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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 think this is a no-brainer and I think it is ridiculous that it is not already in place to have mandatory drug testing for welfare benefits. I think Welfare should exist, however I think it should only be given to people who deserve it - those who can be effective people in the workforce and can benefit society but they can't find a job or they are disabled. Obviously the government won't screen everybody on an individual basis, but an easy way to weed out the people abusing Welfare is to find the drug users and addicts. I think it is asinine that those who receive Welfare do not have to be drug testing. The only reason that I can think of why it would not be done is cost.

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