Liberals Fight To Keep Welfare Recipients Addicted To Drugs

Liberals Fight To Keep Welfare Recipients Addicted To Drugs

You’d think that stopping welfare checks from being spent on crack would be a relatively non-controversial proposal, but you’d be wrong since there are liberals involved.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides “personal accountability.”

“It’s not right for taxpayer money to be paying for somebody’s drug addiction,” Scott told CNN’s T.J. Holmes on Sunday. “On top of that, this is going to increase personal responsibility, personal accountability. We shouldn’t be subsidizing people’s addiction.”

But the ACLU of Florida, which has already filed suit against Scott over a measure requiring government employees to undergo random drug testing, disagrees, and may sue over the welfare law as well.

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“What (Scott) is doing is giving ugly legitimacy to an unfortunate stereotype that has been in this country for a couple of decades — that all welfare recipients are a bunch of drug abusers,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

Scott told CNN he wants to ensure that welfare funds go to their primary target — to disadvantaged children — and provide people with an incentive not to use drugs. He signed the measure on June 1, calling it “the right thing for taxpayers.”

…”Governor Scott’s new drug testing law is not only an affront to families in need and detrimental to our nation’s ongoing economic recovery, it is downright unconstitutional,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings. “If Governor Scott wants to drug test recipients of TANF benefits, where does he draw the line? Are families receiving Medicaid, state emergency relief, or educational grants and loans next?”

“I work for the ACLU, and it’s our job to prevent trampling on the constitutional rights of people,” Simon said. The Constitution mandates that searches cannot be conducted without probable cause, he said.

Of course, it’s unconstitutional to test welfare cases! After all, if we can’t drug test students or NFL players, then we certainly can’t test welfare recipients….oh, wait! We CAN drug test them and if the Supreme Court doesn’t consider that to be a search without probable cause, then testing welfare recipients certainly shouldn’t be unconstitutional either.

PS: There’s a reason people tend to think welfare recipients “are a bunch of drug abusers.” It’s because studies show they’re more likely than the average person to be “drug abusers.” Of course, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out (just not a liberal). It’s seems self-evident to everyone else that if you’re a junky, you’re more likely to be so hapless that you need welfare.

PS #2: This would actually be motivation for welfare cases who use to get clean and you have to figure that for some of them, getting clean may allow them to get it together enough that they may no longer need welfare. How can that be a bad thing? Oh, wait, it’s a bad thing if you’re a liberal and you figure sky-high welfare cases are more likely to vote for you than clean, productive members of society. Lots of compassion there, libs.

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