TEXAS LONE STAR FORUM

By F. Scott McCown

As part of legislation to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits through 2012, Congress is considering a very bad policy idea: encouraging states to drug test every applicant for unemployment insurance and deny compensation to any who fail.  It's such a bad idea that it has twice failed to make it through the Texas House of Representatives, as conservative a legislative body as they come.

The whole thing is really a ploy.  The proponents of drug testing are trying to undermine public support for UI by associating UI applicants with drug users.  They want the public to think about UI like it does welfare, blaming the unemployed-rather than the economy-for their plight.

Unemployment insurance is not welfare.  By definition, people who qualify lost their job through no fault of their own. They are typically men and women who have worked steadily, often for years or even decades, and have largely covered the cost of their employer's UI tax indirectly through reduced wages.


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1 comments:

melvin wild said...

I am one that believe's all that has been going on in Washington needs to be addressed by drug testing all of those employed by the American People. Our (government) is out of control. Maybe drug testing from the President down would answer some questions. If they are tested clean then we will know that it is just the greed that motivates them to make such bad decisions.