COMMENTARY | Another state is moving in the right direction to deal with people who will potentially use welfare benefits to get their illegal highs.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Alabama Senate passed a bill which will make welfare recipients who have been convicted of a drug offense within the last five years to be drug-tested if they seek out Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through the state. Welfare recipients would lose all of their and their children’s benefits after three positive tests. The bill now goes to the Alabama House.
Getting government assistance should require some personal responsibility. Otherwise, our taxes will continue to be wasted on filthy habits. If employees can be subject to random drug testing and/or pre-employment drug screening, then it should apply to those who are living off the sweat and toil of hard-working taxpayers.
One of the latest examples of allegedly misusing welfare benefits for drugs comes from The Smoking Gun, which reported Wednesday that a Florida Social Security Disability recipient, Katrina Tisdale, flat broke until her next check, was arrested for abusing the 911 system because she called police to seek help to obtain a $50 refund for a cocaine-marijuana transaction.
I don’t mind my tax dollars being used to help the less fortunate, but I draw the line when it comes to enabling destructive behavior. Furthermore, it really boils my blood to witness politicians stand in the way of welfare recipients being accountable.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that in response to the North Carolina Senate drafting and then passing a bill requiring the state’s Work First program (paid for by TANF) applicants to initially pay for and pass a drug test to receive cash and job training, Democratic State Sen. Angela Bryant charged that the legislation was unconstitutional. She alleged it makes all applicants, even if they aren’t under suspicion for drug use, submit their bodily fluids, and added that the legislation “only inflames erroneous stereotypes about poor parents and drug abuse.”
As a past airline employee, I had to immediately submit urine samples when told to. Rather than wrongly hide behind the Constitution, I complied with my employer because I had nothing to hide.
And thus, clean welfare applicants/recipients have nothing to fear. Mandatory drug testing will help spare more of our tax dollars from the shadows of the drug trade.