Thom Tillis, North Carolina House Speaker, Calls To ‘Divide And Conquer,’ Drug Test Welfare Recipients
Tillis said Monday in a constituent forum in Madison County, N.C., “What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance. If we have to show respect that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice in her condition, that needs help, and we should help.”
“And we need those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government and say at some point you’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you,” he said.
North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Parker sharply criticized Tillis for his comments. “By trying to humiliate our most underprivileged and poverty-stricken citizens, it’s clear that Thom Tillis is nothing more than a schoolyard bully — he should be ashamed of himself,” Parker told the Charlotte Observer.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott instituted drug testing of welfare recipients on July 1. Recipients have to pay for their own drug tests, which run about $30, but are reimbursed if they pass. Only about two percent have tested positive. The Tampa Tribune calculated that the program could save $40,800-$98,400 each year out of the $178 million program. Arizona and Missouri also require welfare recipients to undergo drug tests.
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