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When I was on prescription meds back in the day I used to have to take a piss test or else they’d stop giving them to me. When I got a summer job in college I had to take a piss test to screen me for drugs. It’s pretty standard, because you don’t have a right to these things, and the people offering you these things have a right to know whether or not they’re offering these things to drug addicts.
So one would assume that having some people who collect food stamps from Uncle Sam would also have to take a piss test to keep the free handouts coming. But apparently this is a bad thing according to our congressman here in Worcester, Jim McGovern:
Masslive: U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, condemned the Trump administration Thursday for reportedly considering a proposal that would allow states to drug test certain food stamp recipients — a policy which he called “insulting and unconscionable.” McGovern, who has dedicated much of his work in Washington to fighting hunger, said he thinks it’s an “awful idea” to require even some of those benefitting from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — known as food stamps — to pass drug tests, arguing that it promotes an inaccurate stereotype that most people on public assistance use drugs.
Wait….what? Ummmm…just read any of our food stamp Friday blogs. There’s absolutely nothing inaccurate about that stereotype whatsoever. We literally could write 10 blogs a day just from the local ratchets who are dumb enough to advertise it on Facebook:
And yes, many of them have the “disease.” Like this guy, who qualifies for stamps because his drug addiction is considered a disability:
Or this guy, who posts about how junkies should sell him their stamps for half price because they don’t need them anyway:
Food stamp buyers frequently pray on junkboxes because they know they’re most likely to sell their food stamps for cheap:
Of course the only way to know this is to actually understand the mentality of ratchets. Jim McGovern went to Worcester Academy. That doesn’t even count as growing up in Worcester. I went to the Worcester Public Schools. I grew up with ratchets. I know how they operate. Meanwhile, Jim McGovern is living in white prep boy fantasy world where everyone does what they’re supposed to do and no one sells their food stamps for crack.
That’s not to say that everyone on food stamps is a ratchet. On the contrary, most are responsible. And just as most responsible gun owners don’t mind completing a background check and jumping through some hoops to exercise their Second Amendment rights, why should these law abiding food stamp recipients mind doing a simple piss test to make sure we’re not handing them currency that they’ll exchange for more drugs?
Plus, no one’s got a gun to your head and is forcing you to do it. If you wanna get fucked and do drugs all the time, that’s cool. Just don’t think that we owe you shit as a result of that. Because we don’t. If you want free food stamps to support your family, I have no problem with the public safety net helping you out for a little while (not a lifestyle). Just understand that by doing so you have to meet certain conditions. That’s not demeaning, it’s just how life works.
The congressman added that if President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans want to advance such a policy, they too should be subject to drug screens.
“If the president wants to advocate for this, he ought to advocate that everyone in the White House gets drug tested. And if members of Congress wants to support this, they ought to advocate that every member ought to get drug tested,” he said in an interview. “This is ridiculous.”
Oh yea, that makes sense. Except Congress isn’t accepting a government handout. They collect paychecks for working (sometimes). Besides that it’s the exact same thing though.
Turns out he’s not even proposing this for many food stamp recipients:
According to the Associated Press, the Trump administration is looking into a plan that would let states drug test food stamp recipients who are able-bodied, don’t have dependents and are applying for some specialized jobs — like operating heavy machinery. An administration official told the AP that roughly 5 percent of SNAP participants could be affected by the proposed policy.
Five percent? That’s it? That’s what we’re whining about here? So the law abiding folks won’t be subject to this. Just the abled bodied folks with no kids who want to work in jobs where drug use can affect your performance and lead to death.
Here’s my question – why is any able bodied individual with no kids on food stamps to begin with? Food stamps are for single moms with kids and people who can’t walk. Under no circumstances should an able bodied person with no kids be on the government dole. Ever.
Uncle Jimmy has plenty of excuses for these people though:
The congressman offered that some able-bodied SNAP recipients aren’t working due to a variety of reasons, including: undiagnosed mental illnesses, a lack of jobs available, no access to training programs, or having recently aged out of foster care or returned from military service.
A lack of jobs?? The economy has never been healthier. Anyone can get a job right now. No access to training? We have that already – it’s called free public schooling. It includes vocational schools too. Either way, why is it society’s job to provide these things to you? Get your own damn job training and stop whining about it you lazy dregs.
McGovern added that some states that have implemented drug testing requirements for other programs, have faced challenges when it comes to covering the costs of those tests.
“I just find this whole approach that the administration is advancing objectionable. I find it insulting, I find it just unconscionable,” he said, arguing that the average SNAP benefit is $1.40 per person, per meal. “The idea that they’re playing politics with a food and nutrition program, really is a new low.“
Oh look, Uncle Jimmy is pretending to care about the government spending money. That’s a good one. Either way, the costs justify the means. If we find 5,000 people who don’t get food stamps anymore because they’r junkies, the savings will far outweigh the costs of piss testing. Problem solved.
“The idea that what they’re proposing is not to try and get people help; what they’re proposing is a way to punish people and they want to punish people by taking away a food benefit — I don’t quite get this approach. It’s just mean spirited,” he said. “They would have you believe that everybody on SNAP somehow is using drugs, that’s just not the case. That’s just not factually true. It’s just a smear to create an impression that will make it more likely that they’ll be able to cut the program.”
Now replace “SNAP” and “food benefits” with “guns.”
McGovern, who stressed that he views food as a “fundamental right for every single person in this country,” said he’s committed to fighting the administration’s proposal and ensuring Americans have the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.
Actually, the right to bear arms is a right. The right to free food isn’t. But I’m impressed with the never ending list of things that Uncle Jimmy and his ilk have determined are taxpayer funded rights.
Newsflash – rights are free. Free speech, free assembly, and free religion don’t cost us anything. Food does. Therefore it’s not a right. Don’t get me wrong, you have a right to eat food. You also have a responsibility for paying for said food. And if you can’t afford to pay for food, we’ll help you out. You just have to prove to us that you’re not a junkie. Crazy, right?
Oh, and if he’s so concerned with uplifting people from poverty, then why are some people allowed to perpetually be on stamps? It’s almost as if this is some sort of voter base that Uncle Jimmy is courting.