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It is no secret that many of our programs are mired-down bureaucracies, and our welfare program is no exception. In any society, there will be that segment of the society, hopefully small in nature, that for one reason or another, needs the assistance of the government or others to assist them.
As an employer, I have had to deal with employee drug testing matters on a regular basis. I recently saw a “joke” regarding drug testing and the welfare program, and it gave me pause to reflect on its application. The premise is that we all pay taxes based upon our employment, and we are required to have employee drug testing as a part of continued employment. Our taxes are used, in part, to fund our welfare programs. The question is then, should the recipients of our tax dollars be required to take a drug test to receive those benefits?
Before anyone begins an attack on this thought process, take a deep breath and really think about the concept here. First and foremost, this is in no way a suggestion that all welfare recipients are drug users. It is, though, an honest question about the expenditures of our hard earned money, and the criteria for disbursing those funds. Just as an employee who fails a drug test jeopardizes their employment, shouldn’t the same standard apply to those receiving the welfare checks we supply?
This approach could have a far-reaching impact on welfare reform, holding the recipients accountable to the system on a regular basis. Thoughts?