Much like the privatization schemes embedded in the privatization of departments within state agencies (see the notice for RFP 13-007 which appeared in Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger June 7, 2013 and June 14, 2013), the scheme to drug test needy Americans (TANF recipients) is little more than the use of the welfare-queen boogey man to transfer state funds to selected individuals (drug screening companies aka private contractors). The pseudo-tax-saving schemes* essentially transfer state revenue to individual contractors who can then make kick-backs to privatization advocates (favored legislators) via campaign contributions filtered through the likes of the Chamber of Commerce or the Club for Growth or the many other organizations which work covertly and overtly to make certain worker compensation is as low as possible.Why hire state employees through a State Personnel Board and run the risk of employing people who don’t contribute to your campaign and who you can’t fire for their political views or hair style while pretending that they are being fired for inadequate performance?
Of course, the inferred criminality of welfare recipients is much like the inferred criminality assigned to registered and potential registered voters which is the foundation for voter ID laws. It’s like stop-and-frisk applied state-wide. Defenders of such policies say things like if you’re a law abiding citizen then what’s the problem, if you’ve got nothing to hide? By that logic then why don’t we just let the government search our houses on the premise that we have nothing to hide and why not require us to show our tax returns before we register to vote since we’re law abiding citizens and have nothing to hide? Those of us who are law-abiding American citizens should have no problem with placing people through hoops as long as everyone does it no matter how intrusive or inconvenient the hoop, right? And what we required Luis W. Lebron to do is just fine, after all who among us who love America would have any problem with drug testing everybody who needs our help? Who is Luis W. Lebron you say? Luis W. Lebron is a Navy veteran and full-time student who had filed for public assistance. Mr. Lebron, who provided care for his disabled mother and was raising a young child as a single father, argued that it was unfair to require drug testing when no suspicion of drug abuse existed. Heck, conservatives, who claim to love those guys (military personnel) who sacrificed so much for us, say why shouldn’t he be drug tested just as long as everybody who is in need does the same thing. So it’s no surprise that Mississippi would follow Florida’s lead considering the recently passed voter ID law. Heck, in Mississippi they won’t even let you use your expired driver’s license to vote, you despicable likely illegal alien criminal you. Now you can’t get a “free” state-issued photo ID in Mississippi without a birth certificate. One only wonders what ID Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will allow you to use to get a birth certificate to get your “free” state issued photo ID, since if you had a photo ID you wouldn’t need a birth certificate to get a photo ID. This exclusionary legislation is a beautiful thing for the ignorantly self-righteous who imagine themselves immune to the damage of these barriers. Never mind that a birth certificate is not definitive evidence of American citizenship (Ask Ted Cruz.) No Mississippi has the appearance of a place where it’s common for citizens to show up at the train station to catch last week’s westbound bus out of town, on a day when all the trains are headed north.
*During the time that Florida’s law was in effect “about 2.6 percent of recipients tested positive for illegal drugs, mostly for marijuana, according to the court documents.
The failure rate was well below that of the general population. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found in a 2009 survey that about 8.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older had used illicit drugs in the previous month.” Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Struck Down By Federal Judge –
After a year, Florida had found 108 drug users—out of 4,086 people tested. The cost to the state came to nearly $46,000, an exponentially higher amount of money than Florida saved from the program. Utah’s drug test for welfare law, touted by conservatives as a money-saving measure, cost the state about $31,000—and caught a grand total of 12 users.- “Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Drug Tests for Welfare Law” – Slate