Wow, finally a beathe of fresh air! Is it possible? Our government is moving toward doing something that borders on genius. Wow!
"Conservatives who say welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test to receive government assistance have momentum on their side.
The issue has come up in the Republican presidential campaign, with front-runner Mitt Romney saying it's an 'excellent idea.'"
This is just such a good idea on so many levels. The poor are a major drain on our country, and it is our country's responsibility to aid them. No one can be allowed to starve. Yet it is these people, the poor, who have the greatest dependency upon drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Test them for drugs, test them for alcohol, test them for nicotine levels. If they need the government's handouts, the government should be allowed to dictate to a degree how this money is spent.
Welfare is in place to provide a place to live and food to eat. The people who receive it should not be enjoying drugs and cigarettes. A pack of cigarettes costs as much as a meal for a family. If they can afford the cigarettes, clearly they do not need Welfare. "'If you can afford to buy drugs, and use drugs, you don't need" welfare, said Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, who is sponsoring a bill this session."
I would like to take this a step further. Cigarettes have been proven without a doubt to lead to health complications. Prisoners are allowed to smoke. Why? In prison people are wards of the state. As such we have to provide health care for them. Allowing these convicted felons the luxury of smoking can end up costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per inmate. Prison is not meant to be nice.
Clearly we cannot take cigarettes away from prisoners all at once. There would be massive riots. How about instead we institute a policy that no person entering the penal system from X date onward is allowed to smoke? This would make prison a further deterrent. Win-win.