Testing Poor For Drugs Won’t Solve The Problem Of Poverty
While searching for causes of poverty, many experts tend to blame the poor for their moral wrongdoings which is incorrect as these experts conveniently ignore flaws in the structuring of social and financial policies of the government. This thinking gets reflected in the recently announced random drug testing of beneficiaries of state welfare programs such as food stamps, which guarantees nutritional assistance to the poor in the state of Georgia. In fact, proponents of the bill being pushed in the state assembly, if they had their way, would even ask the beneficiaries to pay for their own drug testing.
Agreed that most taxpayers would not like to see their money being used for drug abuse, but to ensure there is no false use of this money, random drug testing of the poor makes no sense. If one looks at government assistance and the profiles of those receiving benefits from the government, it becomes clear that both poor and rich receive assistance from the government. Then subjecting only people receiving food assistance and unemployment benefits is something that does not go down well with a majority of the population. Therefore, where to draw the line is something that authorities and lawmakers may have to think before embarking on ambitious random drug testing.
Can government push through a legislation asking urine testing of those asking for a reduction in mortgage rates or ask students applying for scholarships to pass random drug test? Does the government have enough guts to ask a senior couple to undergo drug test before they are given their social security benefits?
The population in US is wealthy and it is true that government cannot see starving kids, irrespective of what their parents are injecting into their bodies. At the same time, use of marijuana, which does not have withdrawal symptoms and has easy marijuana detox period, is enough to withhold state benefits to a person than the use of alcohol and tobacco, both of which are hard to give up.