Drug-testing for child-support recipients

Drug-testing for child-support recipients

Washington : DC : USA | Apr 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM PDT
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Drug Testing Before Child Support

The Republican Party has single-handedly decided that the unemployed and welfare recipients need to be tested for drugs. But now they have simply gone too far. It appears that now recipients of child support are on drugs, too. It seems that the party that touts “less government” and “less spending” is doing everything they can do to ensure the growth in the size of government and increase the costs at the expense of taxpayers.

Illinois legislators have presented legislation allowing a person that pays child support to request the recipient to be drug-tested. The requester would be responsible for paying the cost of the drug test, but the recipient would be mandated to take the test prior to funds being released.

Hypocritical does not come close to describe the level of invasion the “conservative” party wishes to push into the front door of American citizens at every turn. It makes one wonder if there is a perception from the Republicans that the whole world is on drugs. Then, of course, it makes you wonder what THEY are on. The fact that they can possibly feel it is acceptable or appropriate to invade the private lives of citizens of this country the way they are now is simply unfathomable.

Political parties are notorious for pushing their agenda, especially in election years. They fight as hard as they can to win the votes of their electorate. Never before has one side of the aisle pushed their agenda as hard as the Republicans are pushing during this election year. It appears that the conservatives have decided they are no longer going to pretend they don’t want to see America digress back to a time when women knew their place and no one has sex before marriage.

The past several months have been very trying. We have seen a woman testifying in front of Congress about birth control pills and the benefit to women with health issues called a slut. She was asked to testify and did as she was asked. She was explaining situations where women who had serious medical conditions and because they were not allowed access to their medication (which happened to be birth control pills), they suffered serious consequences. The conservatives wanted to not only silence her, but also let anyone else considering speaking out that the consequences would be dire. We have seen threats made to stop funding to family planning to prevent women from having access to birth control, abortions and other medical potentially life-saving medical care. I do believe the message is: If you are not married, stop having sex. If you don’t work, you are on drugs.

This has gone on for too long and it has gone way too far. It is time to say enough is enough.




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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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