The number of people on welfare is staggering to say the least, with more people applying every single day. However, at the beginning of this year in North Carolina, thousands of welfare applicants were screened for drug use. The results are unbelievable!
During the drug screening, 89 people were selected and 21 tested positive for drugs. This resulted in the individuals being barred from the welfare program and made to pay the $55 testing fee. This isn’t even counting the 70 applicants who didn’t even bother showing up (maybe even because of drug use) and did not get benefits.
Because of this, all those in North Carolina seeking to get on welfare and use the Work First program have to be tested for drug use. This requirement has, unfortunately, yet to be issued across other U.S. welfare programs.
The Work First program is one that helps low-income families and focuses more on children and their necessary care. Adults who apply must meet the work participation requirements of the program.
Although some claim testing is a waste of money (let’s just say it: liberals), many disagree. This testing, as it should, takes drug users out of the running for welfare. Welfare should be used as a last resort and not as a way to support a drug habit. Taxpayers should not have to support the addictions of those trying their hardest not to work.
When money is tight, you sacrifice some luxuries that you want but don’t necessarily need, such as television. The same thought process should be given to people who take drugs because despite what those people may believe, drugs are not a necessity.
If someone really can’t make it on their own and wants to be on welfare, fine. Just get clean first—it’s that simple. Maybe the reason someone in that situation can’t get by anyway is because he or she is spending everything on drugs instead of things like…well, food.
Other states should follow North Carolina’s example and go even further to implement contingencies for people on welfare, such as proof of having applied for jobs, making an effort to join the workforce again, and not abusing welfare.
Too many people in this country make it their priority to sit on the backs of hard working Americans and demand what is “owed” to them. Well, if you’re not earning the money yourself, it’s not owed to you. And it’s possible that we would have a great reduction of welfare recipients without illegals in this country taking all available jobs and not paying taxes.