Why drug testing welfare recipients is unconstitutional AND stupid
Why drug testing welfare recipients is unconstitutional
The fourth amendment is supposed to protect us all against unreasonable searches and seizures. Being poor can’t be a justification for suspending someone’s civil rights. Receiving public assistance just doesn’t do it for me in the area of reasonable suspicion.
Sound familiar? – “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Having said that I’m willing make a compromise provided three criteria are met. The first being that the issue should be put on a ballot and if the majority of registered voters agree that such a thing should take place then so be it. The second would be that every single person benefiting from a tax dollar should be drug tested. No one is to be singled out or excluded including members of Congress, the Senate, or the POTUS himself. While I’m at it how about the CEO’s and underlings of all those banks and large corporations that took a handout a while back to protect their own welfare? Don’t forget the rest of the 2.65 million non-military government employees along with all the people listed in stupid reason number 3. My last stipulation is a simple one. Any testing facility owned by or affiliated with Rick Scott or his wife is not to be utilized for testing.
States obviously have an interest in ensuring that taxpayer funds are spent wisely, and in discouraging drug use. More efficient methods should be looked into. 2% of applicants failed and another 2% simply refused to take the tests. Fear of failure and inability to pay the initial testing fee were cited as likely reasons. It turns out that while the drug test may only cost ten to purchase, it comes to a grand total on average of about 30.00 to have it read by a lab technician. The State of Florida still had to pay out an additional 30 per applicant 81,000 people that didn’t fail a drug test. Just as I stated previously. You may have saved 200,000 in benefits but you turned around and paid out 240,000 for lab work! See stupid reason number 1.
5 reasons why drug testing welfare recipients is stupid
1. Do the math. The drug testing will cost us all MORE money in the long run. If all the drug test passing recipients are reimbursed the fee for testing the taxpayers will then absorb the cost of the benefits AND the refunding of the fee! The clinics won’t be refunding ANYTHING and that makes THEM the biggest benefactors in this arrangement.
2. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children. This one point alone makes the entire process pointless doesn’t it?
3. Where do we draw the line? Are families receiving Medicaid, State emergency relief, or Educational grants and loans next? I say we drug test EVERYBODY benefiting from taxpayer dollars. Politicians, Police, Educators on all levels, Students… I mean statistically usage rates tend to remain the same among all these groups of people. Today it’s urine tomorrow who knows.
4. I honestly don’t believe a ten dollar drug test is going to catch ANYBODY. I can’t wait to see the statistics compiled after one year of this.
5. Did you know Solantic Walk In Urgent Care Clinics offer drug testing? Did you know Rick Scott used to own Solantic? Do You know his wife owns them now?