Welfare Irony

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

February 9, 2010

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Categories: Family

There is a facebook group going around that people can join called “make drug testing mandatory to get welfare benefits”. This pisses me off. To no end. A few of my friends joined. One, I wasn’t surprised at all because she has shaken her liberal tendencies from high school and embraced a fiscal conservative point of view once she entered college. Sure, I was disappointed I could no longer relate on many levels since her values changed, but she embraced her decision so there it goes.

But, someone else joined and that did surprise me. Granted, I don’t really know this person anymore, and we’ve gotten to know each other through facebook, and we all know what an empty network that can be. But, it surprised me nonetheless.

Making drug testing mandatory for poor people is just another way to spread the divide between the haves and the have nots. What one notices when studying these anamoloies is that people who are in support of that type of legislation are often quite lax when it comes to what corporations can do. This is ironic on many levels. One, the poor person and their welfare benefits often amount to much less than the waste and horrid things corporations do in the name of greed. Additionally, those folks who support that type of legislation embrace the idea that they can one day be the CEO of said corporation and if they were in those shoes they sure as hell wouldn’t want x, y, and z restrictions getting in their way.

So, the really odd thing about this is that both individuals have been closer to the poor person (from what I know of them now) than the fictional CEO of ABC Corporation. Yet, they, and many others like them, are willing to side with some idea of glory than perhaps their neighbor down the street who may or may not be abusing the system.

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