Drug Testing and Welfare

I love Facebook. Most the time.  There is a status that I just can’t stand. It is this one:

Thank you FLORIDA and KENTUCKY!! Florida and Kentucky are the first states that will require drug testing when applying for welfare, effective July 1st. Some people are crying this “unconstitutional” . How is this unconstitutional? It’s OK to drug test people who work for their money, but not those who don’t? Military is drug tested. Re-post this if you’d like to see this done in all 50 states!!!!

To me it is so demeaning. It is saying people in need are all drug-users or at least they are all dishonest.  I once had to get temporary help from the state when I had a problem pregnancy. I was on welfare for about 3 months, until my son was born and I went back to work.  And I called up and got of the roll. The caseworker at the time told me that what I was doing was common. People only take the help they need. Most people want to sustain themselves.

This idea that welfare is only for druggies or lazy people is nuts.  It is as much like people thinking if you get food stamps you must be unemployed.  I am underemployed at the moment, and I get a little bit of food stamps.  I do have a job. It just doesn’t pay much.

What really gets me going is the comments that follow the above status update.  I wonder if the writers of those comments have even needed a little extra hand? Or have they always had a job, food, and housing?  Have they ever had nowhere to go, and no way to get there anyway?

Today I feel justified in my stand against the drug testing for welfare debate.  The statics show that most people getting help do not use drugs.  Out of the drug testing that has been done in Florida, only 2%, yes I said TWO PERCENT of those tested have a positive drug result.  The other 98% have now to to wait for the state to reimburse them for the cost of the test.  So how did this help poor people, having them pay for a test they didn’t need, to prove something they already knew they didn’t do?

Take that you narrow-minded conservatives.

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Summer Holiday?

I seem to have forgotten I had a blog this summer.  I wish I could say I would be making a comeback to the world of blogging. But I am not sure.  This summer has been long, and hot. And I haven’t been feeling well.  But I do have things to say. And things I want to stand up for. So maybe I will be making an appearance again.  More later, I promise.

I can honestly say, it hasn’t been a holiday.

My Favorite Time Waster.

What do I do to waste time?  It used to be watch TV.  Then TV became boring when compared to the computer.  Video games have been a major time waster in my home since my dad gave my son a Nintendo for Christmas way back in 1991. Then it was Mario and the Legend of Zelda. After that came the Sega Genesis.  Man, I miss that gaming platform.  We even had the Sega Channel on our cable. Every week we got a new list of games to play. Some of the greatest games were made for the Genesis. Landstalker, Earthworm Jim, Sonic, Zombies Ate My Neighbors.  After that we wasted way too much time on the Playstation.  Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Tactics, Parasite Eve, Dino Crisis, Resident Evil, and Silent Hill.

Somewhere during this time we got a home computer.  And with the PC man did we have games.  Diablo II which I still play to this day. The Sims (1,2, and 3)., Command and Conquer, 1701 AD, and too many others I can’t think about.

Now I waste my time with casual games from the internet.  I love Pogo.com, and play Club Pogo games all the time. Can’t believe I really pay a yearly fee to be in the club.  I have even paid for more months and for more than one account of World of Warcraft. But I have never played the game itself.  I won’t because that game has caused so many family fights. “It’s my turn on the computer”, “don’t play my character”.” I can’t come to dinner I in an instance.” I can’t take a bath, take out the trash, or go to bed in an instance.” Please! But I still pay for accounts, and I still wish the kids would get sick of that game. Of course that will never happen, whenever people start getting board Blizzard just makes another expansion.

I also love Gamehouse Games. I’m a big fool over Diner Dash (once downloaded it to my phone. Then the phone got wet. So sad.) Cake Mania, Jewel Quest, Wedding Dash, Farm Frenzy in its many, many forms. If it is a time management game, I’m there.

So now I am about to embark on a new writing project, but I just can’t seem to quit the game habit long enough to write. I guess that’s why I have an Alpha Smart Neo. No computer, no games, and I get writing done.  I really just need more self-control I think.

It’s March!

February is over.  I am so glad. For the shortest month of the year, it always feels the longest.  A new month and I hope to post to my blog more. I have so many new things going on recently.  A new job,which means new demands on my life.  I am going to start a new project, because it wants to be written more than my old project. I will write more about that as I figure it out.

I might soon have a car again. The first one I have owned in a few years.  I have been for the last couple years sharing a car with either my son or my sister.  That will be cool, to be able to go when and where I want without having to wait until someone else it ready to go.

I hope to also get my own apartment. The month of March I hope will prove to be exciting, in the least at least it won’t be stale and boring.

Success!

I am now employed again. After moving back  to Kansas almost 2 months ago. I now have a job again.  I was starting to worry. I find out all the important info tomorrow, like pay and stuff.  Tonight I am just glad to know I will be making some kind of money again.  Job hunting is really, really rough of the old self-esteem.  Soon I may even get a place of my own. No more living with my sister.  I feel like I have once again joined the real world.

While I wasn’t working I thought I would have plenty of time to work on my novel. But that didn’t happen. I just didn’t want to do anything, but worry, and sleep.  Not having a job was just depressing. I got very little writing done. Listening to my iPod or watching politics on tv were my favorite pastime.  But tonight I am ready to write again, in fact I want too. So I probably will.  I even played a video game tonight, I hadn’t even had the energy to play games.  Just knowing I am about to go back to work had really picked me up.

My unpaid vacation is over, and boy am I ready.

Couple of Warm Days And…

It is 63 degrees  in Kansas today.  When the sun shines it is very hard to stay inside. So of course, I didn’t. I will do anything not to write these days.  Not sure why, but it just seems that way.  Warm weather gets me to thinking about summer. Hot weather. I am not really looking forward to that. Alaska’s 70 degree summers are more my speed. But I’m not there anymore.

The grass is still brown, and it’s too early for anything green. After all the cold weather and snow we have had the last few weeks. Getting outside and walking around was just what I needed.

Now the only thing I need is a job. Then everything will be right with the world.

Just Another Snowy Day

AHHH! Snow, Snow and more Snow. I am so sick of snow.  When I left Kansas 7 years ago, we maybe had snow once or twice a winter. But in the last few years, there has been more and more snow.  Just like when I was a kid, we had snow all the time. Then when my own children were young, we didn’t have so much. Now here we go again.

Today I had no car, and my phone minutes are gone. So I couldn’t go anywhere, and I couldn’t call anyone. Man I felt cut off.  I need my phone back. There is no way I am going to get a job without a phone.  But I should be back in communication tomorrow.  I could have used today to just be out of the loop, I should have enjoyed it. I didn’t. Maybe because I had no control over why I had no phone.

Tomorrow should be better, will be cold and snow-covered, and school may be canceled.  So my sister may be home from work. But tonight, I just want spring, and green, and WARM.  Warm is my missing friend, and I want her back.