Republicans have been passing laws to require drug testing of welfare recipients. Florida tested food stamp recipients for four months in 2012 (until it was halted by a court on constitutional grounds), they found that less than 3% tested positive. In Arizona they tested 87,000 – how many tested positive? One.
So the approx $2.76 million spent drug testing welfare recipients saved less than $80k in those two states. Other states had similar results.
Last October, Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL) was caught buying $250 worth of cocaine from an undercover federal law enforcement officer. He resigned.
This could have been prevented by drug testing. Testing 535 members of Congress at $30 apiece would cost $16,050. Catching just one person (like Radel) could save us from paying his Congressional salary, which is $174,000 a year (and that’s not counting any expense accounts and pension plans, which can run far higher).
So drug testing Congress would actually have saved at least $158,000!
Ironically, Radel (a former conservative talk radio host) voted for drug testing for food stamp recipients. Of course.
Testing welfare recipients — a waste of money. Testing Congress-critters? Profit!