Utah has joined in as the latest state to prove Einstein correct with their decision to drug test potential welfare recipients. According to a press release from the Associated Press:
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has spent more than $30,000 to screen welfare applicants for drug use since a new law went into effect a year ago, but only 12 people have tested positive, state figures show.
The preliminary data from August 2012 through July 2013 indicates the state spent almost $6,000 to give 4,730 applicants a written test. After 466 showed a likelihood of drug use, they were given drug tests at a total cost of more than $25,000, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, which administers welfare benefits and the tests.
Using mathematical skills, that averages out to about $2500 per positive test result. A different way to look at it would be that their rate of positive tests came out to 2.5% of those given drug tests gave a positive test result and .25% of those who underwent the testing process ended up with a positive result. I’ve often heard that conservatives were fiscally responsible, but I’m not really feeling that when it comes to this particular topic. Utah is not a trailblazer in this field of government regulation as Florida jumped down the same rabbit hole years ago. To Florida’s credit, they had more than a dozen positive test results to show for their money spent.
Not being one to admit failure, one of the sponsor’s of the legislation that enacted the drug testing put quite the spin on the abysmal results. From the same article:
Republican Rep. Brad Wilson, who sponsored the legislation last year, said in an email that the 12 people netted by drug tests might not represent the full picture.
Wilson pointed out that 24 percent of applicants who were required to take a drug test didn’t and did not continue in the application process. He said the process could be identifying applicants with drug issues who did not want to follow through and get treatment.
“If people don’t want to be tested because they know the results are going to be positive, they shouldn’t get benefits and now they don’t,” Wilson said.
That’s how you look at the glass being half full when there’s only a corner of the glass filled with anything. I get a chuckle when I see these examples of “over regulation” and “Constitutional overreach” when it’s done by members of the very party who claim to be against burdensome regulations and protection of the Constitution. If you don’t have probable cause for drug use, I think the 4th Amendment protects people against unnecessary searches. Last time I checked, having someone submit a sample for drug testing is considered a search. That seems to have no effect on the mindset and ideology as there are around ten states who have such laws on the books.
Maybe if that $30,000 had gone towards a program to create better employment in the State of Utah, they may have been able to keep people from applying for welfare because they would not need it. It seems that the best way to cut entitlement spending is to eliminate the need for people to depend on entitlements as a form of subsistence. Quit focusing on the Stock Market and Wall Street. For the past 40 years, we have given the money changers almost total control of our economy, and we don’t have crap to show for positive results.
The Stock Market does not create jobs on Main Street. The Stock Market creates wealth on Wall Street. Tax cuts don’t create jobs. Tax cuts create wealth to those who already have the wealth to take full advantage of them. The “job creators” don’t give a rat’s ass about creating jobs for America. They’re focused on creating more wealth for themselves. Even though we see the proof of these things, we still end up with governments who keep doing the same thing over and over thinking the next time will be different.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
- Only 12 test positive in Utah drug screening (mysanantonio.com)
- Dirty Dozen in Utah (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Utah Welfare Drug Testing Results Find Only 12 Drug Users at Cost of Over $30,000′ (thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com)