I get a lot of forwarded rants about how the country is going to hell in a handbasket and how I should "forward this email", yada, yada, yada.
Most of the time, what they consider the deterioration of our country I consider progress so I just ignore them. But today I got one that made me scratch my head and go "Hmmmm?" Here it is:
"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 don't have to pass a urine test. Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
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 sitting on their ASS, doing drugs, while I work. . . Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?
Pass this along if you agree or simply delete if you don't. Hope you all will pass it along, though . . . Something has to change in this country -- and soon!"
Okay, rhetoric and hyperbole aside, the core idea ain't all that bad.
I'm not saying that we just slam the door on anyone who can't pass a urine test. But I don't think it would be unreasonable to make it a condition that anyone who failed a urine test must be enrolled in a treatment program in order to receive assistance. I'm even OK with tax dollars paying for the treatment program. If they failed to complete the treatment program sucessfully, then assistance could be substantially reduced or eliminated.
What do you think? Did I just lose my bleeding heart liberal street cred?
Or is this a reasonable idea to help people get on their feet and stay there?