Essay on The Double Dependency Of America

827 Words Oct 6th, 2014 4 Pages
The Double Dependency in America Can we continue to support American’s who abuse their welfare benefits? Public assistance programs created during the 1930’s (Hayes) that have provided a safety net for people living below poverty are currently being manipulated by unscrupulous individuals. Chemical dependency screenings and account audits are now needed to prevent the irrational spending of funding people who misappropriate taxpayer money by purchasing mind-altering substances. I believe drug testing should become mandatory to strengthen the integrity, accountability, and health of our public assistance programs in America. First and most important, the integrity of our public assistance programs ought to be strengthened. Dispersing electronic benefits to welfare recipients who spend their monthly allotment on illegal drugs or alcohol has created mistrust in a safety net program that is supposed to help, not hurt. In 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare to undergo drug testing by stating “it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction”. (CNN Wire Staff) Unfortunately, illegal drug use in America is on the rise. In 2012, 23.9 million Americans, or 9.2 percent of the population had tried an illicit drug. (NSDUH) Notably, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Morgenstern) reported data from a 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse that showed 7.5 percent of welfare recipients…

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