Stupid shit people say

Oh, where to begin? I could discuss an article I just read about a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce saying that women should “choose the right partner at home”. But what prompted me to write this post was a simple “liked” link posted on FaceBook. “If I need to take a drug test to get a job, then you need a drug test to get welfare!”

Sure, that sounds good on the face of it… nobody wants their hard-earned (and lost) tax dollars paying somebody’s drug habit. But let’s think logically about this for a second, shall we? First off, a drug test doesn’t distinguish between the casual user and the addict.

Secondly, did it occur to you that part of the reason this person needs welfare is that this person can’t get a job? Probably because drug testing is required to get a job. So in effect, what you are saying here is “If you can’t pass a drug test and you lose your current job: starve to death. Or go beg on the street corner. Or turn to crime.”

Third, and I really hate to play this card, but the opposition mindset loves to use it so much I’ll turn it back on ’em. “What about the children?” So Bob lost his job, his unemployment ran out, or he wasn’t eligible, or it’s just not enough to support his 6 kids and his wife’s left or died or whatever. In a moment of weakness, he takes a hit to just escape from his miserable life for a few hours while the kids are off at the sitter. But now he’s ineligible for both a job and for welfare, and the kids are gonna go hungry. Is that right?

In a sense, I agree with the statement entirely, though. It’s just going in the wrong direction. It should be “if people don’t need a drug test to get welfare, why do they need a drug test to get a job and earn an honest living?” Now that’s something I can get behind.

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  • Maryline  On September 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I like the way you think, I could not agree more.
    If only people knew the real trouble drugs bring on to them for LIFE. Sigh.

    Thanks for this post. Reminds me of how lucky I was to be raised in a drug-free environment. (for the most part!)

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