Requiring drug tests for welfare benefits is mean-spirited, expensive and ultimately pointless.
Virginia’s Republican legislators seem to grasp that they would be viewed as gratuitously harsh if they pass a law declaring poverty a crime.
So each year they waste energy and time devising schemes to achieve the same end through more circuitous methodologies. Worse, they are determined to waste taxpayer money on these cynical exercises in pandering.
Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, announced recently that he is working on a new version of his bill to force some recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to pass drug tests.