By Diana Hernandez—
“I’m fucked!” shouts a mother of one as she takes a big puff off her rolled joint. Celia Lecea has just heard the news about a bill that might pass for welfare recipients to be drug tested. It has begun to take place in the U.S. for applicants on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and many taxpayers are happy with that change. At least 28 states put forth proposals requiring drug testing for public assistance applicants or recipients in 2012. Four states, Utah, Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma passed legislation.
Although, this is still an ongoing debate because many feel it violates the Constitution. And who is to say that people on welfare do more drugs then people who do not need government assistance? If this law were to pass it could be a rode the government will later regret. It opens the door to other means such as college students eventually being drug tested to receive financial aid. This would cost the government or should I say taxpayers more dollars.
Part of taxpayers’ money goes to the many people that need assistance. So of course they are concerned knowing that some of their money goes to drugs. But is that a reason to drug test everyone on welfare? If they are worried about saving money then they are in for a wake up call. It would cost much more to get everyone drug tested, a paid rehab facility and to continue giving them assistance.
The purpose of the bill is to better the people on welfare for employment purposes. But like everything in life there are pros and cons to situations. The pros of course would be that we would find out who is wasting taxpayers money. Drug testing would help people stay clean making them employable. It could even minimize the purchase of drugs, which would make safer communities. The cons of the bill are that it is unconstitutional, stereotypical and it would cost taxpayers more money. Worst of all if people do not pass the drug test they are not allowed to receive assistance and it would ultimately affect the children. So do the pros outweigh the cons? What do you think?
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