Governor Rick Scott to Poor People: All poor people are on drugs. Prove me wrong poor people. Prove me wrong.

Sunday, June 05, 2011
And the urine tests will cost 1
meeeelllion dollars
So, Governor Scott(A*) of Florida has signed into law a requirement for welfare recipients to get drug tested under the reasoning that;
They're just saying in that work environment they don't want you to use drugs. In this case we do not want to subsidize drug addiction. We want to give everybody an increased incentive not to use drugs. It is better for our families and for the individual and it doesn't waste taxpayer money.
In addition to needing a clean drug test, people have to pay for the test out of their own pocket. The state of Florida had kindly said if you pass, you get your money back.

That's right, it is going to cost you money to get welfare. This in spite of the fact that a 1996 study conducted by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that welfare recipients were no more likely to use illegal drugs than the rest of the U.S. Population. The slippery slope argument as stated by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D - 23rd District Florida) is well said:
"Governor Scott's new drug testing law is not only an affront to families in need and detrimental to our nation's ongoing economic recovery, it is downright unconstitutional, If Governor Scott wants to drug test recipients of TANF benefits, where does he draw the line? Are families receiving Medicaid, state emergency relief, or educational grants and loans next?"
I have heard of means testing, but this is ridiculous. This is what happens when a tea partier takes control of a state. Why stop at making poor people pay for their own drug tests? Why not make SNAP users pay for the processing of their benefits? Or make Medicaid recipients use their wheelchairs to power and heat their homes so we don't need to spend so much on LIHEAP?

Maybe, and I am just blue skying here, maybe if we made all the poor people wash cars we could raise enough money for their pee tests.



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