We’ve learned a lot of really important things since Florida started drug testing those who applied for welfare benefits. We’ve learned that drug testing is for the sake of children. We’ve learned the state cares very little for the constitution. We’ve also learned that politicians don’t think they should have the same standards applied to themselves, despite the fact that they are receiving taxpayer dollars, too.
Oh, and we learned that hardly any recipients were actually doing drugs.
Now, Florida lawmakers are standing by their decision, despite the fact that it’s costing the state far more money to actually do the testing than it is saving in not providing benefits. But it’s totally worth it, because this wasn’t about money, it was about helping people. The New York Times reports, “‘We had to stop allowing tax dollars for anybody to buy drugs with,’ said State Representative Jimmie T. Smith, a Republican who sponsored the bill last year. Taxpayer savings also come in deterring those drug users who would otherwise apply for cash assistance but now think twice because of the law, some argued.”
Oh, so it was about making people stop doing drugs? Well then, maybe the state of Florida believes everyone should undergo mandatory drug testing in that case? After all, as John Cole writes, “Just to put this in perspective, only 2.6% of the applicants used drugs, while the DOJ estimates that from 8-10.2 percent of the workforce is on drugs. In other words, far from being lazy shiftless drug addicts, they are, as a whole, cleaner than the general workforce. Which may seem odd to you, but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. DRUGS COST MONEY. PEOPLE ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE DON’T HAVE… MONEY. This is not rocket surgery.”
So, if Florida really believes it’s the state’s job to deter drug users, it’s time for a new bill. Pee cups for everyone.
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