WELFARE AND FOODSTAMP REFORM 2011


I think the law being proposed in Kentucky by lawmaker Rep. Lonnie Napier (R), as reported @Kentucky.com, by J. Brammer of the Lexington Herald, {Kentucky lawmaker wants random drug testing for welfare recipients Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/01/17/1600950/kentucky-lawmaker-wants-random.html#storylink=misearch#ixzz1C6UzSY5R} is a fantastic and effective law to fight drugs and to save families from just being in a stagnant unproductive circle. I think that making parents responsible while receiving welfare and other government  funds because they should made to follow the laws for the simple fact they can’t support themselves and dependents on their own like other people do.

If you can’t buy alcohol, beer, cigarettes, or any other non-food items with food stamps why should you be able to enjoy other privileged items like people who aren’t on government assistance does? I feel even though drugs are illegal they are a “privilege” and yes if caught with them or under the influence any person should be prosecuted. With that said what someone does with their hard earned money is their prerogative, but their money shouldn’t go towards others who don’t work (for whatever reason and excuse) and allow them to indulge in the same privileges.

I think that if parents were actually being responsible for their children then they wouldn’t want drugs to be in any vicinity of their children. I believe this move will help people become more viable to the working force as well, because one of the biggest issues that negatively affect allot of lower income job seekers is they can’t pass the urine test. This would allow them to get themselves together so they can realize drugs are now going to not only keep them from making legal money it is also going to keep them from getting the scraps they learn to settle for from the government. This is a responsibility gaining opportunity that a lot of people won’t have a choice but to make positive changes to the way they live their lives, that will prove to be for the better. I think this type of law can also be used to make more single family homes stronger and help break that cycle of ignorance and laziness, most people in those predicaments seem to accept.  Parent’s need to realize the first impressions and mannerisms children learn and emulate are theirs. When drugs are represented in their lives, especially early as in toddlers and adolescent ages, drugs will leave a pivotal impression that can make drugs and the negative life experiences which accompany them, an acceptable way of life. Those negative implications and derogatory stereotypes and culture views can stain them for life. These issues and problems tend to follow so many people for whole family generations and help mold them and sustain them in a low income and poor outlook on life bloodline. Often whatever positive that comes from these negative situations usual are spawned from life changing and shocking worse comes to worse situations, that scare some people straight.

In a more important state of affairs drugs should never be allowed to be in the home of the  custodial parents’ home.  I believe this must be taken seriously and should be enforced with strong discipline and consequential methods. Custodial parent’s getting child support benefits which are being mandated, monitored, enforced  and distributed by state and federal governments should make sure they are representing a legal and responsible party in the child’s life. The courts are saying the custodial parent is the most responsible parent for the child and his/her home is the safest and most nuturing place for a child is to live. This isn’t possible if drug use is present in the home because it is “ILLEGAL” first of all, and it also fosters a potentially dangerous and risky housing situation for the child. In the case where the mother fails the drug test then if the father is in a position where he can take care of the child he should be given that opportunity, the child support should be ceased for at least a 3- 6 month time giving the mother time to complete a drug abuse counseling program.  With the custodial parent being automatically placed in this position, then a drug free enviroment is paramount and should all ways be expected from the custodial parent and enforced by the government. Especially in the circumstances if a mother is living in any type of public housing, or in housing provided by federal programs ie HUD, HABITAT, SECTION-8, etc, receiving food stamps, or getting medicare benefits of any type.  It is the governments responsibilty to make sure they are taking care of these children and looking after them because they are placing children in these homes and judging them to be legally fit. I also believe that this law should extended to foster parents and those who recieve any foster care monies temporary or permanently. Adoptive parents should also be drug screened as well as day cares, and any other childcare provider that accepts government funds no matter what types of funds those are!

Law abiding citizens and lawmakers, have to realize that if drugs can’t be purchased with funds from the government, directly or indirectly through the illegal sale of their government benefits like selling food stamps, medicines, identity fraud for medical services etc…  then drug dealers will have to reform and scout different places and environments to sell their product. In the government housing  projects, and other urban ghettos these new ways of crime and drug prevention can make those places a  better place to live. Along with this program they need to provide fee based counseling for those who violate the no drug laws and rules. Family counseling should be provided, at a fee which could be worked off in community service, so the children can know how drugs directly have negatively effected their home, and they can be placed in the parents rehabilitation process as a direct derivative to drug use.  These actions are the only way some people are going to give up those practices and trivial abuses of their lives and illegal activities. If people want to get high then they should get a job and get their own shelter and then when they are pulling their own weight they can dictate what they can do with their own funds in their own homes. Welfare isn’t for everyone in America, those that work and suffer and survive everyday without taking advantage of the system deserve to buy whatever they want, with their money, even if it is illegal because that is what the justice system is there for.  But if you aren’t earning a decent days wage because you choose not too, and sit around and scheme and lie to get ahead in life then there should be limits placed on just what you can do with what you get.

Urine testing can lead the way to new and better employment opportunity, because now the benefit for not working and getting a welfare check has just gotten smaller, along with this law they need to add an amendment to make food stamp purchases follow a healthy guideline and formula. People can’t continue just fill their  shopping baskets with junk food and processed goods that are killing them and their children, which create a bigger problem hypnotizing and handcuffing children to a life that will involve these horrible practices and eating behaviors. This is a type of abuse that is irresponsible and costing regular everyday working people more at the grocery store because the amount of food they buy on the governments tab allows the food providers to hike up the price because the demand really isn’t being factored correctly. Someone using food stamps are at a better position when it comes to buying power in the marketplace because they don’t have to make choices based on the price charts like normal people do. It is also a major benefactor promoting to the decline in children health and youth obesity, including diabetes and high blood pressure. The basic and small change to just what is available to purchase using food stamps can change children and adult medicare costs in the billions over a few years, more than paying for the drug testing, enforcement, and counseling costs all by itself.  The families diet is so important, because those welfare and food stamp recipients are killing the health care system in cases that deal with preventative disease treatments,  medications, and surgeries in America.

Enacting laws requiring urine and blood testing  to people that receive federal, and state benefits, aligned with strong and strict  enforcement and consequences supported by family counseling, custodial responsibility revocation, civil service as punishment, and in the most extreme situations jail time.  As well as changing and monitoring the way food stamps are valued, consumed, and spent can lead to millions of dollars saved by the government in fraud, medicare, and crime fighting leading to more production from tax profits and benefiting all Americans in the near future.

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