This. Are we also going to test social security recipients? They get government money. How about people who get tax refunds? An argument could be made that they get government money. Veterans get government benefits. Hell, kids in school are receiving a service partially paid for by federal funds. People driving on Interstate highways benefit from federal highway funding. Please stop at the piss tollbooth before hitting the onramp. . .
Originally Posted by philab
The basis of this idea is twofold. First, that accepting certain kinds of help from the government is a moral issue, and those that do so have moral problems. It's paternalistic nonsense. Second, it's frankly an issue of racial stereotypes. Saint Ronald Reagan himself helped propagate the inaccurate, racially charged stereotype of the ghetto "welfare queen" driving a Cadillac, and it still exists today.
If we want to, across the board, test everyone on SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, etc., etc., etc. I would be closer to being for this. As is, no way.
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