Do you need food stamps, unemployment benefits, or welfare? Well you better be prepared to submit to random drug testing in at least eight states that are considering a new law. Perhaps looking for a way to cut welfare expenditures, these states are prepared to restrict the safety net to drug-free citizens.
A West Virginian state legislator reckons that "If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?"
Civil liberties and poverty advocates have an answer for him: requiring drug testing would make the poverty situation worse (even more tent cities?) by discouraging people from seeking assistance. But maybe that's the whole point.