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Should states require welfare recipients to pass drug tests?

 
 
Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:08 pm
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Yes.....80%.......166963
No.......20%............41066
Total votes: 208029
This is not a scientific poll

http://www.cnn.com/

OK, so this is just a snap poll but damn it is depressing. I of course think the answer is no, and see no reason for the state to drug test citizens except in the course of trying to offer assistance, by the way of drug use abatement programs. Testing to deprive citizens access to the assistance to the program formerly known as welfare is not helpful, is oppression from the state, and will hurt kids as they face deprivation and entering into state custody.

Only 20% agree with me??!! Can this possibly be a real life number? Are there good reasons for answering yes....ie other than being cheap and punitive ? How can anyone say yes here when pot would be one of the drugs tested, a drug that the majority in some states want to be legalized or decriminalized? Are we going to be made to hand over are drug prescriptions to the state so that they can see if we are abusing legal drugs?
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:16 pm
It's pretty freakin' depressing alright. I wonder if they did a companion question about giving banks and big companies state handouts.
Mame
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:20 pm
I think it's the economic times. When people are affluent and doing well, they tend to be more generous and forgiving to others, especially those beneath them on the social ladder. When times are tight, we get mean (as in tight, cheap).
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:23 pm
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:

It's pretty freakin' depressing alright. I wonder if they did a companion question about giving banks and big companies state handouts.
My hunch is that it is a result of a knee jerk reaction towards wanting to punish those perceived to be slackers....but our main problem is a broken system which does not provide enough work and wages from work for people to support themselves, it is not that we have too many slackers.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:27 pm
@Mame,
Mame wrote:

I think it's the economic times. When people are affluent and doing well, they tend to be more generous and forgiving to others, especially those beneath them on the social ladder. When times are tight, we get mean (as in tight, cheap).
It is more that everyone realizes now that as a collective we are in deep deep trouble, so the call is "everyone man a oar!" and those who refuse are to be tossed overboard. Thus who take drugs are not on their oar. Trouble is there are kids involved who have never committed a sin against the collective, and we dont seem to care if they get hurt too.
Mame
 
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Reply Wed 26 Oct, 2011 04:30 pm
@hawkeye10,
The children are tarred by the same brush.
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