Should welfare recipients be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing?
Comment: I feel this is a great idea. Since we all pay into the welfare system, we should all have a say on what is required for the recipients. Recipients should be law abiding citizens who really need the help. by Geraldine
Comment: It's surprising that welfare recipients "qualify" for assistance yet many seem to have money for tattoos.
Comment: It's not fair for those who really need the assistance and can't get it because of people who abuse the system. by jessica
Comment: I have to be drug tested randomly through out the year as a truck driver to receive my paychecks, so should someone else who is getting my money !!! by Wayne
Comment: Becasue of my work, I am drug tested regularly. I cant say that it is biased, racist, etc. Just the fact if I use illegal substances or am drunk, I dont have a job. How anybody can feel that should not cross over to anybody recieving assistance is beyond me. I was on un-employment for over a year mysef, and if would have needed to fill a jar I would have without concern. If there are those that use assistance for drugs and alcohol...they should be denied. by Eric
Comment: If I have to take a drug test for work they should to nothing is free
Comment: I dont believe in welfare, unless you are willing to look for a job and not spend welfare money on alcohol or drugs. by Virginia
Comment: They should lots of abuise to the system by Rosemary
Comment: finally. should be done for housing, utility assistance too. by robert
Comment: I totally agree with this move. In fact that congressman that wanted Perry to take a Drug test? Is he crazy? So if he does get a governor's house, So does the President- He gets a house as well you want him to take Drug tests as well? by Johnny
Comment: Taking other people's money should involve survival, not partying and drug use. by Bob
Comment: If the people who work to pay for welfare are required to take a drug test for their job, it is only fair that welfare recipients have to take one as well. by angela
Comment: They should also be denied welfare if they can afford tatto's. They can afford the luxeries because we taxpayers are supporting them for food, etc. They need to cut out the junk like the rest of us and learn to work and save. I'm a retired recruiter and there are jobs. They can stay home and get welfare and not have to work for it. It's time to change this, now. They should also be limited as to how many children they can claim on taxes or increase their taxes over a certain number of children. by Mildred
Comment: The drug test yes I agree . But the alcohol test no. Because the majority of people drink occasionally. by Diane
Comment: Most certainly. If a person is getting the funds they should undergo the testing. I know many people that are able to work but spend their money on tatoos,drugs, and alcohol. by Lynn
Comment: It's commom knowledge that food stamps are sold to buy drugs. by Joyce
Comment: Yes, if they can afford to buy drugs & alcohol they can pay their own bills and why should the working class people be tested & not them ? by Gloria
Comment: that way IF they are even looking for a job they will/should be clean anyways. IF not they will just continue to wait by the mailbox for their check while smoking a blount and just being a drain on society by Mr
Comment: We who work have to get drug tested so why not welfare recipients. by C.
Comment: Of course, if we need to take drug and background testing to apply for a new job then so do the welfare recipients by Elizabeth
Comment: Mexico would run us over in a hear beat. by L
Comment: Their economy could collapse in a matter of months. Texas could lose all the American- based airlines and headquarters there, mainly American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. There goes thousands of jobs, and now Texas has thousands of unemployed people trying to find new work, or trying to get a green card to move into the Union. Then, as far as Defense Contractors go, most of them that the Union uses prefer to stay in the U.S. for tax purposes. Texas isn't part of the U.S. due to them seceding, there goes thousands of jobs again, and more unemployed people, or people wanting to move. Then with unemployment, comes hard time, depression, people can't pay their bills, crime rate spikes, then sooner or later you will have rioting on your hands. Any state that leaves the Union will most likely fall apart with-in the year. Now for another item that allows Texas some revenue, Tourism. Now people will have to get pass-ports to visit relatives, go for a vacation, etc. If Texas stays a United State, then I wouldn't mind going there again. If I have to get a Passport to visit, then no. There goes more money. With the tourism comes into the fact of sports, both collegiate and professional. That's possibly millions of dollars lost right there, because hey, Texas isn't a state anymore, why should their teams play against ours or vice-versa. That is all I'll say for now. by Gary
Comment: Cost should outweigh the benifits. All states that have experimented with this have proven it doesn't. Just because you are using the system doesn't mean you are abusing the system. If you know someone who is turn them in by M
Comment: Good luck keeping up things like hospitals. The US should just rent Texas out to China. 4 yr lease by M
Comment: No! The majority "billions" of Texas residents would be DIVIDED FROM THE "UNITED" & WILL NOT KNEEL to Gov. Rick Perry, whoes "pride" was wounded & wants to "run-away" and Isolate himself. Texans don't want to isolate ourselves from the rest of the USA! Texans like being part of the "UNITED" STATES OF AMERICA. The majority of the Billions of Texans would rather get rid of our Governor than seperate from the USA! by Graciela
Comment: what adults put in their own bodies is their human right to do by joe
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