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Do you support the Texas bill to require drug screening for welfare?

It would require applicants to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to undergo screening by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Under this bill, applicants who appear to use drug or have been convicted for drug use will be subjected to testing. Applicants who test positive for drugs would be barred from receiving TANF funds for 12 months.

Because TANF is a direct cash assistance program, a responsibility exists to ensure that these funds are not being used to support a person’s drug habit.

Is this a approperiate means to deal with the problem or are other ways available?


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  • Mar 29 2013: For Christ's sake,
    stop trying to legislate everything!!
    You'll never get it right and it will never be perfect
    and the arguing will continue over it not being perfect.
    End the unjust system you are all a part of.
    Why the hell can't anyone see that dealing directly with the cause
    is the way to correct something?
    I don't get it?

    Yesterday I read about a teacher in Amerika who has been taken to task for using the word "vagina"
    in a class he was teaching, I think, about re-production!!!

    Just how neurotic are U.S. citizens?
    To the rest of the world you are self-centered bunch of neuroses and you sound like a
    tree full of birds, yakking away.
    A word!!!!! a f.......... word!!!!!!!!!!
    and people are up in arms about what is natural and should be taught and known.

    You are so sold on legislating every single part of your lives that you have allowed your

    Take the time to think.
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      Mar 29 2013: You have a point. We are more divided than I have ever seen it in 70 years. We are becoming racially divided, class divided, etc ...

      The government has more hidden aganedas than I have ever seen

      You spoke out loud and clear above ..... what do you see as the cause .... what is the cure?

      I have suggested in almost every reply that we need to return to a Constitutional government. Do you think that would help?

      We in the USA are to close to the forest to see the trees ... give me your views.

      • Mar 31 2013: Robert
        It is really simple.
        The system we all live in is unjust. It is an unjust system that thrives on corruption.
        In order to be successful in the monetary system, one has to become corrupt and resisting becoming corrupted will make life very difficult, while those who are in power break laws, make laws, and these laws make it harder for people to simply live, work, survive, thrive themselves, grow and to do so in relative peace, security and with comfort. The tighter things get, the greater the chance of either breaking a law simply to survive, or willingly breaking laws, a la criminal activity, simply to meet ones needs. These needs are the same for everyone in the world, so people are afraid they won't get their needs met, they don't get their needs met, and they take risks that are akin to seeking out a loan shark, something most would not do.
        The privatized prison system in Amerika is a great example. It's private. It's business. It can only thrive on more crime, not less. People need to wake up. A criminal, one who commits a crime, is not a bad person. They are trying to survive in whatever way they can. Many do not have the options so-called "good people" have, but the options for "good people" are also running out as they are being taken away. One way is by taking away their liberties, which is happening a la endangered species in the U.S.
        Thus, an unjust system can never be made just. It can't. Never! The reasons or causes either have to be totally eradicated or a completely new and just system created and implemented as the Declaration of Independence compels Americans, authorizes Americans, commands them and tells them what the result should be.
        Money is the reason. A monetary system can only live on the food of crime, greed, inequality, poverty. slavery, war and death. It is also an economic system that is anything but economy, which means not wasting, being prudent and I'm running out of characters while Americans are running out of time.
      • Apr 1 2013: Hi Robert.
        Another chance to reply.
        Returning to the Constitution sounds good.
        Returning to the Republic we began as would be good.
        However, at times when the discussion is around the changes we need, desire and even know are sensible the posts usually go something like this.
        "We don't need to make all these large, difficult and risky changes to our system.
        What we need are leaders who are ethical, honest, not greedy, not criminal and will act accordingly for the interests of their constituents, and so on and blah, blah, blah."
        Sure, we need that but it is almost childlike to really believe we will get honest, ethical people, who care, when the system they have learned and come up in is all about who you know, a willingness to be unethical and even criminal and we have watched this exact reality play out time and again right before our very eyes.
        The system is wrong. The system is wrong. A new, just system is needed in which there are no reasons for corruption because we develop a world-wide system whereby the Human Needs of all people are Human Rights. Just to begin.
        The control of or false right to own any of the earth's resources must be abolished because in reality, they were here, everywhere, for everyone and were free.
        Ownership is part of corruption, greed, inequality, poverty, slavery, war and death.
        Capitalism is about capitalizing on the back luck of others, on what they don't know, what they have been lied to or deceived about, solely for gain. Another form of corruption in a corrupt, unjust system.
        But back to the Constitution. It was rumored some years ago that George Bush was quoted as saying, "the Constitution is nothing but a Goddamned piece of paper."
        Well, that hasn't been verified but we know it has been under great attack, attack meant only to destroy it.
        Well, the real truth is that the People are the Constitution, even if the document is destroyed, they have to destroy us/US and we don't have to do anything they say, command or threaten.

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