This world sucks, and if someone can't face it, they just can't face it. It's up to the individual how they interact and react with the world. A lot of people dive into celebrity gossip. Others dive into music to the exclusion of all else. Still others dive into the extremely narrow realm of academic research (myself included, to a point--I enjoy researching and learning new things, but don't care about publishing my ideas and gaining acclaim and publication accreditation from it. I'd far rather teach.) Others turn to alcohol, and still others turn to drugs, legal psychotropics and otherwise.
So, this bill, up for discussion and votes in several states, makes me smile. I don't have a problem with aid being temporary, and directed at families with children--so long as Mom and/or Dad is not on "illegal" drugs or alcohol.
Personally, I don't care if an individual wants to use drugs. I think this whole "war on drugs" b.s. harks back to the 18th amendment--and anyone who passed history in high school should know how that worked out. I do, however, deeply resent being forced to pay for the habits of an addict of either drugs or alcohol through taxes applied and income redistributed through the welfare system.
So yeah: set up everyone on the public dole with random drug tests. Sounds like a good start to me. Especially if that includes the welfare recipients who hold public office (i.e., politicians).
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