Having solved the problems of
Georgia’s banking crisis, The train-wreck that is T-SPLOST, Removing Georgia from the bottom rung of edcation rankings, passing a resolution honoring whichever beauty queen or Georgia based musician that had time for a Capitol tour, both the Georgia House and Senate have passed bills requiring recipients of some forms of welfare to pass drug tests in order to receive benefits.
Both involved lengthy debates and party-line votes. Republicans said they would save taxpayer money and protect drug users from themselves. Democrats described the requirements as burdensome for people who are already poor.
Sen. George Hooks, D-Americus, noted that in the 63 miles between Americus and Eufaula, Ala., there are five state welfare offices but only one doctor and no drug stores. How far will they have to travel to get tested, he asked.
“Isn’t it true that this measure will put an undo burden on the struggling people of this state?” asked Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah.
The Senate sponsor, Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, disagreed.
“True compassion is doing what’s best for people, not what’s easiest,” he said.
Legislators declined to extend the priviledge of urine tests to their own service. After all, the tough love they elequently spoke of during the debate only applies to the faceless masses they will never see, not to the actual peers they see every day who may benefit from the tough life lessons they say food stamp recipients need to learn.
If they wanted to get ahead of the curve, they should have included restrictions on lottery winners from receiving food stamps. It appears Michigan has not one, but two winners of $1 Million plus lottery jackpots who continued to collect food stamps because “they were not working”.