More stupidity

The War on Drugs continues. What’s now under fire is your unemployment check, welfare, or food stamps. Proposed legislation will cut you off from your “last hope” line of income if you fail random drug screening. No mention of whether bank executives will be subjected to a piss test before getting their next billion dollars.

The problem with this plan is two-fold:

  1. The premise that people will stop doing drugs so that they continue to receive their money is flawed. Drugs are addictive. If you could just stop because you realize it’s in your best interest to do so, we wouldn’t have such a drug problem in the first place.
  2. The sentiments fueling this legislation (“not with my money” and “this isn’t going to hurt anybody who isn’t doing drugs”) ignore the fact that these people need money. And they WILL get it. If you cut them off from legitimate sources of income, they will turn to crime. Arguing that these laws wouldn’t hurt me is not going to carry much weight when I’m bleeding out from a chest wound as a drug addict makes off with my wallet.
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  • Mackenzie  On April 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I’m guessing the goal is “if they can’t afford drugs, they can’t buy drugs,” but yeah, it falls over on #2.

  • Noel Lynne Figart  On April 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I predict an increase in child abandonment and worse.

    And I say this as a Libertarian.

    • wolfger  On April 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm

      Ooh! Excellent point! They don’t even have do be disposed to violence for this law to cause harm to innocents. Though I bet they’d say the children should be taken away if the parents are using drugs, but that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax.

  • gamerchick02  On April 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    This is disgusting. Collecting unemployment is degrading enough, why do they have to also require drug testing?

    Is it to keep people from getting the benefits THEY PAID FOR? I have paid in to the system (all through University I paid into unemployment; I was not allowed to collect on such payments), why must I “prove” I’m not on drugs to collect them?

    *boggles*

    FYI, most jobs require drug testing. So, if you’re on drugs, you won’t be able to get a job anyway.

    Amy

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