Drug testing for welfare
Will Drug Testing Help the Welfare System?
There are many pros and cons regarding drug testing welfare recipients before they are able to receive financial benefits. My paper will give a short description of what welfare is and when the first testing program was introduced. I will give reasons why some people believe it is a violation of their rights, how testing is not fail proof, and how the cost will be greater than the benefit. I will give the opposing sides arguments from those that are in favor of drug testing and believe it will benefit the welfare system, help the children and the parents if they are using drugs, and also save the taxpayers money. Government leaders and most of the general public are looking at it from a financial point of view while welfare recipients are viewing it from a constitutional point of view. It is a double edged sword because it is the governmental court system and the judges that are not backing the drug testing idea because of the 4th Amendment.
What is Welfare?
Welfare is a public assistance program designed to help people who are not able to support themselves fully. The online site Welfare Information states that Welfare encompasses those government programs that provide benefits and economic assistance to no or low income individuals. It can also be defined as financial assistance to impoverished individuals which is supplied through the taxes paid by the working class. Improving the quality of life and living standards for the poor and underprivileged is one of the main goals of welfare (Welfare Information). When a person is not receiving an income, or only has low earnings, they may be eligible for welfare benefits that will help meet a satisfactory standard of living by providing a minimum amount of financial assistance. These benefits are provided from the income of the working class people through the social security taxes that are deducted from their paychecks (Welfare...