Fast Focus 'Should drug testing be required for welfare recipients?' Reform welfare

March 3, 2013 

Should welfare recipients be screened for drugs? Take a moment to review the situation.

-- Benefits recipients are not required to accept job offers (even for positions they've applied for). Why work when you get paid for job-seeking?

-- Benefits recipients are not required to use contraceptives to prevent them from producing children without means (or intention) of supporting them. Their children become society's responsibility.

-- SNAP recipients are not limited in their buying power. Our government continues to enable recipients' junk food diets -- leading to health problems, poor academic performance, etc.

-- In 1998, Washington voters legalized the use of "medical marijuana" hoping junk science will partially alleviate somebody's chronic pain via doping. No doubt complaints of chronic pain spiked in the 20-somethings demographic.

-- In 2012, Washington's genius voters again legalized marijuana, this time for recreational use. I suppose the 20-somethings from 1998 are now in their 30s and tired of complaining about "pain" just to get high.

-- Headlines constantly remind us of the court's lucrative DUI program, profiting from society's alcohol problem.

If we're not going to regulate welfare benefits to actually benefit anyone (aside from providing an unearned living for them and enabling poor dietary choices) and if we're going to discourage responsible family planning as a condition for receiving benefits (to placate the ungodly belief that God wants children born into poverty and ignorance) and if we must legalize recreational drug use, I see no reason to expose welfare recipients to a drug screening. After all, meth use might be an expression of their religious freedom or a "parenting style."

Yes, I sound angry. Maybe it's because "drug screening" is the only response to calls for better regulation of welfare benefits we've gotten. All we want is for benefits to be short-term and administered with incentives and tools for getting off welfare as soon as possible, rather than maintaining unemployment and poverty.

-- MIKE WILSON, Richland

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