Link to an article about drug testing welfare recipients.
Now to be honest I like to think of myself as not linked to any political party. I know this is a conservitive movement and to some extent I agree with this. However I'm not so sure that the whole testing for nicotine or alcohol would be legal since those are legal substances.
Let me say this first, I don't believe that everyone on welfare is doing drugs, nor are they abusing the system. I do feel in the area that I live in that most are however. I live in South West region of Virginia. It is an area hit hard by manufacturers moving over seas. Textiles, furnature, and automotive industrys being the largest. This area has a large populus of people without college education, nor experience in any type of skilled labor. Meth, oxy, lortabs are the most prevalent abused drugs in the area.
Several things I see on a daily basis just in my neighborhood. People in assisted living apartments, no jobs, driving nicer vehicles than mine and continual traffic in and out. How do I know they are welfare you ask, because on the first of the month they load up the backs of their vehicles (SUVs,2010 and newer 4x4s, one has a new dodge charger, another has a H2) with more groceries than I could buy with my paycheck, drive up across the grass right to their front doors. And on one particular day when I was outside working in the garden, I heard one yell to the other "WOO HOO first of the month!!" I also see them in the stores with shopping carts chocked full of groceries and pull out the little tel-tale WIC card and pay for it all. And I mean carts, 2,3 overflowing carts.
How do I know they do/sell drugs? Many reasons, first off a good friend of mine who lives across the street is related to one of the city invetigators. Close relation. He has informed me of all the people in that complex who are either under investigation, been arrested or both. Another is the maintenance manager of the complex is the husband of a woman I work and am friends with. He comes over from time to time and tells me everything he sees going on over there. Third, because there are about 3-4 arrests a month and the majority are drug related. Now my friend who is the maintenance manager there is also the MM of 4 other locations that he tells me that they are all exactly the same.
If you want a clearer picture of what I see, watch the movie "The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." I know that this takes place in WVA but that is about 30 min away and the state line doesn't change a thing.
Now I know most people who have jobs are required to take a drug test to start and have to take random tests from time to time. Why should it be different for welfare recipients?
I guess the problem I really have is that these people have decided to just live out their lifes on the government tit which my tax dollars go to. They supplement their incomes by theft, fraud, and production of drugs such as meth.
The other option is just to eliminate these programs all together, but that would hurt the ones who really need it to make a transition in life instead of just being free-loaders.
I know this has been a rant, but its also in the news and I just needed to vent my opinion.
Edited by ireckinso, 25 February 2012 - 01:19 PM.