Legislation for Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients

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It seems someone realizes the voters are watching the 2012 South Dakota Legislative session.

The Rapid City Journal reports South Dakota Rep. Mark Kirkeby (R-Dist. 35) intends to submit another bill this session to authorize drug testing of welfare recipients who are believed to be using drugs, and subsequently cut off welfare checks if they are confirmed to be using drugs.

Though bleeding-heart liberals are already whining about how “inhumane” it would be to cut off taxpayer subsidization of recreational drug use, this a real “Duh!” bill.

If a welfare recipient (who is receiving the fruits of another person’s labor without that other person’s consent) is spending money to buy and use drugs, then the taxpayer’s hard-earned money is being used to pay for drugs.  If the welfare recipient has money to spend on drugs, then they could have spent that money on food or other essential items instead of confiscating it from a producing taxpayer.  If the taxpayer is providing food and other essentials that the welfare recipient does not otherwise have to buy with money they already have, then the taxpayer’s assistance is making it possible for the welfare recipient to buy more drugs than they would otherwise be able to purchase. No matter how you look at it, government is forcing the taxpayer to subsidize recreation drug use. (Geepers, I don’ t believe I even have to explain this!)

Bleeding-heart, empty-headed liberals also like to whine about supposedly punishing children for the behavior of their parents.  No, drug-using parents are harming their own children through their own criminal and irresponsible actions; don’t blame the taxpayer or lawmakers for the wrongs of a lawbreaker who cares more about getting high than about their own children.

Further, if a welfare recipient is using recreational drugs, is that really a good environment for a child?  Do we really want children to live in a home where they may be witnessing their parent, their role model, breaking the law and using recreational drugs?  Do we really want children to live in a home where the parent(s)–who are responsible for the care and safety of their children–are intoxicated and likely unable to make responsible decisions about the care of their children? (Again, I am astonished that I even need to explain this!)

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Why am I compelled to explain such “Duh!” realities? Last year, even with a large Republican majority, the South Dakota House failed to pass this common sense legislation.

What in the world happened to the Republican Party that once stood for the taxpayer’s interest?



What in the world happened to the Republican Party that once stood for protecting families?

What in the world happened to the Republican Party that once stood for maintaining law and order?

What in the world happened to the Republican Party that once stood for personal responsibility?

Can Republicans manage to find it within themselves–with the voters watching more closely than ever–to act like Republicans in 2012?

Time will tell…and so will the voters (and potential primary challengers) if they don’t.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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