Let’s remember that in 2003, the Supreme Court told Michigan that this was unconstitutional. Why are they trying it again?
According to the ACLU (2008):
· Random drug testing of welfare recipients is scientifically and medically unsound; welfare recipients are no more likely to use drugs than the rest of the population.
· Science and medical experts overwhelmingly oppose the drug testing of welfare recipients. They recommended that resources be allocated towards better training for government workers to detect signs of substance abuse and mental disorders, as well as to greater assistance and treatment to those who need help.
· Random drug testing of welfare recipients is fiscally irresponsible: Drug testing is expensive.
Why don’t we hear about drug testing for corporate welfare? According to Citizens for Tax Justice (2011), “thirty corporations paid less than nothing in aggregate federal income taxes over the entire 2008-10 period. These companies, whose pretax U.S. profits totaled $160 billion over the three years, included: Pepco, General Electric, DuPont, Verizon, Boeing, Wells Fargo, and Honeywell.” If corporations are people, I’ll believe it when they start drug testing them and executing them.
The NASW Code of Ethics states that “social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully” (Section 6.04a). If you would like to speak out against this issue act now:
Allan Wachendorfer, BSW Candidate – Eastern Michigan University