According to the AP, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed a bill requiring welfare recipients to pass a urine drug screen to “ensure that welfare benefits are used for their intended purpose and not to subsidize drug use and criminal activity.”
This presents itself as a very tricky issue. As a libertarian, government sponsored welfare is against my principles. Then I think, ‘well, if it is going to exist, we better make it efficient’.
Then I woke back up to reality. NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT DOES IS EFFICIENT. I imagine in the long run we will probably spend much more money on urinalysis and court costs then we could ever hope to save. Not only that, but if the government determines you ‘need’ this money to survive, it should not be in the hands of the State to determine what substances you can afford to put in your body. What’s next? Food stamps only spent on low-calorie, organic foods? Or how about government assisted utility payments determined by your “carbon footprint” that some central planners would decree an arbitrary number that makes a certain amount of CO2 emissions deem you immoral.
The bottom line is that even though welfare is money stolen from the government, and inefficiently redistributed to those they deem “needy”. In this bill I see a potential three new government departments.
We MUST stop giving up our liberties! We must stop legislating unconstitutional powers!
To this law I say, the only urine a FED will get from me will be directed on his shoes.
PISS OFF, FEDS!