“States consider drug tests for welfare recipients” — does this includes bankers?

“It’s not against the law to be poor in the U.S. but it might as well be.”

I read that somewhere once and wish I could remember where. It came immediately to mind when I read the following:

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

We seem to have a fondness for humiliating the poor in this nation. If you say “tax the rich” you get accused of class warfare. However no one raises much of a fuss if you want to impose some draconion requirement on those with the least.

Not sure how many people understand a basic fact of life: People do not like being on food stamps, unemployment or welfare. I speak with experience about being on unemployment. It is embarrassing to not be able to provide for yourself and, even worse, for your family. Now in case that wasn’t enough, states are starting to ask these folks to pee in a cup periodically to prove they are worthy of recieving the help they need to feed themselves.

“Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Virginia Legislature who has created a Web site … that bears a bobble-headed likeness of himself advocating this position. “If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?”

“Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs”? Well, none of my friends are going willingly to them that’s for sure.

And yet we don’t ask the same of people who are being given billions of dollars to bailout companies they screwed up in the first place. Let me ask you a question: Which one of these groups is more likely to be able to afford drugs? Nevermind all those caps on executive compensation — I would be content if I knew the board and/or senior execs at any company getting federal bailout funds would have to submit to random drug testing for as long as they owed the government money. That would end the car companies’ begging in a hurry.

So if you’re a bankrupt bank — here’s a check. If you’re a bankrupt person — here’s a cup?

I am all in favor of people not being addicted to anything. Addiction is an ugly, destructive thing — whether that addiction is to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or whatever. However — as any doctor will tell you — this is a medical issue, not a moral one. So Mr. Blair and company are willing to disqualify people from getting assistance if they have this medical issue — however there is no mention of providing health care to deal with that medical issue.

Meanwhile Jamie Dimon (CEO of JP Morgan who makes $18M annually and whose company has recieved $25B in taxpayer funds) and his ilk complain about “the constant vilification of corporate America.”

Which would you rather be: villified and rich or villified and starving?


5 thoughts on ““States consider drug tests for welfare recipients” — does this includes bankers?

  1. Well I think if it’s good for the sports industry I thinks it’s also good for the:

    Welfare Industry
    Race Industry
    Movie Industry
    Political Industry
    Lobby Industry

    and probably some other industries I can’t come up with right now!

  2. I cringe when I read these comments. Our forefathers gave their blood so that we could live free, not so that some self riteous sob’s would legislate them away.

  3. Sorry, that last one was badly written. Should have read:

    I cringed when I read those comments. Our forefathers gave their blood to guard our freedoms, and now here we are, willing to legislate them away all by ourselves. The shame of it.

  4. the only people who don’t wanted it done are the ones with those additions they seem to like being victims instead of bettering themselves and no I am not making this statement about the resently unemployed or inocent young children or disabled or the elderly I am saying it out of my own experiance it’s much easier to pump out babies at record speed,suck on cigeretts and do drug and alcohol and make sure that goverment check comes every month to buy bling on the cornor and fast food than to bust your hump make something of yourself and live a clean healthy and productive life without a handout just to stay in the same situation for a life time Yes everyone falls now ans them it’s the lifers on welfare I object to and I know many from all walks of life including illigals lie cheat and steal just because they find a loop hole to get away with it and still stay in the same situtation all their lives and keep their children in the system ans some how they all think it’s owe to them from the hardworking backs of others.Yes I know there are hardworking good people in the system that for whatever reason can’t seem to make it out but there are far fewer of that type then the large majority that make it a life style.

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