Urine Testing and the Welfare System

August 26th, 2008 at 2:47 pm by Zacque
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This is a spin-off of an old e-mail that recently made its way back in my direction.

 Many people in this country have a job.  They receive payment for the work they do.  Then the government steps in a collects a portion of the proceeds they receive.  The government distributes this payment as they see fit.

 In order to get this paycheck, they submit a random urine test to their respective employer.  This is should not be an issue for any law abiding citizen.

 In reality what any citizen of this country should be concerned about are the people who receive a welfare check.  Welfare recipients do not have to pass a random urine test.  Since our government is supposed to be a system of checks and balances, why is there room for this discrepancy?  

 For the most part, United States citizens are quite giving with their money and don’t have a problem doing their part.  It should be no problem for the populous to help a few people back on their feet.

 On the other hand, there is a problem with the people that receive this money who choose to sit around, be unproductive and/or use drugs.  If they have enough money to indulge in these activities, they do not need any monetary assistance.

 The only thing not covered, is who pays for the testing?   Why not have it applied against the balance of the money the recipients of the welfare system receive.  Surely they shouldn’t mind since they are on the receiving end of the bread line anyway.

 Just think, with that money saved maybe we could funnel it into education.  Maybe we could balance the budget?  Who knows?  The possibilities are endless, and perhaps you could employ the people who failed to administer the testing.  Then they wouldn’t have a need for the assistance in the first place.

 The truth be told, this system is outdated.  It was a necessary evil at the time when it was enacted; however legislation is subject to change in order to fit the demands of the present day.  Something needs to be done.  It is only a matter of time till we will make a stand and take action.  Why not make it happen today.


One Response to “Urine Testing and the Welfare System”

  1. Deborah Says:

    I have been a social worker for almost 20 years. I will estimate that a mininum of 25% to 40% of the people I have served over the years could easily work and pay their own way. They just don’t want to work and are more than satisifed with the thousands of dollars a month that they receive in services. Between SSI, medicare, food stamps and section 8 housing they make a decent income.

    They took alcoholism off SSI welfare yet we have millions of folks on welfare roles because they are drug addicts.

    I am subjected to demeaning drug testing on a consistent basis, yet I am a hardworking, taxpaying citizen.

    People who do drugs should not be receiving welfare, we need to stop being a co-dependent society.