Apparently, FL Gov Rick Scott tried to justify the mandatory drug tests on welfare recipients by saying it helps the kids.
I love how the “job creators” think they know everything. Truly, it tickles my cortex. Prepare for my rant.
Hey, Rick Scott, you want to help the kids? Then it’s all about the follow through. Forcing druggies to shy away from welfare out of fear of being reported to DCF DOESN’T HELP THE KIDS. Take it from someone who PERSONALLY was raised (until age 12) by a drug-addict—the less money there is, the less money there is for the kids. If a drug addict has $500 and it costs $500 to feed the kids for a month and $500 to do drugs, trust me, those kids AREN’T EATING.
And what’s worse is that nobody will know it until a neighbor notices the lights haven’t turned on for two weeks. Hm… are they on vacation? Wait, is that candlelight coming from the bathroom window? Dear God, those poor children…. And they’ll probably leave it at that.
The sad truth is that it is socially taboo to call the cops on suspected bad parents. And if the neighbor won’t do it, you definitely can’t expect the family to stand up and care for those children. Mainly because if this is a serious drug-addict, they’ve already cut contact with most of the family due to their disapproval of the drug abuse. To the drug-addict, communicating with family becomes all about the drug abuse, and they simply don’t like to be reminded of what they are. I.E. Watch the crack addict ease her mind about being called a crack addict by promptly snatching some crack. Unfortunately, in a situation where the family is at odds with a drug-addict parent, people tend to forget the kids. I know this from experience.
Here is my suggestion: If Rick Scott really does want to help the children, he needs to hire on more part-time social workers to check up on the families on welfare. And I mean home visits. I NEVER saw my mom move faster than when DCF called to schedule a visit. The house would go from looking like a landfill (and all of us looking like homeless people) to the house smelling like Lysol and us looking like normal kids. I vividly remember the craziness that would happen the day before a DCF visit. My mom would actually call my family members and everyone would come over to clean up the house and the kids as well. I would thank God for those visits. I know -without a doubt- that following up, in person, with welfare recipients is the best way to get them on track.
And if people speak out “Oh, but that is totally disrespecting their privacy!” to you I say: they are public figures now. Once you get yourself on government/my taxes’ payroll (no matter if you’re a politician, a soldier, or government employee) you decidedly waive your right to privacy IN SO FAR as your reason for the paycheck goes. I demand to know what politicians, public workers, and soldiers are doing during working hours. That’s the whole point of transparency. And welfare recipients get themselves included on that list because they opted to receive government money. The only way they differ is that they don’t have to work any hours to get that money, so in return, they should make themselves available and open to the public’s right to know what they are doing to resolve their issues.
Even people on disability and Medicare have to go through many steps to keep receiving their benefits. I am definitely not arguing the point that Rick Scott made of holding welfare recipients accountable. I just think that it’s insulting, narrow-minded, ignorant, and ineffective to believe that mandatory drug tests will be enough. All welfare recipients should be on some type of rehabilitation course. Period.
That is what I truly recommend for an action-plan to clean up our broken families. Actual CARE, not just an iron fist. Gov Scott is just plain WRONG to think that forcing people to take a drug test will (in any way) help the children. We need to teach parents on welfare proper discipline (for themselves and the children!) if we want to see true empowerment of the lower class (all you smart alecs who say that the rich don’t want to see self empowerment of the lower class—shut it. Let my bleeding heart bleed!)
All in all…
Drug tests are like random and inconsistent discipline. Rebellious children only get more rebellious when mom or dad randomly lay down the law for all of their mistakes.
It takes reasonable and consistent rules and procedures to attain positive and lasting change. Period.
–Edited for clarity on May 5th, 9:00 pm