Drug testing for individuals who apply for public welfare benefits such as TANF

A number of states are requiring (or are considering requiring) drug testing for individuals who apply for public welfare benefits such as TANF. 1. Read the following quote: “. . .it is hard to escape the suspicion that what is really behind the drive to drug-test benefits applicants is a desire to stigmatize the needy. The fact is, there are all sorts of people who benefit from government programs. Businessmen get state contracts, farmers receive crop subsidies and retired state workers receive pensions. The pro-drug-testing movement, however, is focusing exclusively on welfare recipients — an easy target.” http://ideas.time.com/2011/08/29/drug-testing-the-poor-bad-policy-even-worse-law/#ixzz1kVY9iDQr 2. Discuss the following: In what ways are the lives of the poor who receive public benefits regulated differently than the lives of the non-poor who receive public benefits? How do these differences reflect the public’s underlying beliefs about public benefit recipients?