Now that’ll win some votes

Biggest asshole competition anyone?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Want government assistance? Just say no to drugs.

Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random drug testing.

Those in favor of the drug tests say they are motivated out of a concern for their constituents’ health and ability to put themselves on more solid financial footing once the economy rebounds. But proponents concede they also want to send a message: you don’t get something for nothing.

“Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature[.]

Nobody’s being forced eh? That’s an interesting way of looking at it. They could always go starve after all.

via AmericaBlog.

1 comment
  1. slimlove said:

    and here i thought i couldn’t be surprised anymore…

    this really highlights one of the major problems inherent in the logic of drug testing. is it that these lawmakers want to weed out illegal behavior? then why not also deny these benefits to anyone with a criminal record, and then follow them around to make sure they don’t commit any further crimes while being fed by the state.

    is it that lawmakers are concerned about people with addictive behaviors? why aren’t alcoholics and gambling addicts and sex addicts coming to the attention of the government? addiction is addiction, right? why aren’t we making sure that welfare recipients aren’t using their government money to buy cigarettes?

    and what about the different types of drugs? smoke one joint and the pot is in your system for up to a month. do an 8 ball of coke and it’s gone in 3 days.

    politicians (and employers) seize on drug testing because it’s easy and it looks impressive in reports (“drugs on the table,” as they say on the wire). it doesn’t actually accomplish anything. instead, all these measures would do is further public health problems among the lower classes. and won’t that do the country a world of good?

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