Drug Testing for Welfare
As of today, over sixteen percent of Americans are receiving some form of welfare benefits. “Welfare is classified as a statutory procedure or social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need”: Welfare is provided by the government, both state and federal. (http://dictionary.com/browse/welfare) The government receives the money from the taxpayers in order to support welfare recipients. Tax payers are the working class. Seventy-five percent of citizens that are among the social class, also known as the working class, are required to take pre-employment drug screening. When citizens receive welfare; however, they are not required to take drug screenings, even though they receive the funds from the government. Drug tests for welfare recipients will be one way to start saving money in this country.
Many people today are arguing whether this move towards making drug testing a requirement to receive welfare benefits is unjust or not. This argument is based on the fourth amendment which states: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/fourth_amendment) Is it unjust to make the working class take pre-employment drug testing? No, so how is it unjust to require welfare recipients to take drug tests. The working class pays taxes. Those taxes go to the government. The government then budgets for the funds to go towards programs such as welfare. Many people would argue that not all people on welfare are “playing” the system, but in life, it’s not all people that are the ones to take advantage of things. The government currently uses the method of don’t ask...
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