Texas to Allow Discrimination in Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

perryTexas is set to join other states by requiring applicants for welfare, or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) as it’s now called in Texas, to pass a drug test before receiving any benefits.

Not overly shocking.  It’s Texas, I live here—I’m just shocked it’s taken this long.   Besides, other states have done it, and even many liberals agree with the requirement.

But that’s not the real problem.  The problem is that not all applicants will be required to take the drug test.

What all applicants for TANF will be required to do is go through is a screening, at which time the interviewer will determine whether or not the applicant should be subjected to a drug test.

Yes, you’ve read this correctly, Texas is set to pass a law that mandates drug screening based on discrimination.

It puts the determination of whether or not to require a drug test for each applicant in the hands of someone who’s basing it on their own personal opinion.

Are you kidding?  Either require the test for everybody or nobody.  What idiot felt that only “some” should be tested?  It almost seems as if some Texas lawmakers are actually hoping for discrimination against some—is that why they didn’t require drug testing for all applicants?

What if the interviewer has a bias against overweight people, Latinos, blacks, women, men…you get the picture.  Don’t you think that prejudice would lead them to require a test more often against those of which they discriminate against?

And what exactly does someone who does drugs look like?  I never knew people who did drugs looked a certain way.

What questions do you ask?  “Do you do drugs?”  Who the hell would say yes?

This is the most idiotic thing I’ve heard of in quite some time.  You push for a somewhat controversial requirement of passing a drug test before receiving welfare, something that has actually proven to cost taxpayers more than what they save, then you make it even more controversial by only requiring some applicants to be tested.

It’s as if Texas legislators are begging for lawsuits.  Then we can break down just how much it will cost Texas taxpayers to defend the state against claims of discrimination.

With a stipulation this foolish, one has to wonder…

Should we drug test the legislators who think this is a good idea?  Because they must be smoking something.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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