June 28, 2012

Who Is Profiting from Testing Welfare Recipients?

$hit Rolls Downhill

For over a year now, I’ve been listening to cheers of passionate support for drug testing welfare recipients.

Among the arguments are:

1. If we have to get drug tested to work, then they should get drug tested to get our tax money! 

Unless you’re presenting a problem at work for drug use, I don’t think you should be drug tested either. Did the welfare recipients impose a drug test on you? No, they did not. Why don’t you take your anger out on the people who did?

2. If they have money to waste on drugs, then they don’t need our money for food!

First of all, the implication that a large number of welfare recipients are drug addicts is not only unfair, but also untrue.

Since Florida imposed this law last year, only 2.6 percent of the people failed and most of them tested positive for marijuana.

As for those who have true drug problems…why do you think they call them “problems”? Making them destitute will not help.

If addicted lab monkeys starve themselves to death because they prefer cocaine to food, do you think that welfare drug testing will heal them of their addictions? If it was rational, they wouldn’t be addicted.


What I find most disturbing is that most of the people who are cheering for welfare testing couldn’t care less if any of these people get better. They feel so beaten down by a grossly unfair system that they want to lash out and they want someone to blame, and the people who are actually responsible continue to point them in the direction of the poor.

The welfare system and the people on it are greatly misrepresented. In fact, many of the people who collect public assistance are the working poor. They work hard for little pay and even less respect, yet they don’t make a decent living wage. There are people getting rich off of them and off of most of us in the crooked game they’ve constructed. They deserve the blame, not the poor.

3. Drug testing welfare recipients will save money.

So far, Florida has a net loss of $45,780 and it is widely agreed that it will only get worse. Not only aren’t we saving money, but we are actually wasting money while leaving people needy.

Do you know who is profiting?


The drug screening companies who got this sweet deal at our expense because…well, because $hit rolls down hill.

Do you know how Governor Rick Scott whose executive order created this law has made his fortune? In the medical industry, including defrauding Medicare to the tune of $1.7 billion dollars while CEO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare! Of course, with enough money and power, his thievery was not only excused, but he was given a $9.9 million severance package, $300 million in stock and a five year consulting contract just before the settlement. And now he is the governor of Florida.

But that’s not the best part!

Gov. Rick Scott owns Solantic, a lucrative health care company that conducts drug testing!

Is this picture becoming a little clearer now?

Though he did divest himself of interest in the company in January, he transferred the controlling share to a trust in his wife’s name. Amazing that’s legal, but that’s why people like Rick Scott want to run government.

How do those pom poms feel now? Are they getting heavy yet?


Regardless of what your emotional reaction might be, the inescapable truth is that this additional war on the impoverished is not helping your wallet one tiny bit.

In fact, Gov Rick Scott used people’s anger to steal more money from tax payers while playing the hero.

I agree that there is far too much waste and I heartily agree that people benefit most from the pride of work and achievement, but further dehumanizing them and wasting money to do it isn’t helping anyone except the charlatans who steal from you while blaming it on the poor. And if you really want to improve your bottom line, then stop looking where these crooks are pointing and start looking at them!

I can understand why people are frustrated, but I cannot, will not ever understand how anyone can celebrate the likes of Rick Scott as he robs us of hard earned money and amasses more wealth than most hard working people will ever know while at the same time demonizing the underprivileged.

“What you do unto the least of my brethren, you do unto me…” ~ The Big JC  (Mathew 25:40)



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