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Over 22 states are considering enacting laws which will require social welfare recipients, including the working poor, to take a drug test before receiving any form of social welfare. Most conservatives, right-leaning libertarians, and anyone else against social safety nets, are almost religious, in their support for this measure.
Unfortunately, welfare is just not for the working poor or disenfranchised citizens on the fringe of survival, subsidies, vouchers, bailouts, etc.... are all forms of welfare. Why would we only test the poor receiving social welfare? If we are a nation that recognizes every woman and man as equals, with inalienable natural rights, why not violate them equally for everyone?
Perhaps all the CEO's and board members of the institutions rescued with corporate welfare, during the 2008 financial meltdown, need to piss in cups also. And since Mitt Romney believes corporations are people too, shall all workers at all the corporations that receive corporate welfare, be drug tested to receive their weekly paychecks?
How about all the farmers out there, receiving vouchers and other subsidies, the gas CEO's who receive billions in subsidies, will we be testing them too?
Trillions of dollars in corporate welfare went out to banks, hedge fund managers and corporations, including foreign corporations and banks, will we be testing foreign corporate welfare recipients next?
What is even the point of such ridiculous legislation? Corporate welfare usually triples that of social welfare, if we are looking to enact austerity measures, start there. It's easy to blame the poor and disenfranchised worker, who cannot excel under a corporate oligarch, in a wage-labor, crony-capitalistic system; but the fact remains that non-human entities receive over three times the welfare of human beings.
Corporate welfare has run rampant in our restrained markets, dominated by big-brother's filthy hands, and the whims of central bankers. I don't recall the mass protests to drug test social welfare recipients, I wonder where the impetus for such legislation came from?
The continual feeding of our tax dollars to corrupt corporations and banks, not only bankrupts us as a nation, it also keeps our markets restrained, and pushes us further away from a true free market.
Until all welfare recipients have to abide by the same rules, these drug test laws for potential social welfare beneficiaries are not only discriminatory, they are ineffective at stopping the true drain on our tax revenues – corporate welfare recipients.