“It's the right thing for taxpayers, it’s the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don't want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs."(Ron Paul). The topic of drug testing people who are on welfare has been a huge debate topic among those in politics. However it shouldn’t just be a concern among politicians, it should be a concern to your common citizen. Those average people like you and me. Why you might ask? For starters, those average people just like us are the ones who pay for the welfare out of our pocket. So wouldn’t you want to make sure they’re using your money in the right way? Of course you would.
However, states already do a good job of ensuring no one gets a “free ride”. This was proven when Florida and Tennessee enacted drug testing for welfare. In Florida only percent of recipients tested positive. Which means the percentage of people using our money to “buy drugs” was less than 3 percent. In Tennessee only percent of applicants tested positive. Some people might still think the testing is worth it. However the actual testing cost each state around 2 billion dollars. That 2 million dollars was also our money the government used for welfare.
Ron Paul also spent 400 billion dollars of our tax money to spread the word about drug testing people on welfare in his campaign. Which was after two states (Florida and Tennessee) already tried drug testing people on welfare and found that it’s not worth it because on average only percent of people tested negative on welfare. So who’s really using our money in a negative way Rick Scot or the “poor”.
Most people also forget that those on welfare are also your average citizens, just like you. Meaning they also pay taxes just like we do. One of the requirements for welfare is that you must have a job, and when you have a job you pay taxes. They ultimately pay into the sys...