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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 24 2012: As you’ve said, “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.” I’d like to know where in this purpose it excludes people for activities outside of its scope.
    You've said, "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." I believe your opinion is not based in fact but in a bias built on a strawman argument that characterizes all drug users as lazy and shiftless addicts unwilling to work.
    I'm sure if you were to know how many of the people that you interact with each day that use substances that have been made illegal or abuse prescription drugs that they have obtained legally you'd be absolutely stunned.

    Pre-approval drug testing is based on the premise that every applicant is a criminal.
    It's a belief that everyone that makes an application for the program is seen as potentially engaged in an alleged illegal activity that has no barring on the purpose of the program or reflects the needs of the person(s) making the application.
    This is accusing somebody of a crime before there is any evidence that they've done anything to support the accusation.
    What this is saying is, "If you apply for welfare you must be a drug addict, so you must prove that you're not or your application will be denied." That sure sounds like guilty before proven innocent.

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