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Welfare Drug Testing

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Started: 10/4/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
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ladyjenbugz

Pro

I believe in the testing. We will debate
with more than 2 ppl to give it a twist.
cordial_solipsist

Con

Good luck to ladyjenbugz,

I'll posit some clarifications that PRO can accept or reject, being the instigator. I'll then follow with some basic assertions to get us started.

To clarify: I believe the topic to imply that a drug test should be mandatory for any person receiving welfare benefits and if the drug test is declined or failed, benefits are not issued to that person. I oppose

1. Welfare Drug Tests Exemplify Legal Inequality

Why welfare recipients? If the argument is that those receiving government aid should be subject to drug law compliance and verification, why shouldn't all those receiving government subsidy be subject to the same tests? Seniors on medicaid and other gov't programs, gov't employees, foreign governments, even private businesses receiving tax breaks would have to be drug tested in order for the resolution to aptly apply to people receiving government funds. If this is not the case, the resolution promotes inequality under the law and is a form of discrimination.

2. The Resolution Violates Welfare Recipients' Constitutional Rights

Forcing welfare recipients to take drug tests is a violation of the 5th amendment as a forcible act of self-incrimination and the 4th amendment as a search without probable cause. The resolution forces the poor to choose between support society deems necessary and testifying to potentially incriminating behavior. Even if it is argued that "those who do not use drugs should have no problem taking the test," it is constitutionally invalid to 'search' people without cause. What supports the notion that welfare recipients are more likely than any average person to use drugs and further, what gives the gov't the right to force any particular welfare recipient to test?

3. Welfare Drug Testing is NOT fiscally viable (does not save the government $$$)

The cost of administering drug tests to welfare recipients would outweigh the savings of rejections from failed tests. The Center for Law and Public Policy estimates a similar law could cost between $20,000 to $77,000 to screen out ONE drug user, far exceeding the benefits that one user would receive. (1).

Look forward to your response and I'll elaborate/clarify if needed. Thanks.

Source:
(1) http://www.governing.com...
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