Poor Pee-Ple

  • Aired:  02/02/12
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Aasif Mandvi heads to Florida to find out why Luis Lebron, a Navy veteran and public assistance recipient, won't submit to welfare drug testing. (6:13)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE

SHOW.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING A LOT

LATELY ABOUT THE POOR.

WHAT KIND OF A SCAM ARE THEY

RUNNING ON THEM?

HOW CAN WE LET THEM KNOW

THAT THIS INCREDIBLY WATERED

DOWN GRAPHY TRAIN IS COMING

TO AN END.

THE ANSWER AS ALWAYS IS IN

FLORIDA.

AASIF MANDVI HAS MORE.

>> Reporter: POOR PEOPLE,

THEY SPEND THEIR DAYS

PROTECTED.

LUXOR YATING IN THE SOCIAL

SAFETY NET, BUT WHO WILL

PROTECT US FROM THESE DRUG

ADELED MOOCHERS.

FORTUNATELY SOME COURAGEOUS

POLITICIANS IN FLORIDA HAVE

ANSWERED THE CALL.

>> FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK

SCOTT JUST SIGNED A LAW THAT

WELFARE RECIPIENTS SHOULD

GET DRUG TESTS BEFORE THEY

GET THEIR HANDS ON THAT

TAXPAYER FUNDED WELFARE

CHECK.

>> THE STUDIES SHOW THAT

PEOPLE ON WELFARE ARE USING

DRUGS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE

POPULATION.

>> Reporter: AND THAT

DAMNING EVIDENCE HELPED THE

LAW PASS BY A 2-1 MARGIN.

WITH THE STRONG SUPPORT OF

PEOPLE LIKE REPRESENTATIVES

SCOTT PLAQUEIN.

>> I THINK IN ANY LAW THAT

WE PASS THE FIRST THING

SHOULD BE DO NO HARM, BY

GIVING CASH TO SOMEBODY THAT

HAS A DRUG HABIT, WE'RE

DOING HARM.

>> Reporter: WE KNOW HOW

MUCH POOR PEOPLE LOVE DRUGS.

>> WELL, I WOULDN'T SAY THAT

POOR PEOPLE LOVE DRUGS,

AASIF.

BUT IF WE ARE GIVING YOU

MONEY, WE'RE JUST ASKING YOU

TO TAKE THIS TEST.

>> Reporter: BUT THE

INSINUATION BY LEGISLATORS

THAT ALL POOR PEOPLE ARE ON

DRUGS DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH

SOME.

>> I REFUSE TO TAKE THE DRUG

TEST.

IT IS CASTING A CLOUD OVER A

POPULATION OF PEOPLE WITH NO

FACTUAL EVIDENCE.

>> Reporter: YOU SOUND LIKE

SOMEBODY WHO IS ON DRUGS.

>> NO, I'M NOT ON DRUGS.

>> Reporter: CAN YOU PROVE

IT?

HERE.

PEE IN THE CUP.

>> NO.

IF SOMEONE DOESN'T SHOW

BACKUP FOR A DRUG TEST THE

EQUATION WOULD BE SIMPLE.

THEY'RE CHOOSING THEIR DRUGS

OVER CHOOSING TO GET THAT

MONEY FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

>> Reporter: SO YOUR DRUG

HABIT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN

YOUR FAMILY.

>> NO, MY FAMILY IS VERY

IMPORTANT.

AND I'M A FATHER, TAKING

CARE OF MY DISABLED MOTHER

AND I'M STUDYING TO BE AN

ACCOUNTANT.

>> Reporter: SO AFTER YOU

PAY FOR YOUR CHILD'S FOOD,

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOTHER,

BUY SCHOOL BOOKS, HOW MUCH

MONEY IS LEFT OVER FOR

DRUGS?

>> I DONE DO DRUGS.

>> Reporter: HE CAN DENY HIS

HABIT, BUT NOT THE SUCCESS

OF THE WELFARE DRUG TESTING

PROGRAM.

>> HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE

FAILED.

>> IT'S SOMETHING LIKE 2%.

>> Reporter: ONLY 2% OF THE

PEOPLE ARE PASSING.

>> 2% OF THE PEOPLE ARE

FAILING THE DRUG TEST.

>> Reporter: WAIT A MINUTE.

RICK SCOTT SAID THAT WELFARE

RECIPIENTS USE DRUGS AT A

HIGHER RATE THAN THE GENERAL

POPULATION.

MAYBE HE WAS HIGH WHEN HE

SAID THAT.

>> THE WAY THAT IT WORKS IS

THEY HAVE TO PAY THE

APPROXIMATELY $30 FOR THE

DRUG TEST UP FRONT.

>> Reporter: WHOA.

YOU MEAN THE POOR PEOPLE PAY

THE $30 FIRST.

>> THAT'S CORRECT RTED.

>> AND THEN THE STATE OF

FLORIDA REIMBURSES THEM IF

THEY PASS THE DRUG TEST.

>> Reporter: AND HUMILIATION

FOR THE 98% THAT PASSED IS A

SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR A

PROGRAM THAT IS SAVED

FLORIDIANS NEGATIVE

$200,000.

BUT SOME CAN'T BE BOTHERED

WITH STATISTICS.

>> THIS LAW IS

UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND

VIOLATES THE FOURTH

AMENDMENT.

>> Reporter: ARE YOU POOR

AND ON DRUGS.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE

CONSTITUTION?

>> I WAS IN THE UNITED

STATES NAVY.

>> YOU'RE A VETERAN.

>> YES, I TACK AN OATH TO

SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE

CONSTITUTION.

>> ANY CITIZEN WHETHER A

VETERAN OR NOT SHOULD BE

HAPPY TO TAKE THE DRUG TEST,

AS A VETERAN, I WOULD THINK

THAT HE WOULD BE CONCERNED

ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF THE

TAXPAYERS.

THE TAXPAYERS THAT ARE

WORKING DAY AND NIGHT,

SOMETIMES TWO AND THREE JOBS,

AND HE WON'T EVEN DO THIS

VERY SIMPLE THING TO HELP

HIS FAMILY.

>> I JUST DON'T GET THAT.

>> SO WHO PAYS YOUR SALARY.

>> THE TAXPAYERS OF THE

STATE OF FLORIDA.

>> I'M SORRY, I THINK I'M

GOING TO NEED YOU TO PEE

INTO THIS CUP.

(APPLAUSE)

>> I'M NOT GOING TO SUBMIT

TO A DRUG TEST BECAUSE AASIF

HAS ONE IN MY OFFICE.

>> Reporter: THERE WAS

SOMEBODY WHO SAID ANYBODY

WHO IS RECEIVING HARDWORKING

FLORIDIAN TAXPAYERS' MONEY

SHOULD SUBMIT TO A DRUG

TEST.

AND I BELIEVE THAT SOMEBODY

WAS REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT

PLAKIN.

>> IF A LAW PASSED REQUIRING

LEGISLATORS TO DO T I WOULD

BE HAPPY TO.

>> Reporter: SO WOULD YOU BE

WILLING TO BE THE FIRST

PERSON TO PUT THAT BILL

FORWARD.

>> WELL, THIS YEAR I HAVE

ALL MY BILL SLOTS FILLED.

BUT YOU KNOW, WE GET SIX

BILL SLOTS.

SO IF YOU ASK WHAT IS ON THE

HIGH PRIORITY OF MY LIST,

THAT'S NOT ONE OF THEM.

>> Reporter: CAN I SAY THAT

YOU BEING DRUG TESTED IS

PRIORITY NUMBER SEVEN.

>> WHAT I AM SAYING IS-- .

>> Reporter: PRIORITY NUMBER

8.

>> FROM NOW WITH WHAT IS

GOING ON I'M NOT EVEN

THINKING ABOUT MY BILL

SLOTS.

>> SO I'M GOING TO

TO-- GO-- YOURSELF [BLEEP]

THAT IS WHAT ARE YOU SAYING.

>> BUT THIS MOMENT-- TO DIG

TAKE DOWN THIS CARTEL I HAD

TO GET THE KINGPIN.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT.

>> BUT THE MONEY THAT WENT

THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE WERE

NOT.

>> YOU BENEFIT FROM HUNDREDS

OF THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER

DOLLARS EVERY YEAR.

SO WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO

PEE INTO THIS CUP TO PROVE

TO FLORIDA TAXPAYERS THAT

ARE YOU NOT ON DRUGS.

ARE YOU NOT USING THAT MONEY

FOR DRUGS.

>> I'VE DONE IT PLENTY OF

TIMES.

>> WOULD YOU.

>> I HAVE DONE IT PLENTY OF

TIMES.

>> WOULD YOU PASS THIS

FORWARD TO THE GOVERNOR.

WE CAN ALL TURN AROUND.

>> THERE NO LONGER

EXPLANATION.

>> I HATE TO KEEP HARPING

INTO THAT.

>> EXCUSE ME A SECOND.

>> WOULD YOU PEE IN THE CUP.

>> JUST A SECOND, I AM GOING

OVER HERE.

YOU DON'T GET TO RUN THIS.

HERE RTS WHILE WE WAIT FOR

THE GOVERNOR'S URINE A

FEDERAL JUDGE TEMPORARILY

BLOCKED MANDATORY DRUG

TESTING.

BUT SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE SURE

FLORIDIANS ARE STAYING CLEAN.

>> YOU KNOW WHO IS PAYING

FOR THIS DOG PARK.

>> NO, SIR.

>> FLORIDA'S TAXPAYER,

THAT'S TRUE.

MI GOING TO DOT URINE

SAMPLE.

I'M ON THE CASE.

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