Drug Testing Welfare Recipients is “Compassionate”
Florida is already mired in courtroom proceedings over their new law mandating that all welfare recipients must submit to and pass a drug test in order to receive benefits. But despite the state’s court blocking the law as a violation of the fourth amendment, Ohio legislators are looking at implementing the same practice in their state.
Because, as one Republican law maker puts it, it’s the “compassionate thing to do.”
Via Think Progress, Ohio GOP state Sen. Tim Schaffer, the bill’s sponsor, claims “Implementing this bill is the compassionate thing to do. It will end the cycle of poverty by referring drug users to treatment and providing safety for children.”
That “for the children” excuse was one used by the Florida Republicans as well, with Florida Governor Rick Scott stating: “Welfare is for the benefit of children and the money should go to the benefit of children. This makes all the sense in the world.”
Florida quickly learned that regardless of the legality of their plan, the actual testing itself showed that despite the Republicans’ assumptions, very few welfare recipients actually were using drugs. In fact, the percentage of welfare recipients using drugs was actually lower than that of the regular population.
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