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Drug-testing of welfare
applicants violates Constitution

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Jay Bookman

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Posted By:Ribicon, 2/26/2013 2:56:55 PM

Today, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously to bar the state of Florida from forcing welfare applicants to undergo drug testing. As the judges found: “… the State failed to offer any factual support or to present any empirical evidence of a “concrete danger” of illegal drug use within Florida’s TANF population. The evidence in this record does not suggest that the population of TANF recipients engages in illegal drug use or that they misappropriate government funds for drugs at the expense of their own and their children’s basic subsistence. The State has presented

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Liberal pretzel logic on display.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GOPinTN, 2/26/2013 3:12:19 PM     (No. 9197528)

Ok, AJC please show us where in the constitution it stipulates that the Federal Government shall or may be responsible for welfare in the first place. I´m pretty sure the Bill of Rights has 10 amendments, not just nine. It is time for us to throw the New Deal under the bus, and returned to the intent of the founding fathers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 2/26/2013 3:13:42 PM     (No. 9197532)

This talk of "a cruel desire to bash and denigrate the poor" is a bunch of hooey, but that last sentence kinda makes sense. If we´re so concerned about the wise use of tax dollars, why don´t we drug test any and all entities that receive public funds?

And even if we did do that, what part of the Constitution could be cited as support for such a requirement?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BreakRight, 2/26/2013 3:20:20 PM     (No. 9197544)

Twisted logic: you can´t prove it, and furthermore, we won´t allow you to prove it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 2/26/2013 3:23:47 PM     (No. 9197553)

So does welfare...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bkt23, 2/26/2013 3:25:29 PM     (No. 9197555)

Yes, I agree. Nowhere in the constitution is the government chartered with monitoring what we ingest and punishing us for ingesting things it might not approve of. The War On Drugs is itself unconstitutional. (At least with alcohol prohibition, the gov´t back then realized it needed the legal authority to ban a substance. The gov´t doesn´t bother with such petty nonsense anymore.)

It also bears mentioning welfare itself is unconstitutional. Nowhere is the government authorized to tax some citizens to give to other citizens.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Bevan, 2/26/2013 3:29:50 PM     (No. 9197560)

So, I had to take a drug test to get hired and I am subject to random testing keep it.
What a world

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dante, 2/26/2013 3:31:15 PM     (No. 9197564)

So it´s legal for employers to drug test employees without cause, but illegal for government to do the same to eliminate the irresponsible parasites.

What a country.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Feebie, 2/26/2013 3:56:09 PM     (No. 9197593)

"Welfare" is unconsitutional.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/26/2013 4:05:41 PM     (No. 9197605)

I actually agree with this ruling ...It´s the poster child for unreasonable search and seizure - Same goes for drug testing students or a cop swabbing you for a traffic stop. Whether the govt should be issuing welfare checks and to whom is a different story

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Reply 10 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/26/2013 4:13:26 PM     (No. 9197623)

Meanwhile the state of Florida is charging a man with a felony for letting go of a helium balloon. There is something deeply sick about our culture today.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: miceal, 2/26/2013 4:20:19 PM     (No. 9197634)

And yet it´s OK as a condition of employment and required by military members. Something is rotton in the 11th circus court.....

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/26/2013 4:25:30 PM     (No. 9197638)

The judges might be on to something. Maybe they should be tested for hair weaves, fake fingernails, tattoos and air jordan shoes.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: toddh, 2/26/2013 11:45:13 PM     (No. 9198192)

It´s going to be really funny when President Bloomberg mandates caffeine, tobacco, and chocolate testing before you can get a tax refund.

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