Drug testing our way to a Master Race

Drug testing

In October, Linn State Technical College in Linn, Mo., notified its 1,200 students that they will have to take a drug test to enroll there

Florida requires citizens applying for pubic assistance to submit to a drug test. Supporters of the policies note that public assistance is meant to be transitional and that drug tests are increasingly common requirements for getting jobs. So, the argument goes, people get drug-tested all the time so it must be ok.

Only it isn’t ok.

The question is not if it is ok that we test welfare recipients but that we are testing people at all for drug use. It is not an invasion of their privacy. It’s about assuming they are guilty of using and proving they are not. It assumes that people who test positive (whether or not they really are positive) are unemployable, bad credit risks, stupid or unworthy of basic human assistance

We don’t test for alcohol yet alcohol kills more people and contributes to more workplace accidents than marijuana does.

If we are wondering how to create a “Master Race,” this is how we do it. Only employ people with high FICO Scores, no prison record and a clean drug test. The rest with any human faults and frailties we can leave to the ravages of poverty.

But that is probably ok as we work toward privatizing prisons and then replace public sector employees with prisoners who make less than a $1.00/day. They are already being put to work as highway workers and firefighters.

Maybe we can replace teachers with prisoners one day as well.

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5 Responses to Drug testing our way to a Master Race

  1. Life Lessons says:

    Funny that you never see folks clamoring for drug testing to gain other government benefits. How about drug testing before eligibility for the mortgage interest deduction? How about drug testing before eligibility for TARP funds? It’s only unconstitutional search-and-seizure when it impact you.

  2. Rufus Dogg says:

    You stole my long-running joke about home ownership. Nobody gets tested for drug use to claim the mortgage interest deduction because you have to be high to own a house 🙂

    How about drug testing to get on an interstate highway onramp? Or walk on a public sidewalk? What about viewing a public fireworks display on the Fourth of July? Or logging onto the Internet? (wait, that one I’m leaning toward) There is an endless list of government benefits that are “ok” to tap into that don’t require drug testing.

    It is all about the criminalization of poverty. You see this clearly in Newt Gingrich’s latest rants about putting school children to work and poor kids not knowing how to work because everyone around them is shiftless and lazy. When the poor become criminals, they are then easy to dismiss.

  3. James Dibben says:

    I don’t think I should have been drug tested when I applied for my conceal carry license or when I re-applied for my nursing license.

    Whether or not I use drugs and beat my kids is my own business and no one else’s.

  4. Rufus Dogg says:

    James, I’m not sure you are agreeing with me or being sarcastic, though I am unsure of what “beating your kids” has to do with drugs.

  5. James Dibben says:

    A little of both.

    I believe that what we do in private does affect others in public.

    Background checks and drug tests are the future in A LOT of different areas.

    I was actually a little surprised when I got my nursing license and had to pass a drug test AND a background test. When I got my concealed carry license I had to pass an extensive background check with the FBI. Maybe I should be able to just submit my FICO to prove I’m wealthy enough to own a handgun. Well, that would not work so well for me now that I think about it.

    Drug testing to receive welfare seems like a joke to me. As we have talked about here many times; the most helpless among us have to get help somewhere. Nobody wants homeless people sitting on their front lawn. Many gladly pay taxes to avoid dealing with the problem themselves.

    College is completely different and I’m not sure the line between college drug testing, and welfare drug testing is all that strait.

    Someone who is dropping dirty drug urine tests is not going to fare well in college. You do not need to clean yourself up to be successful at welfare. That is not the case with college or work for that matter.