The results are thin: According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one – a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560.
Checking in again in March, the Arizona Sonora News Service cited state Department of Economic Security figures which found that over the course of more than five years, “42 people have been asked to take a follow-up drug test and 19 actually took the test, 16 of whom passed. The other 23 were stripped of their benefits for failing to take the drug test.”
The point is to make poor people feel like shit, so that slightly less poor or almost-middle-class people can feel like somebody is beneath them. The point is to make rich people feel like the barbarians will be kept from their gates. The point is to kick people when they’re down, because if you’re doing that, you don’t have time to wonder why you’re not kind of the world already.
Making this about results is ridiculous. The result desired is the feeling of superiority voters have when bullying others. You could find ZERO drug users among welfare recipients and people would still vote to do it, every time.