Last year, Florida became the first state to pass and fully implement a bill mandating “suspicion-less” drug testing (i.e., drug-testing without probably cause) of all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The law mandated that all applicants pay for the cost of the drug test themselves, and that they be reimbursed if their test came back negative. Gov. Rick Scott argued that this law was necessary because, he falsely declared, welfare recipients used drugs at a far higher rate than the general population. The law was in effect for a mere four months before the ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit and a federal court blocked the law, saying it was unconstitutional. Now, the New York Times has noted how the law fared during the short time it was in effect. Not only was the law unconstitutional, it was a failure. What no one knew, however, was just how much of a failure it was.
In the four months that Florida’s cruel law was in place, the state drug tested 4,086 TANF applicants. Only 2.6% of TANF applicants tested positive for illegal drugs — a rate more than 3 times LOWER than the 8.13% of all Floridians, age 12 and up, estimated by the federal government to use illegal drugs.
Worse, the testing not only failed to save Floridians money, it cost taxpayers a net $45,000 extra!
We don’t have flying cars. But 50 years ago the first computers took up large rooms and did computations slower than my grandma driving to church. Now we have television remote controls more powerful than the computers on the space shuttles.
Using trilateration, microwaves, and FUCKING QUANTUM…