UPDATED : Should people receiving welfare be required to take manditory drug tests?Submitted by Neverquit on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 00:47
I am curious as to what your thoughts are on this issue.
Should people that receive welfare have to take random drug tests?
I see that some here have taken this to extreme and actually avoided the question. I actually disagree with most comments here thus far!
Let's forget there shouldn't be welfare, we all know this but we have it so stick to the question at hand.
My personal opinion is this; If you are receiving taxpayer money to survive you are no longer free from restriction, we the tax payers are your employer although you do no work for your money. If you are using our money for anything other than survival that money should be taken away period. If you work and earn your own money and you want to blow it on drugs, booze, gambling, whatever feel free to do so, but, not with my tax dollars.
Private employers require drug testing to keep you employed I see this as no difference.
If you are taking taxpayer money you should have restrictions.
I have seen some people saying private employers should not drug test and guilty until proven innocent; really; that is your case?
I also believe that since we have this system their should be restrictions on the number of dependents we pay for; ie; 2 kids max! Meaning that if you got in with 2 kids we will not increase your benefits for more children. No we are not going to deny you having kids we are just simply not going to pay for them.
The fact is welfare allows people to not be responsible for their actions and actually causes people to act irresponsible.
# 1 : Private business has the right to do whatever they wish to protect their business which include drug testing, forget about the legal, illegal aspect, drugs alter the mind and anyone who thinks different is flat out wrong! If drugs were legal most business owners would still enforce a drug test policy, Now, you have the right to not work at this place of employment if you choose but it is required and the right of the business owner to enforce drug policy or just about any other policy.
# 2 : When you receive welfare that means you don't work and you use my tax money to survive; therefore, you are under my employ and everyone else who pays taxes employ.
# 3 : Don't compare SS with welfare that is apples to oranges, people actually paid into SS through the fruits of their labor and are only attempting to get back the money they put in WELFARE requires no payback period!