Wherein Hanlon is torn: drug tests for the unemployed

This is one of those spots where I’m forced to do something I don’t like: really think hard. And then I have to do something else I don’t like: possibly agree with a Republican.

See, I’m one of those liberals that agrees that welfare and social security are good things, but you get a handful of jerkoffs that exploit the system and wreck it for everyone else. So Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) decided to drug test anyone that wants those benefits.

“Drugs are a scourge on our society — hurting children, families and communities alike,” Hatch said in a statement. “This amendment is a way to help people get off of drugs to become productive and healthy members of society, while ensuring that valuable taxpayer dollars aren’t wasted.”

Under the Hatch amendment, individuals who fail to qualify for benefits because they failed a drug test wouldn’t necessarily be jailed, but would be enrolled in a state or federal drug treatment program.

This is a great opportunity to weigh some pros and cons of this plan. So let’s start off with the pros.

  • Drugs are a huge problem for the unemployed, so this could help clean them up.
  • As part of the above, rampant drug usage in low income areas is a big reason for the crime rates
  • Less money being thrown at people who are using it to get a fix means more money for people who need it for food and baby formula

Now a few cons.

  • I can’t really imagine this would be cheap.
  • Frankly I don’t think drugs should be illegal, and if a guy wants to spend ten bucks on weed instead of beer or Zagnut bars that should be his prerogative.
  • Really? We’re finding ways to avoid paying out welfare when there are bailouts going on?

I like the idea of helping the destitute clean up their lives, and if they need a little kick in the ass to do it, I’m pretty cool with it. But I’m not entirely convinced it’ll work out. Plus, honestly, why does it seem like this country is trying to pinch pennies from the needy in order to throw huge wads of cash at the people who already have it?

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4 responses to “Wherein Hanlon is torn: drug tests for the unemployed

  1. The whole thing smells like a scam to me, intended to funnel more money at the Correctional Industrial Complex.

  2. The whole thing smells like a scam to me, intended to funnel more money at the Correctional Industrial Complex.

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