Drug testing is not the only restriction envisioned for people receiving public assistance: a bill in the Tennessee Legislature would cap lottery winnings for recipients at $600.And the commenters. Well, it's more than obvious that they still have jobs and money in the bank. I have never agreed with random drug testing for any reason. I understand that pilots, truckers and other moving vehicle operators need to be tested as an issue of public safety, but why should a person who wants to be a dog sitter at Petsmart or a person unfortunate enough to need to apply for food stamps be tested? The tests aren't cheap, sometimes they aren't even accurate and the sheer number of people being tested to qualify for state or federal programs will set up another bureaucracy at a time when state budgets are already past their limits.
This is nothing more than a blatant attempt to kick people when they are down and to increase the amount of governmental control over individual lives. It's interesting how Gingrich and the rest of the Republicans can babble on and on about Obama instituting a dictatorship when what Republicans are really trying to do is control your "life" from conception until death.
And since when did unemployment become welfare? Just by definition it says that you were working and money was paid into the system on your behalf. And while you were working they took money out of your check for Federal, State, sometimes Local and here in California, Disability taxes. Grrr.