There are few things that should irk Americans more than seeing their cash taken from them in order to fund something immoral or reprehensible. That is why I find it amazing that so many are angry about there being no drug test for welfare recipients when so few seem to care about all of the other places their tax money goes. Still, I understand the sentiment. “Cash for Crack” might be a good slogan for some areas when it comes to welfare use – and that makes me angry as much as it does the next guy.
Still, welfare programs don’t have to buy drugs necessarily in order to make the purchases unpalatable. A friend of mine worked in retail and used to get angry when someone came through buying food with their EBT and then threw down $400 on beer. He never received a government check and yet rarely justified spending $8 on a 6-pack. It’s likely many of us have hears other horror stories about purchasable materials with that fashionable EBT card. I’ve heard of weaves, press-on nails, and fresh flowers – staples Americans can’t survive without.
Here’s what concerns me – the call for drug testing welfare recipients is coming from conservatives almost exclusively. Some of my liberal friends find themselves on the fence, only finding a discrimination defense against welfare recipients. Of course, their reaction is that if welfare recipients are going to get drug tested, then in order to keep from discriminating, everyone should have to be drug tested! Horray!
If you took delight in not being as dense as that big government individual, think again… you may be in uniform company. Allow me to reframe the explanation of what conservatives across the nation are calling for in order to provide perspective.
We conservatives want the following:
1. A massive federal entity created that is capable of handing out drug tests to millions of American citizens.
2. This federal entity must be able to keep records on individuals in order to track their previous drug uses – a federal database.
3. This entity must have the power to strip individuals of their privacy in order to obtain blood or urine at random times.
Now, I know that most of us despise national welfare and have many problems with its current form. Still, it is the law of the land. Just because we have one legislative blemish doesn’t mean that we should correct it by creating another. Right now I hear conservatives sounding like liberals. We are calling for the federal government to expand its powers and in turn limit individual rights in an attempt to rectify a current problem. Do we not see the problem with this?
This completely lacks principle and is simply reactionary. Our principles of limited government are completely thrown out the window in the hopes that a federal government can come in and save us from fraud, waste, and abuse. Let us further consider the notion that if we were to grant these expanded powers that the fed would actually stop the problem at hand. Does anyone here think that if a private doping agency with outstanding expansive powers can’t figure out that almost all of its athletes were doping in cycling that the federal government will be better?
This is the classic example of cutting our head off and standing on it to get a better view. Such careless clamoring is crippling the conservative creed. If you want a discussion of just ditching national welfare – then I’m on board.
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