Like This Comment if We Should Drug Test the Poor!

I am now going to screed against some things I saw on Facebook just now.

First, screw Mitt Romney, his wife, Donald Trump and all the racist, dumb fucks who insist that a man with an unusual name and a dark face show his birth certificate but refuse to release his taxes. Almost any of the things that Romney has said in this campaign season has been straight lies that a three second Google search will prove undeniably false. THIS IS MY RESPONSE TO ALL ROMNEY LIKES, PEOPLE.

And Paul Ryan liking Rage Against the Machine means he is as dumb as he is misogynistic, homophobic and heartless.

Now the thing that I titled the post with. It had 226, 824 likes when I saw it. “Do you think Welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test?” I am annoyed by this picture. First of all, the state of Florida recently started a program just like that. You know what it did? Wasted taxpayer dollars that could have been better served helping more people. We are so willing in this country to assume the worst in people. Don’t give a hobo a dollar, he’ll just spend it on booze.** Judge the person who has food stamps and dares to buy alcohol.: he wouldn’t be poor if he didn’t waste his money on useless things. Make sure that if the state is picking up the tab on someone’s health care they are UNDER CAREFUL SUPERVISION.

Let’s do a thought experiment. Change “welfare”* to “have a driver’s licence” or “receive student loans” or “get farm subsidies.” These are all things that cost us as taxpayers money, and are a service that the government provides.  If you have a driver’s licence, how dare you buy alcohol? If you take student loans, you have to pee in a cup or lose your aid. How quickly would farmers, parents, teachers, students and everyone who drives anywhere throw a hissy fit? “You have no reason to assume that I am a drug addict just because I have a driver’s licence. In this country, we are innocent until proven guilty!”

And this is what the “make the welfare recipients piss in a cup” is doing. We assume that the poor are guilty for no other reason than they are poor. It can’t be that they are in need of assistance because their job has no benefits, or that they don’t get scheduled enough hours and the hourly pay is barely enough to pay for snacks. It has to be because they haven’t worked hard enough, or there is some type of defect to them as people. Of course, everyone can come up with an example of people who are on welfare who didn’t want to work, were gaming the system, and are also alcoholics so severe that THE GODS THEMSELVES MARVEL AT THEIR BOOZE INTAKE. But every time you take something away, or create hoops they have to jump through because of the people who abuse it you harm the people who need it. And they are much more plentiful than the fakes.


About wombatdeamor
I am a writer who has yet to be published. I am using this blog to shame myself into writing more regularly, in the hopes that I will be able to improve the "About Yourself" box to something less awkward. I also like to cook and use profanity.

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