Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients, Finally!

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Registered: 05-16-2011
Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients, Finally!
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Wed, 06-08-2011 - 1:42pm

This one has been a long time coming, way to go, Florida!

I have to take a test where I work, and my taxes are going to a lady down the road that has a boyfriend living with her and their three kids and his two kids from another lady he didn't marry, so they should have to take a test to take my money. One of my kids is friends with one of theirs and I've had to go over twice now because he won't come back on time. Once the guy had a bong on the table (which meant my little guy wasn't going to their house inside anymore) and was complaining on and on about how tight their budget was that month, and the other time, my little guy was in the backyard playing and there was a group of 5 or so men huddled in a cloud of smoke. That was the last time my kid played there. If he has to take a test to pick up his welfare in July, there's one last family using my hard-earned tax dollars on drugs, or free food because they're using my tax money on drugs. I have to sacrifice to get to work, to work, and in what i buy because I don't make enough, so I have no understanding for people buying drugs or using them and then expecting to just get the money. Now I hope other states get in line and do the same thing!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 1:45pm
It's not going to pass constitutional muster.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 1:51pm
I always find it interesting to see how many people know exactly where their neighbors are getting their money.

Also, I find it interesting how many people know the circumstances of all these welfare cheats/drug users and don't turn them in or call the cops for their illegal drug use...particularly when children are involved.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 6:08pm

Yes, then the kids are removed from the home.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-04-2011
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 6:31pm

*** It's not going to pass constitutional muster.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 7:02pm
They can only drug test under certain circumstances and for particular jobs. It's already been ruled on by the courts.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008
Wed, 06-08-2011 - 11:53pm

I wonder if you would be the same way about people who drank. I mean we are talking a little weed.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-16-2008
Thu, 06-09-2011 - 2:52pm
The testing is of people applying for TANF, ie *cash* assistance. If they fail the test they can designate someone else to receive benefits on behalf of their children. Honestly I don't see what the big deal is. Pee clean and get cash, pee dirty and you kids can still get the money, you just can't get your hands on it. Seems win/win to me since I'd rather the money go to the kids instead of into a drug dealer's pockets.
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Registered: 08-16-2005
Fri, 06-10-2011 - 7:06pm
emc_squared wrote:
The testing is of people applying for TANF, ie *cash* assistance. If they fail the test they can designate someone else to receive benefits on behalf of their children. Honestly I don't see what the big deal is. Pee clean and get cash, pee dirty and you kids can still get the money, you just can't get your hands on it. Seems win/win to me since I'd rather the money go to the kids instead of into a drug dealer's pockets.
Couldn't have said it better!


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-2006
Tue, 06-14-2011 - 12:11pm

The problem with this is how completely short-sighted and naive those who developed it

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Tue, 06-14-2011 - 4:49pm

I'd tend to agree, although I didn't want to rain on anybody's parade. It mostly looks like a jobs program for some enterprising entrepreneur...and we need jobs, right? Oh, wait, there's a deficit going on....never mind.

I just read that some Republican got all hot under the collar because he thinks that ending ethanol subsidies is a "tax increase". One has to wonder if he's all there...Lamar Alexander said something similar last fall...rolling back the Bush tax cuts was "the largest tax increase in history". Ok, dude....I'm guessing you never got to calculus, right?

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