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DRUGS: Test to weed out freeloaders

Letter by John Tankiewicz, Tacoma on Feb. 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | 204 Comments »
February 9, 2012 4:51 pm

Most employers now do pre-employment drug screening. This is intended to ensure a safe work environment and help make good decisions in regard to human resources. Now that this practice is commonplace, it forces people serious about getting a job to get clean.

Why is it then, that those who get food stamps, government assistance and even unemployment benefits are not required to pass a drug test? It seems that this practice would be even more important to keep those in the system honest and save taxpayers from supporting deadbeat druggies.

Additionally, let’s do Pre-Occupy drug testing. Before you make a nuisance of yourself and take over public property, is it too much to ask that you demonstrate that you are not addicted to substances and are clear of thought? After you pass your test you will receive an Occupy ID card.

I am sure this would end the movement, as most activists would never even take test. Boom! Occupy Tacoma is over!

I have no problem helping those who are truly in need and formulating a plan to get them back on their feet, but it is time to weed out the freeloaders who are taking advantage of the system.


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