Editor, Daily Press:
I do not condone the use of drugs by welfare recipients and I do not believe that many can afford to use drugs. I also do not condone government intrusion into the private lives of citizens.
I do not believe it is an efficient use of tax dollars to expand the government by hiring people to administer drug tests, in addition to purchasing the drug-testing supplies. Often the government wants the tested to pay for the tests, but in this case, that’s just a redistribution of welfare money back to the government and out of the pockets of local merchants who would be selling diapers and soap to the welfare recipients.
Furthermore, what happens to those who are removed from the welfare rolls? What happens to the children when their parents can not meet their living expenses? In some cases, some of these people will feel desperate enough to steal and will end up in prison, where the taxpayer will be paying, anyway. The children may become wards of the state, where again, the taxpayer will be paying for their care.
This is a bad move in hard economic times. With 9 percent unemployment, the state is having problems keeping money in circulation. Why add more tax burden by hiring drug testers? Perhaps this is a move that could be made when times are better and people have more money to pay the additional taxes to implement this plan.
Editor, Daily Press:
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