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Does anyone agree that this state should drug test everyone who is receiving assistance from the government? During the super bowl interview with Obama, I was dumbfounded when he said since October, 6 MILLION people signed up for Medicaid. I don't know about you, but I "make too much money" to qualify for that, an I pay close to $1,000 a month for healthcare for my family. Not to mention, I know a WHOLE lot of people who receive assistance, work off the books, and sit home and do drugs and keep having children to use as a bigger paycheck. This is so annoying to me! What can WE as hard working tax payers in this town/state do to get some justice and make people get off their asses and actually WORK to feed their families, provide healthcare, and housing for themselves?! It's disgusting! I do understand that there are people who do actually need help to get on their feet again  and I agree with that. However, there's SO many people taking advantage everyday. Drug tests anyone? 
Kim Rosamilia February 04, 2014 at 12:02 PM
TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!
brain1stmouth2nd February 04, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Gina, I’m sorry, that was not all about your post. I’ve been reading this patch for a while; there is a lot of racism, ignorance and hate here (TRP). Some pretty funny characters, too. I don’t know the politics or politicians there. TR used to be a nice place, clearly it’s changed. The only thing I get free is the air I breathe. Read your post again, you are presumptuous. And angry. Being a taxpayer doesn’t exempt us from ignorance and arrogance. You are right there is a problem, a big one. Drug-testing is not the answer. We need less Big Brother, not more. As you may (or not) notice lately, we are all being watched, recorded and tracked at an alarming rate. Drug-testing is just another invasion of our [quickly disappearing] privacy, liberty and freedom. It is a SLIPPERY SLOPE. Test everyone or just suspected users? Who assigns that qualifier? Who’s next – the driver on public roads, parent of a public school student? DO YOU SEE THE POTENTIAL? Voluntarily giving up freedoms eventually leads to involuntary loss of freedoms. Stopping fraud is easier said than done. Why don't you call the tip line if you know of so much fraud? Are they your friends? Frankly, being a tattletale isn't the answer, but if more people feared the consequences of fraud, they'd stop committing it. What’s worse is that fraudsters cheat the deserving needy more than anyone. More kids = ‘bigger paycheck’: WRONG. There are no increases for additional kids, not for +/- 25 years. However, the value of all assistance, means the 'assisted poor' are often far better off than many working poor, on that you are right. LET YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. Stop p&m here and write an intelligent letter to your state and federal reps. The first step toward reform should be to stop gifting benefits to most non-citizens (food stamps, welfare, housing, utility assistance). No other industrialized country forsakes its own for the benefit of others. FACT: non-citizens do not always have to meet the same ‘requirements’ as citizens for benefits. Second, business owners must stop hiring illegal residents. Employers save billions in taxes and profits, and disregard labor laws. That would free up jobs, force employers to pay a better wage, and start to reverse the mess we have now. How many restaurants and contractors hire non-citizens? Imagine the taxes lost on all that cash pay. Many states are no better - they give an ID card and a DL to illegals, for what? So they can get to work, vote, and even get public assistance or a mortgage. Stop giving and they’ll stop coming.
Gina February 04, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Thank you for clarifying! And I agree totally with what you're saying also. What I meant by more kids = bigger paycheck is for most people with government assistance - they are not married, yet keep having children so that "single mother status" can collect them more money per dependent. For example, I am a local business owner.. Just filed my taxes this year.. And I OWE the government $6500 even with one child I have cause I am Married and I "made too much money"... When in reality, I'm just trying to better my life and future to buy a house, raise my child, work hard and do the RIGHT thing. My bad I didn't LIE to the government like 70% of America collecting welfare and driving Escalades with Coach purses. It's disturbing. And in fact, I got $93 back as an income tax credit for my child. However, if I claimed I made a measly "$10,000 a year or LESS", I would have gotten back $3700 PER CHILD. It is very sad how the less you work, the more the government gives hand outs. That's really all it is - is a hand out. But if you wanna make something of yourself and set an example for your children in being a hard working individual, prepare to get raped by taxes and the government. The American dream is now a dream of maybe 20-30% of people. God help this country. We need a new president. Is it 2016 yet?
Robert Furman February 06, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Anybody here who is going to say people are not popping out babies to increase their benefits and maintain their status on the system clearly has a blind eye turned. There is a simple solution outside of the drug testing. Unless you are truly disabled and unable to function in a work environment to do so, I say 18-24 months of assistance should be more then enough time to get back on your feet in some regards. And they need to rid the all or nothing mentality and offer partial benefits where it fits. BTW, anybody who has had the pleasure of sitting in these offices would know, you don't need a drug test or income statement to see who is working the system and who is in need. Crazy how the 6 bedroom, white brick faced home with marble floors and grand piano in the foyer in Lakewood was accepted for food stamps and weatherization services. hmmmmm????
Gina February 06, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Thanks Robert! Agreed totally. 18-24 months MAX should be good enough for ANYONE to get back on their feet and work to support the children they CHOSE to have! If you can't support YOUR children, STOP HAVING THEM!

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