Perry Pushes Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

Source: Office of the Governor

Earlier today, at a glass factory in Austin for some reason, Governor Rick Perry threw his support behind Flower Mound State Sen. Jane Nelson’s pre-filed bill that would require drug testing for all those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Unemployment Insurance benefits.

“Texas taxpayers will not subsidize or tolerate illegal drug abuse. Every dollar that goes to someone who uses it inappropriately is a dollar that can’t go to a Texan who needs it for housing, child care or medicine,” Perry said in a statement. “Being on drugs makes it much harder to begin the journey to independence, which only assures individuals remain stuck in the terrible cycle of drug abuse and poverty.”

I have only one point to make: tan suit? Really? Come on son, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Tuck that thing away. Sure you got plenty of blue and black suits.

(Oh and also, when are the attacks on the poor going to end? That’s another point I’d like to make. I’d bet people would be a lot more reluctant to support this if it also included drug-testing for state pensions.)

Update: Senator Nelson’s press rep emailed me this morning to clarify that the bill “does not impact unemployment insurance benefits or any other state benefits.” She did not mention Perry’s suit in the email.


  • zsan

    That’s the same suit he wore to the Darrell Royal memorial service today. Even Willie Nelson wore a dark suit. The dudes got no class.

  • mynameisbill

    After that awkward speech(I know there are plenty of em) in New Hampshire, i’d like to ask the fair governor if he himself could pee into a cup. And the truth of the matter is is that he’d look ravishing and ever so more pimpish in a lime green suit. Always keep that pimp hand strong governor…..always.

  • Avid Reader

    What would we do without Gov PHairy; just pure gold. I get that this is an “attack on the poor”; but what is the actual argument against having people taking tax dollars to get them through a tough situation not be on drugs?

  • mynameisbill

    I believe Florida found out that about 2.6% of those that were receiving government assistance were using drugs. Is it cost effective for such a small percentage?

  • Kk.

    Me thinks governor hairdo has invested in a testing lab. Or the testing lab is promising a few 100 mil to fund his PAC in the next campaign. No money for children’s health care but huge $$ for drug testing the downtrodden.

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  • EveryoneheartsOC

    See, this is the right question to be asking. Honestly, if 30 percent of those receiving unemployment insurance are taking illegal drugs, don’t you think there would be a concensus that this is relevant to the question of whether these individuals should be receiving government assistance? But if it’s only 2%, hell yeah, I think it’s a waste of time (and an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the 98% of recipients of this aid who are not on drugs).

  • somerandomchick

    By all means, test all government money recipients. That includes welfare recipients, contractors, judges, congressmen and senators…and of course, Governor Good Hair as well. I’m all for this as long as our elected officials join in the fun.

  • Charlie

    Since the drug tests only show marijuana use, not alcohol. We will have more drunk men beating up on their wives. Fits right in line with the Republicans’ War on Women.