In no way is it different in the outcome of transferring wealth from the pubic treasury to private hands.
said it was "different".
Balloney...a government scheme permitting people to keep more of their own money, money they earned, i.e. THEIR OWN MONEY, is different than a scheme of taking money from someone else and giving it to another person.
Property owner Z owns ten rental properties, 1-10. All ten units are occupied by A-J. The rent on each property is $100. Property owner Z decides to charge A $50 dollars in rent. The necessary consequence of this is A gets to keep $50 more of his own money.
To compensate for A, Z increases the rent for B-J. Even with the increased rent on B-J, A is still allowed to keep $50 of his own money. A is not receiving any money from B-J but is being allowed to keep $50 more of his own money. The money collected from B-J in the form of rent is not being redistributed to his wallet, he is not seeing a penny of the money collected in rent.
Now, we have Z who takes a portion of this rental money from B-J and gives some of it to A. So, let's suppose Z charged $110 dollars from B-J, for a total of $990 dollars collected in rent from B-J. Z decides to give $70 dollars of the money he collected in rent from B-J to A. In this instance, A is now receiving a portion of money which previously belonged to B-J, the money they previously had is now given to him, and is in his possession, for him to spend in a manner he finds pleasing to him.
These two situations are not the same.
This latter situation is the type of welfare I am discussing and the subject of pre-requisite drug testing in Florida, which is different from the preceding example.
Furthermore, welfare was conceived to be temporary and transitional assistance. Welfare is to provide temporary financial assistance to those people and individuals in the unfortunate situation of their income not adequately meeting the basic necessities of life. This creates an obligation on the welfare recipient to be frugal with their income and to spend it on necessities or in a very wise and prudent manner. Welfare is supplemental income to assist them in paying for those necessities. Hence, drug testing is one way to reasonably ensure the welfare recipient is not using welfare money to subsidize their drug habit.
This is indeed the rationale given by Florida authorities to justify their drug testing of welfare recipients. They want to make sure they are not spending other peoples' money
on an illegal activity such as purchasing illegal drugs. Receiving other peoples' money in the mail is different than retaining more of your own money, and the government in Florida wants to ensure those people receiving other peoples' money does not use other peoples money to buy drugs.
Your sports example and government scheme is not the same as the government scheme of welfare, i.e. taking money from A and giving A's money directly to B.