Billionaire-asshole-governor Rick Scott of Florida recently imposed mandatory drug testing on welfare applicants, arguing that people on welfare are much more likely to use drugs. Except it turns out, they're not:
Since the state began testing welfare applicants for drugs in July, about 2 percent have tested positive, preliminary data shows. ... A 2008 study by the Office of National Drug Control Policy also showed that 8.13 percent of Floridians age 12 and up use illegal drugs.
That's right, the data shows that welfare applicants actually have a significantly lower rate of drug use than the general Floridian population. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that what we call "welfare" is really the highly restrictive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, aimed at providing assistance to impoverished families so that their children can be cared for in their own homes.
Compare that to the true objective of Scott's drug testing program, which is to punish the poor for being poor: First by publicly humiliating them by implying that the reason they are poor is because they are all lazy, immoral druggies, then by actually forcing them to pay for their own drug tests. And if you don't have the money to pay for a drug test to apply for TANF? Well then fuck you and your kids.