Position Paper

Topics: Drug addiction, Addiction, Drug abuse Pages: 4 (1477 words) Published: April 2, 2013
Welfare, Fair or Unfair?

Do you plan on being a teacher after college? There are nine states where welfare pays more that the average salary of a U.S. teacher. There are 4,300,000 Americans currently on welfare, which is 4.1% of the total population in the United States. Total government spending annually is around 131.9 billion dollars. Many state legislatures are debating whether people receiving welfare should be required to pass a drug test before qualifying for benefits. Proponents say testing would help the recipients and protect the taxpayers. But on the other hand, opponents argue that drug testing is unconstitutional and a breach in public property. Do you think that recipients on welfare should be tested for drugs? I defiantly think that we need to make it a law that if you are going to receive benefits then you has to pass a drug test before receiving anything. This would help to ensure that the millions of Americans that are supporting welfare recipients would know that their money is going to the right cause, and not on drugs. Since they are receiving help from the government, you would think that the government of all people would not want to support something that is illegal. If a person is adept at affording their own drugs, then they certainly do not need welfare assistance. Furthermore, you would think, a person would want to remain drug free to promote a drug-free household for their kids. To fight the specter of welfare recipients spending taxpayer money on drugs, a Republican congressman has reintroduced legislation to make welfare applicants take a urinalysis to prove that they are clean. Rep. Stephen Fincher's bill would require states to randomly test 20 percent of people receiving benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. "Currently the federal government enables drug abusers a safety-net by allowing them to participate in the TANF program," Fincher said in a statement. "Instead of having to make the...

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