, I think its racist, and I think by design they seek to target minorities.

Yes I do think so. You see, these right wing conservatives the likes of Mr. Blair are of the opinion that people on welfare and gov't assistance are living it up. Sure they are. Hell, the great communicator Ronald Reagan was the one responsible for creating the hype about "Welfare Queens" remember? Matter of fact, it was because of them that Bill Clinton's welfare reform had to include this concession back in the 90's.

"The link between public assistance and drug testing stems from the Congressional overhaul of welfare in the 1990s, which allowed states to implement drug testing as a condition of receiving help.

But a federal court struck down a Michigan law that would have allowed for "random, suspicionless" testing, saying it violated the 4th Amendment's protections against unreasonable search and seizure, said Liz Schott, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities." - source


Yup, old Ronnie Boy had everyone believing that people on welfare were all living in the projects, driving Caddy's and smoking dope, and happy. Some say it was dramatic hyperbole, but I say it was racist, and akin to the republican southern strategy of Nixon. So what did Reagan do? He cut back on a bunch of well needed gov't programs, and cut taxes on a few of his rich buddies and the rest is history. It's racist! Ask anybody, do a poll if you have to. I promise you, its common knowledge that Blacks and other minorities are the face of "welfare" in this country, in their eyes. Not only that, Blacks and minorities are the scourge of society with all their crack, malt liquor, and that damn hippety hop. Yup, so the free ride is over.


As per statistics from October, there are 31.7 million people on food stamps in this country. There are people who I'm sure have never received public assistance, but due to the economy, here they are. Instead of advocating spending to create jobs, and extend unemployment benefits, these clowns are worried about drug use? What ticks me off even more than that are the people who would say, "I don't want my tax dollars going to some druggie." These same people who use that tired line never have shit to say when money goes towards a trillion dollar war effort (i.e. Iraq & Afghanistan), or to the fat cats in the financial industry. But yet you're worried about the single mom struggling to make it doing drugs?

"Similar proposals have arisen periodically since federal welfare reform in the 1990s. But the appearance of a cluster of such proposals in the midst of the recession shows lawmakers are newly engaged about who is getting public assistance.

Particularly troubling to some policy analysts is the drive to drug test people collecting unemployment insurance, whose numbers nationwide now exceed 5.4 million, the highest total on records dating back to 1967." - source

I'm pretty sure some of you reading this would agree to this policy. Some of you are probably thinking, "well if I gotta take a drug test for a job, so should they." Well, testing for a job and testing randomly to continue to receive benefits are two different things. Why should I have to be drug tested to receive a benefit that I have paid into through weekly deductions from my paycheck? What's next, I have to have a drug test before I can receive my tax refund? Mind you, I'm not advocating drug use. I'm merely on the side of practicality and what's right. And I'm sorry, I thought we were in the middle of an economic crisis, and not a drug war the likes of what's happening along the Mexican border right now.

"Programs that screen welfare applicants by assigning them to case workers for interviews have shown some success without the need for drug tests. These alternative measures offer treatment, but can also threaten future benefits if drug problems persist, she said.They also cost less than the $400 or so needed for tests that can catch a sufficient range of illegal drugs, and rule out false positive results with a follow-up test" - source
There are states that can barely survive right now due to the economic crisis, but yet you want them top pay for drug testing? There are republican governors refusing to take federal state bailout money to extend benefits, but yet they want to spend money on drug testing to determine who gets it and who doesn't? I'm no Albert Einstein, but that doesn't seem to make sense to me. But hey, this is America. A place where the little guy, or the nice guy, unlike the cut throats in big business and gov't always finishes last.

QUESTION: Are you for or against this legislature, and why?

7 comments:

blackberry said...

I'm not sure where I am on legislating drug testing for welfare benefits recipients. But I say one thing is clear: if these people have to do this on order to get government money, than so should everybody dependent on the government for a handout/check: big oil, corporate farmers and miners and ranchers, BANK and INSURANCE executives, members of Congress. All of 'em. Hell, let SSN recipients get 'em, too.
If those c**ksuckers in charge had made responsible decisions in the first place, thirty years back and on, we would have a better country now with very few needing social asssistance. Most of us work when it pays the bills.
Peace and good weekend to everybody.

RiPPa said...

@blackberry: Makes a whole lotta damn sense to me too. You have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Who is drug and Alchol Testing the CONgressman and Senators? They assume that everyone in this economy is unemployed because THEY WANT TO BE. Excuse me Mr. Asshole COngressman.. I can not live the life of Luxury on $200 a week. If the CONgressman and Senators had been doing their jobs.. we wouldn't be in this mess now. I call for IMMEDIATE drug and ALCOHOL testing of all elected officials! What..? You say this is not fair?

Anonymous said...

I am ok with performing random drug and alcohol tests on people that receive any type of federal funds. Why should my tax dollars go to support someone's drug or alcohol problem. I don't consider it a race issue, because there are more non-minorities addicted to drugs and alcohol than minorities.

President Anthony Taurus said...
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President Anthony Taurus said...

i don't care bout these people lol.. we don't even smoke the same kinda weed mannn lol.

seriously the way i see it, if yo ass is on welfare, you really need to be more focused about other shit in life ya know. cats on welfare act like it's a retirement plan. had a grown ass man walk into the barbershop talkin bout he get two checks and actin proud about it.

then again, if you're on welfare and you know me, chances are you will be smokin wit me from time to time so it doesn't outright mean they're buyin shit wit foodstamps. ... Read More

but welfare is necessary in a sane and intelligent society. to not have it is to invite general anarchy, breeding that every man for himself attitude.

as you watch your child lay on the ground screaming from hunger and you, yourself, are too weak, you'll resort to a baser instinct.i say look at your loved ones and ask yourself how far would you go if you weren't making it and they were in pain - prostitution, drug dealing.. "I'll kill!"?

Timothy Fitz said...

I have had this discussion with white folks, until I was blue in the face! There are more of them on welfare than there are blacks. And according to ADFC, Whites generally get more money and better services from the government. So, the fact that so many white folks are in a tizzy over bigger government and welfare spending, because they think they are supporting a bunch a lazy, good-for-nothing Negroes, tickles the shit out of me!

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