Thursday, September 29, 2011

Florida Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Costing More Than Planned

This piece caught all the rage on StumbleUpon, and almost went viral, just a short while back. Sometimes, I guess people just need to see someone standing up, and her them speak truth to power. I hope you enjoy it, too.
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COMMENTARY | So convoluted and ridiculous is America's war on drugs that the governor of Florida has been able to convince state representatives to pass a law requiring welfare recipients to first be tested for illegal drug usage to get benefits. Wouldn't you know it, the inevitable court battles are already promising to cost Florida a huge pile of cash. So, how was this idea supposed to be a money-saving measure?

Before readers assume this lawsuit was brought about by some bum or dirty hippie on welfare, the plaintiff is a 35-year-old, attending college and a single parent who is also taking care of his disabled mother. His name is Luis Lebron and not only is he working on bettering his own life, he's one of those noble veterans that conservative types always insist we all show respect for. After being laid off from his job, he simply found himself needing help like so many others.

Think it's just Florida's liberal ACLU working against the illogical, discriminatory law requiring welfare recipients to submit to unreasonable search and seizure? It's not. There's this other little point I like to call "reality." Thus far, the Florida drug testing requirement has yielded only a 2 percent positive test result. That means two things for Florida residents:...go here for the rest.