Someone recently asked those who are receiving state benefits to undergo random drug testing. CNN has an article detailing the law promoted by West Virginia lawmakers. The other ten states are discussing these laws.
The Coalition want to drug test welfare
Of course, this issue is controversial. The American Civil Liberties Union has jumped on it, defending the rights of drug users or similar. There is at least one valid argument against Qu. Although unemployment benefits are government subsidies, unemployment benefits are insurance, not welfare. The weekly money is taken from you both manually and into this plan. If you are an independent contractor who doesn’t get work, you can’t take unemployment because you can’t compare money. Agreeing with someone’s money, but refusing to take the time needed to return it is a good way to eventually win the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union may well win.
However, what if we only focus on those who are receiving government benefits? Qu Dabi does not return any qualifications. We are not talking about millions of people, and Qu Zheng legitimately needs government help because of some difficult times. That is to say, a small number of people not only violated the law, but also used a system designed to help the unfortunate and ultimately bring bad reputation to all recipients. We all know that the only purpose of some people is to collect larger welfare checks. Most people do not do this, but Guigui has several children and collects welfare for being accused of doing so.
Drug Testing Welfare Recipients
Now, how do you pick out a certain part of the population? Yes. It is good to expect people to abide by the law. Isn’t it fair? No. It’s very unfair to pick out people, but a policeman who only passes the speed limit. I don’t believe it. Welfare people are more likely to be stereotyped by drug abusers. Frankly speaking, I doubt whether the welfare recipients are more drug abusers than others. If drug use is just a low-level affair, millionaire athletes and actors will not be caught by drugs.
Consider the legal intent. If someone thinks that we want to seize these drug addicts and deprive them of federal funds to save money, they can deceive themselves. At least in the short term, it won’t save. Therefore, in the face of economic downturn, countries that rush to pass these laws will not save any money. Any kind of drug testing procedures will be expensive to implement and maintain. In addition to the cost of the test itself, there is a problem that counts when someone is caught. Will we send him to prison? Are such test results allowed in court?
The goal of random drug testing must be to keep users away from drugs. It is impossible for the net to threaten to take away welfare, because one’s freedom is already in danger, because drug use is against the law. A person may need to quit drugs to regain or maintain welfare status. It’s at least a beginning, but even the drug treatment has a high failure rate because many people return to drugs. In the end, even if 25% of the people who participated in the program can get rid of drugs, it is a huge success. This way, people can reverse their life, and many people can get rid of the welfare system. Participation in welfare does not mean that a person takes drugs, but drug use will definitely increase the chances of participating in welfare. Letting users leave the system is a big deal. The cost of welfare will be reduced, and the cost of health care for various problems that may be caused by treatment drugs will also be reduced.
I believe that this program can be wild, but it is not a quick solution to save money and economic downturn. If implemented, Qu must help people get rid of drugs, and not punish Qu for taking drugs. I am not interested in my taxes to get benefits from the benefit recipients because of drugs and/or money that will be spent on drugs. However, simply taking money from them does not solve the real problem.