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Require drug testing to receive welfare benefits

The purpose of welfare benefits is to help people who are down on their luck and in the process of searching for a new line of work. Providing money to individuals who are addicted to drugs is not a worthy cause. Welfare is supposed to be temporary and should only help those who are going to be able to one day secure another job/career in my opinion. States such as Texas are proposing legislation to have more strict over sight to make sure the money does not fall into the wrong hands.

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  • Nov 19 2012: I also agree with you, but will there be unintended consequences?

    Will these people become homeless and overburden our shelters, then we would feed them 24/7, provide shelter to them, and take liability for their healthcare. If they live on the street, would you mind if they begged for money, urinated, and littered our streets? How much does it cost to repair, police, and clean our neighborhood because of homelessness?

    So what if they don't turn homeless. Do they have to steal their neighbors property more often to buy food, shelter, drugs, and gamble? Will some turn to prostitution and spread disease and maybe have a child that tax payers pay for the birth, diapers, formula and educate them for 18 years.

    If we require Drug Testing to receive Welfare Benefits, then they will find the drugs another way. We should be giving them drug and alcohol counseling at the least.

    I don't know the answers. I agree with your opinion and I know their is a way to offer Welfare benefits to drug-free individuals. We just have to find a solution.

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