Last week I posted, How many welfare recipients are using illegal drugs?, and it drew a mixed reaction, but mostly support for testing. Since then I read another article that argued it was a waste of money. Personally I don’t agree with that point of view and believe the statistics are being ignored in favor of an inaccurate description of the dollars spent to test.

Why is the media dead-set against drug testing for those on welfare or food stamps? Maybe we need to be drug testing those who write the media.

If you look at the experience in Tennessee 609 people were tested out of a possible 39,121 recipients. Of the 609 tested 116 people either refused to be screened for drugs or dropped out. Those 116 alone represent 19.05% of those tested and receiving welfare benefits. An additional 65 recipients tested positive amounting to an additional 10.67% of those tested. Add it up 19.05% plus 10.67% equals 29.72% of those tested either tested positive, refused the test or withdrew from the program.

“Drug testing of welfare recipients is a necessary evil in an over-taxed society of worker bees slaving away to pay taxes.”

I don’t know about you but when half of what I make goes to the federal and state governments I don’t like having to work 60 hour work weeks so someone else can stay home, smoke pot and watch television. My vote is to keep testing and increase the number or welfare participants who are tested. You shouldn’t be single, with no dependents, on welfare and not trying to get back into the workforce. And if you can’t pass a drug test how can you get hired in a good paying job?

The Huffington Post wrote a dubious story with this quote calling the results “dubious”, which is completely ridiculous.

“Yet despite the dubious results, an additional dozen states have already started considering similar legislation this year. NCSL says that legislatures are looking at proposals to drug test welfare applicants in Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, where lawmakers advanced a bill in the state Senate on Tuesday.”

The Huffington Post needs to put on its big girl panties and stand up for what is right, not what is popular with selling ad space.

States That Drug Test Welfare Recipients

Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan.

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