Financial Politics

Urine, or You’re Out

I received the following e-mail yesterday.

“Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work. They pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem.

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who do not have to pass a urine test. So here is my question.

Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sit on their rump – doing drugs – while I work.

Can you imagine how much money the government would save if people had to pass a urine test to get public assistance? I guess we could title that program, “Urine, or you’re out.”

First, my compliments to the author. No anger, no swearing. Note her use of the word rump instead of ass, which of course is what I would have used before I was Obama Mini Me.

It does come down to responsibility and accountability, both of which I’m in favor of requiring in life for all that we do. Roosevelt put the country back to work, but I think those going back to work had a different mind-set back then. They wanted to work. Does everyone now want to work? Not so much is my guess.

“I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet.” That assumes they were on their feet to start with. Again, not so much. The system is not designed to motivate, to teach, or to elevate anyone. It’s a lazy system. I went to unemployment once to watch. No kidding, I wanted to see what it was all about. One of the things I noticed is that more than half the people in line got up there and had to be sent back to fill in the paperwork completely. If I were filling out paperwork to get hundreds of dollars a week, I would take a little care filling it out. The time for those ‘reruns’ has to be significant and costly.

Look, I’m left of center for sure. And, I hope this post does not make those around me say I’m right of the Hudson because I don’t think we should be doling out dollars without responsibility and accountability.

Make welfare a wage. Put all on welfare to work. Have a huge bin of jobs at welfare. You have to pick out of the bin a job to do over the next 24 hours to get your money. Maybe the jobs could include things like visit an old folks home (I know they don’t call them that anymore, sorry) and read for two hours to some of the people there. I know, I know. I can hear you now. What if the person who picks the job is gross and not someone you would want in that home? Then, they can clean themselves up or not get their check that week. I don’t know, I get that there are details to work out, but isn’t it better than nothing?

I salute the author of “Urine, or You’re Out.” Minimally, she made me think about it.

Thanks RM for sending it to me.

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