I gotta recognize - Whitman rule - limit the terms that individuals can receive government aid for life. Test'em and reduce/eliminate benefits if they are positive. Those benefits can be redistributed to others in need that were on hold, or be used to speed up the process and make govt. more efficient. Now - Its only the same pool of money, if the medium is the same. WIC, EBT, etc. are good examples of how at initial purchase, the money cannot go for anything other than the dedicated benefits. Maybe the government should have individuals submit their bills for payment. Provide some financial counseling and only pay pre-determined "necessity" portions of bills. Example: Cable companies and Internet for everyone: Since regular television (analog or digital with converters) is still available, cable is not considered a necessity. But an internet for everyone initiative provides that internet costs up to the average DSL cost are covered per region. When the beneficiary submits their bill for payment - the government, can directly apply payment to the Cable company for the pre-determined necessity cost. Same for electric, water, gas, public transportation vouchers/cards, except more of those would be paid. As for the cost of testing them - partner with drug-free america programs, and subsidize the testing, etc. The money exists to do this already - but it goes for exuberant salaries, etc. The testing is random - so over time, the savings can actually pile-up and eventually begin to absorb the costs.