by Roland S. Martin
Host and Managing Editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now
Looks like its time for another season of America’s favorite political sport: demonizing folks on welfare.
Last month, the RNC announced that welfare would be one of the top issues they want to hammer home in the 2014 midterms. And on the local level, this isn’t just bumper-sticker campaign slogans, its being put into place as policy.
Here’s the deal: Beginning July 1 in Mississippi, anyone applying for welfare will be subjected to a questionnaire asking whether they use drugs. If their answers reveal possible drug use, they will have to pee in the cup. If they fail, they will have to undergo treatment in order to get paid.
Gov. Phil Bryant declared in a press release that “The (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a safety net for families in need, and adding this screening process will aid adults who are trapped in a dependency lifestyle so they can better provide for their children. This measure will help make a positive difference for families impacted by substance abuse.”
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