September 15, 2006


Welfare-recipient drug screening backed (The Associated Press, 9/15/06)

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McGavick on Wednesday proposed mandatory substance-abuse screening for welfare recipients with children. [...]

McGavick's plan says that if recipients refuse treatment, cash benefits would be redirected from the parents to a third party. Continued refusal to accept treatment or repeated drug-test failures would result in removal of children from the home.

Spokesmen for the state welfare program and the campaign of incumbent Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell did not immediately return after-hours telephone calls for comment.

Senate Campaign: Finding fairer fight (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD, September 15, 2006)
Mike McGavick has a political issue: We aren't tough enough on welfare mothers.

The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate calls for mandatory drug screening of parents receiving public assistance under the main welfare program. If the personal screening by specialists found substance abuse, treatment and drug testing would follow. In a rhetorical flourish, McGavick envisioned a "Strike Three" requirement by which parents with continuing problems would lose custody of their children.

It's disconcerting to see the former head of a major insurance company using some of society's neediest as a campaign target.

Worked prety well for the Governor of Arkansas.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2006 12:03 PM

I could well be wrong, and don't know enough about the AR case, but McGavick may be doing himself damage with custody issue, disheartening a number of family sovereignty traditionalists.

Cut the funds? You betcha. Take away the kids? Tougher sell, especially in the Reagan west.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at September 15, 2006 12:47 PM

If they can afford to buy illegal drugs, they obviously aren't so poor that they should be getting welfare.

Or are the Dems so out of touch that they think, "Pay your taxes so that welfare mom's don't have to choose between buying food or buying crack." is a winning bumper sticker.

Posted by: ray at September 15, 2006 1:25 PM

McGavick is running in WA state, not really Reagan country.

The message may sound harsh but it is commonsense enough that most voters will follow it.

Posted by: AWW at September 15, 2006 4:08 PM