Rich James missed the point of requiring welfare recipients to be tested for illegal drug use to continue receiving benefits.
He openly acknowledges drug users choose to purchase illegal drugs when they receive welfare checks.
When I receive my paycheck, I pay for shelter, food and transportation. It would be nice if I could simply take that money and use it for illegal recreational purposes. But I would end up with no shelter, food or transportation.
I earned a paycheck and was required by my employer, the provider of those funds, to meet certain terms. Would it be inhumane for my employer to cease to provide me with a paycheck if I chose to ignore those terms?
As a taxpayer providing welfare funds, I have no problem asking the recipients to remain free from illegal drugs as a condition of compensation.
Those who choose not to meet reasonable requirements should not receive compensation.
- Kimberly Jones Cosman, Schererville