This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Conservatives are again introducing legislation into three more states that would require recipients of Unemployment Insurance and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (aka "welfare") to pass a drug test before receiving them. This despite the fact such tests have shown a lower rate of drug use than in the general population, and in every case of unemployment insurance and the vast majority of TANF applicants, those eligible for the benefits have been paying taxes for years prior to falling on hard times. And also, of course, the questionable violation of Fourth Amendment rights, as well as due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. It can't be about the taxpayers' money, right, since the drug testing costs more than it saves.

And since the NRA is so interested in rooting out the "real" causes of gun violence, they surely would have no objection whatsoever on the right to requiring a little pee in a cup before a buyer could obtain a weapon, right?

Because let's take a worst case scenario with some unemployed person without any means of support and a couple of kids to feed who has a little THC in their system. They might go out and use those benefits to buy some milk for their kids, they might go buy a joint, but I'm pretty sure since the latter gives you the munchies they'd spend most of those benefits on food.

And the worst case of a guy stoned out of his mind buying a gun?

Join me below the fold and let's come up with a list of legal benefits of government for which you should have to pee in a cup before receiving them.


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Some other ideas that pop into my head:

* getting your oil depletion allowances deducted from your taxes

* receiving your Congressional paycheck

* Filing with the Federal Elections Commission

* getting ethanol and crop subsidy checks

* being rescued from your yacht by the Coast Guard after you run aground while watching America's Cup

* re-entering the United States following your vacation to Aruba

Oh, so many more! Because we cannot be safe enough from drug addicts and maniacs. But by all means, go ahead and buy a gun without passing a drug test.

Extended (Optional)


For which benefit should you have to test clean prior to receiving?

6%4 votes
33%20 votes
3%2 votes
0%0 votes
3%2 votes
0%0 votes
1%1 votes
1%1 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes
6%4 votes
1%1 votes
1%1 votes
30%18 votes
8%5 votes

| 59 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.