Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 3, 2012

Welfare for those in need, not

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— This is in response to a letter to the editor on Nov. 29 headlined, “ Drug testing demeans poor, innocent.”

First of all sir, exactly how do you think this demeans the poor? Do you also think that it demeans me since I’m required to take random urinalysis screenings to keep my job; or is it my fault that I am screened for drugs because I seek gainful employment?

I just fail to see how this demeans anyone, so let me explain how. In no way is this law even contemplating that it will cure a drug problem, nor is its intended purpose to do so. The intended purpose of drug testing people who receive such social programs is to keep from paying a druggy my hard-earned tax money.

In no way, shape or form are legislators stereotyping the poor as undeserving dopes. Social programs are designed to give a hand when someone falls off the horse, keep them fed while their trying to get back in the saddle, however, lately it has become a way of life, an anticipated entitlement.

To keep such social programs around to help the people who need it, you must get rid of the abusers. Without doing statistical research I would say without a doubt 100 percent of the people abusing such programs are also abusing drugs. Do you see where I am going yet?

By drug testing, you will start the programs in the right direction ... again. Since this money comes from me, you and everyone else who pays taxes, I think it is a smart idea to make sure it is spent well, don’t you?

If you would like to see what a system that doesn’t have checks and balances looks like, than please refer to our president and the cliff we are approaching.     

Nathan Delimont