Saturday, January 26, 2008

Improving Kentucky's Welfare Policy Would Be A Great Way To Salvage Our Culture

Does it really make sense to you that we buy illicit drugs for Kentuckians and ask for nothing in return?

That is exactly what we do every time welfare recipients buy crack or abuse prescription drugs. If we subsidize their housing or their healthcare or food and they direct their limited funds toward illegal drugs, how are we not at the very least complicit in their drug problem?

The General Assembly already has a solution in front of it. The constitutional issues can be dealt with easily.

Another suggestion is requiring anyone who signs up for benefits to consent to random, periodic drug testing when they first request help.

How hard is it to understand that by incentivizing irresponsibility among our most vulnerable citizens that we are damaging ourselves voluntarily?