Florida Drug Test Welfare
June 7, 2011 by USA Post
Florida Drug Test Welfare, As long as a drink with them to the bathroom and provide a urine sample. Why? Because in Florida, we are poor people. We know they are addicted to drugs. That’s why they are tired and probably why the crowd the masses. So if you want a small amount of state money, for example, buying food to get through these tough economic times or until they can find a job, have to prove that there are first line drugs.
This is the idea of?? Governor Rick Scott. He campaigned on it, and in doing so tapped into a stereotype that many have no basis in reality.
It’s like Ronald Reagan did during his 1976 presidential campaign when he created the welfare queen driving the Cadillac of welfare.
The widespread notion in conservative circles then was that the welfare were lazy, did not want to work and were defrauding the system of thousands of dollars that did not deserve. Reagan knew his audience, and fueled the belief that to win votes.
Scott said the drug user with the stereotype, although there is evidence of an epidemic of drug abuse by those seeking public assistance.
What evidence of a growing number of people who are struggling financially, and thousands of state employees, prison officers, teachers and construction workers will join them on that list by Scott policies and budget cuts.
But if any of them needed temporary help, you have to urinate into a cup first.
What’s wrong with that?
Well, it’s insulting and degrading. It is also accusatory, suggesting that those who seek help and not spend money on drugs instead of providing for their children.
Then there is the question of costs.
The poor themselves have to pay for drug testing, which can cost up to 70. Someone missed the part of them being poor, which by definition means you do not have much extra cash on hand?
If the tests come back clean, the state reimbursed. What am I supposed to do in the meantime, a high-interest loan local moneylender?
I guess we should not be surprised that the poor are being treated this way in the new Scott of Florida is trying to create.
Here is a glimpse of what lies ahead, as described by the Orlando Sentinel in a story that Scott discusses the lack of popularity:
“Vetoes Scott finished with the money to rural dental care units and mobile health for economically depressed counties and programs for deaf paraplegic, disabled, cancer patients and children with brain damage related to the birth.”
As for the poor, tired and huddled masses let them go elsewhere.
If someone needs drug testing, are Scott and his enablers in the Legislature.
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