States eye drug tests for welfare rec...

States eye drug tests for welfare recipients

There are 1108 comments on the HeraldTribune.com story from May 10, 2011, titled States eye drug tests for welfare recipients. In it, HeraldTribune.com reports that:

Lawmakers in more than two-dozen states have proposed drug-testing recipients of welfare or other government assistance, taking a tough stance on aiding the poor in the down economy.

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Sheik Yerbouti

Richmond, IN

#1 May 11, 2011
The great american tradition of kicking a man when he's down continues courtesy of the rethugs!

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Kurt Vonnegut

Allentown, PA

#2 May 11, 2011
Best news I heard all day.

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ben dover

Easton, PA

#3 May 11, 2011
Great idea, how about testing some of the people on ssi as well.
Joe Public

Lebanon, PA

#5 May 11, 2011
If someone has to pass a drug test to be hired for a job, then everybody should have to pass and continue to pass spot drug testing to receive any type of welfare benefits. I wish to share with you an incident that I witnessed first hand. Standing in line at a grocery store, the person infront of me was paying with their access card. They did not have enough funds left on their access card to cover their purchases. At that point they pulled out a Master Card and told the cashier to put the rest on that. How in the heck can someone living of off welfare and society get a Master Card? Whats wrong with this picture?
enough already

Newville, PA

#6 May 11, 2011
I agree Joe. I worked in a doctor's office, and the patient's on PA Access would come in with at least 4 kids, fancy cell phone to their ear, nails and hair done, and wearing name brand clothing. And when they were asked for their $3 co-pay, they claimed they didn't have it. Really? Maybe if you weren't using a Blackberry, spending $50 a month on fake nails, tanning, etc, you'd have enough money for your basic living needs. If my husband has to submit a random drug test to keep his job, then surely it's not too much to ask to have the people receiving assistance to do the same. But the catch is this: If they fail the test, they need to be terminated on the spot. Not given 3 more chances to pass it. That's where it will get intersting. People will start their "I'm being discriminated" crap and it will all be for nothing. We bend over backward to support the wrong people. Another thing that needs changing is the way that people can use the cash assistance. They use their card just like you and I do our own debit/credit cards. They can buy smokes, chew, lotto tickets etc. I watched it happen at a local conveinent store. Money is tight because we are wasting it on people that know they will get everything handed to them with out and ounce of effort on their part. Maybe once we get this issue under control, we won't have to lay off our teachers and their aides in order to make up for the deficit.

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Its only fair

Greencastle, PA

#7 May 11, 2011
If they a supposedly struggling financially then they shouldn't be able to afford drugs.
meo2

Harrisburg, PA

#8 May 11, 2011
Joe Public wrote:
If someone has to pass a drug test to be hired for a job, then everybody should have to pass and continue to pass spot drug testing to receive any type of welfare benefits. I wish to share with you an incident that I witnessed first hand. Standing in line at a grocery store, the person infront of me was paying with their access card. They did not have enough funds left on their access card to cover their purchases. At that point they pulled out a Master Card and told the cashier to put the rest on that. How in the heck can someone living of off welfare and society get a Master Card? Whats wrong with this picture?
You sure it wasn't a child support card or an unemployment card or even a bank card with a mastercard logo? there are people who work that still don't get paid enough or have worked and got laid off that do quailify for assistants SMH
A Nanny Mouse

Somerset, NJ

#9 May 11, 2011
Why not?
Get free help from the community because you are unemployable (or under-employed) and get treated like an employed person?
How terrible!
A Nanny Mouse

Somerset, NJ

#10 May 11, 2011
Bring back the Civilian Conservation Corps!
Test the legislators

East Berlin, PA

#11 May 11, 2011
as well.
Nuts

York, PA

#12 May 11, 2011
Corporations siphon billions out of this country and we're always concerned about a few bucks taken by a couple people who milk the system for a few thousand bucks.

Exactly what the govt. wants you to focus on; crap like this, and not big, real issues. Maybe we should waste some more time on gay rights, abortion, or teaching evolution in schools. These companies have you moving to their drum like puppets!
trs

Carlisle, PA

#13 May 11, 2011
the story said that it is not constitutional to require these people to submit to a drug test than why is it a requirement for employment? Don't make sense to me!!!
A Nanny Mouse

Somerset, NJ

#14 May 11, 2011
Easy. If it is unconstitution to put requirements on it, then shut it down. Starve to death and freeze if it is such an infringement.

Pay for my food, housing and medical and you can put a catheter in my arm and test me all day long!
YESS

Allentown, PA

#15 May 11, 2011
YESSS ABOUT TIME,
jones

Zionhill, PA

#16 May 11, 2011
Joe Public wrote:
If someone has to pass a drug test to be hired for a job, then everybody should have to pass and continue to pass spot drug testing to receive any type of welfare benefits. I wish to share with you an incident that I witnessed first hand. Standing in line at a grocery store, the person infront of me was paying with their access card. They did not have enough funds left on their access card to cover their purchases. At that point they pulled out a Master Card and told the cashier to put the rest on that. How in the heck can someone living of off welfare and society get a Master Card? Whats wrong with this picture?
Nothing as far as Giant Supermarket is told. Don't ask questions when you see access cards being passed around. it's either feed them or they wind up dead under a bridge or a makeshift shelter. I can't agree unless all public servants do the same thing. Drug test everyone . When 50% of our population can't pass a urine test , what are we going to do.
Father Murphy

Hanover, PA

#17 May 11, 2011
You people commenting on here are miserable hateful dogs. Why don't you take a drug test, then pay for it out of your own pocket. None of you are Christians. None of you will go to Heaven.

Bunch of sinners you are.

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A Nanny Mouse

Somerset, NJ

#18 May 11, 2011
I'll take a drug and alcohol test anytime, anywhere.
I don't drink and the only drugs I take come from a real doctor.

Are all these welfare moms junkies and crack whores? I doubt it. I think it is just the ACLU stealing money to chase assinine things instead of real problems.
Remember when the ACLU used to make things better?
Now they are a part of the problem.
Protects junkies and criminals and screws everyone else.
jones

Zionhill, PA

#19 May 11, 2011
Father Murphy wrote:
You people commenting on here are miserable hateful dogs. Why don't you take a drug test, then pay for it out of your own pocket. None of you are Christians. None of you will go to Heaven.
Bunch of sinners you are.
I agree Dropkick , Most of the people I know getting some kind of assistance have spent at least two years near or at the bottom. The next step would be suicide but they fought for assistance and when they get it in the form of food housing or whatever the burden is lifted and they can live a near normal life. Yes my mind has changed since I was job looking and found a few. Times are different now and if we can't help our fellow man we are all consigned to the hell we will receive.
jones

Zionhill, PA

#20 May 11, 2011
A Nanny Mouse wrote:
I'll take a drug and alcohol test anytime, anywhere.
I don't drink and the only drugs I take come from a real doctor.
Are all these welfare moms junkies and crack whores? I doubt it. I think it is just the ACLU stealing money to chase assinine things instead of real problems.
Remember when the ACLU used to make things better?
Now they are a part of the problem.
Protects junkies and criminals and screws everyone else.
A real doctor addicting you to prescription drugs . There is a difference , explain it to all of us?
conficdential

Somerset, NJ

#21 May 11, 2011
Jones,
Would you have taken a pee test to get that help or kicked the person helping you in the nuts?
I have no problem helping anyone in need.
I am not going to pay for someome's addiction. They can starve and freeze until they decide to get straight.
I was on assistance for 6 months due to an accident that put me out of work. I would have had no problem if a drug test was a requirement to get my life back on track.

BTW, I do know some women who are drug addicts and alcoholics milking the system and wish the system would help them instead of enabling them to stay addicts.

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