The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


October 26, 2012


EDITOR’S NOTE:  Behind the Pine Curtains is a series of anecdotes collected and edited by Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor.

I have a job. I work, and they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government  distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

In order to get that paycheck I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem).

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

So, here is my question: Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their behind doing drugs while I work.

Just imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check. I guess we could call the program "Urine or you’re out.”

All politicians should have to pass a urine test, too.

Just a quick thought in closing:

“When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.” Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

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