Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Public Forum statement from Douglas County, Oregon

The following was sent to me in the form of a scanned image from a newspaper in Oregon.  I think the author is on to something:

Don't help people sit on their rears

I have a question, not only for Douglas County, but for the entire state of Oregon.  Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job.  I work, they pay me, I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit.  In order for me to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test, which I have no problem with.


What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.  Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check, because I have to pass one to go earn it for them?


Please understand, I have nothing against helping people get back on their feet.  I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sit on their butt.  Could you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

Leonard Wilson


While the state would be expending additional expenses to administer the urine tests, I'm sure the ROI would be quite short considering all the checks that wouldn't be distributed.

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