First I would like to state that I believe that the Attorney General’s heart is in the right place. However, the Attorney General is looking at numbers in dollar amounts to measure success and not at the individual cases and HORRIFIC situations that all parties find themselves in. As you read along I am going to debate (respond) to the Attorney General immeadiatly following the specific paragraph in question. The ‘food for thought’ will be found between these [ ] brackets and in blue; that way there you don’t have to jump back and forth from the bottom of the page to the pertinent paragraph. Let us begin. P.S. Comments are most welcome. And don’t forget to sign before you go, just leave a name and valid email address at the bottom of this page.
Child Support Cuts Would Harm Texas Children
By Greg Abbott
Attorney General of Texas
Congress is about to give Texas children a lump of coal in their stockings for Christmas. Federal lawmakers are dangerously close to approving legislation that slashes funding for the Texas child support enforcement program – cuts that would lead to billions less in child support for a million Texas kids.
Many children and families who depend on child support to furnish the basic necessities of life will suffer if these drastic measures make it into law, and Washington lawmakers need to fully understand the harm this legislation, if passed, will cause.
[There should have been ‘Accountability’ of the custodial parent from the very beginning. There are custodial parents with a resident spouse, (didn’t say husband or wife even though there are legal marriages also benifiting from this outrage), that are relying upon receiving child support checks to support themselves; not the children. The ridiculous amount that these custodial parent (parents) are receiving is outrageous. The children are never receiving a penny while the adults are living ‘high off the hog!’ I’ve paid for a woman with two male roomates with over $28,000, not to include 3 1/2 years of paychecks that was laundered through a sister… and there is no college account, no clothes, books for school… but there is pain pills, 8 balls, exctasy, alcohol…. And did I mention that I have never been allowed a PATERNITY TEST? My point is: You look at numbers (dollar amounts) and think that they reflect a cure all. It is almost as if your still under the illusion that money will buy you happiness. It doesn’t matter WHO you get the money from in these cases, even pushing the excuse that if you signed a birth certificate you are ‘legally responsible.’ What if you are asked to give a child your last name? Just giving your last name… opens a door to a living nightmare! Your heart is in the right place, however your ignorance of what is really happening is causing so, all so much needless suffering. Not to mention the corruption of funds collected by the State and custodial (adulterous) live in parents.]
The looming crisis stems from a deficit-reduction bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut more than $400 million from the Texas child support program over the next four years. At a minimum, these cuts will require my office to reduce child-support enforcement staff by more than half. This drastic reduction in our workforce would, in turn, lead to a nearly $3 billion drop in estimated child support collections over that four-year period.
This would be tragic for Texas children and families, especially considering the success we have seen in recent years. Last year, the men and women in our Child Support Division collected a record $1.8 billion in child support that benefited Texas children, an 83 percent increase since 2000.
[There you said again, “success… collected a record $1.8 billion…” And what did it buy? What child receives over $25 a week in clothes, food, books, toys, entertainment…??? Show me one and I will show you a very spoiled child. P.S. The money that the State skims off the top of a child support payment, would it be fair to say that it is at least .01? Anyone have a calculator to multiply $1.8 Billion x .01 cent??? Nice! Pennies really do add up don’t they?]
As a conservative, I fully support the House’s goal of cutting the federal budget, but this is not the way to do it. Not only would it crush Texas children and families who depend on this money, but it would actually increase the overall amount of taxpayer money spent.
[Yes, maybe one of the custodial parents will have to go and get a job. Maybe curb their appetite for drugs and alcohol. Possibly stay at home with the child/ren????]
Child support helps taxpayers by keeping many people off welfare. Social policy researchers estimate that state child support programs helped lift more than a million Americans out of poverty in 2002 alone.
[THIS IS A LIE! Child Support is being forced because these people are STILL RECEIVING WELFARE. Don’t lie. If they weren’t on Welfare, Child Support wouldn’t “legally be mandatory and enforced by Federal Law.” Your a Conservative? What the hell is Government doing involved in Family matters?]
In Texas, half of the families we serve subsist on low incomes. The child support we collect helps these single moms and dads feed their children, put clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads. Without it, many would slip into poverty, forcing them to turn to public assistance.
[Most of these single moms and dads aren’t working, by choice, and are only single on paper. They have partners with no legal marriage certificate and want it that way so they CAN COLLECT WELFARE. “put clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads???” you are kidding right? This system is CHILD SUPPORT! NOT ADULT SUPPORT!]
According to estimates by my office, the proposed $400 million in cuts to the Texas child support program would trigger an almost $2 billion increase in temporary assistance for needy families, food stamps and Medicaid. Clearly, cutting child support isn’t the way to truly trim the federal deficit.
Moreover, the House’s plan would undermine one of the few federal programs that is running well. Nationally, child support programs collect $4.38 in child support for every dollar spent. (Texas collects almost $7 for every dollar spent.) In fact, the President’s 2006 budget cited federal child support enforcement as one of the highest-rated of all government programs.
[Running well? You aren’t listening to what is really going on in this outrageous and putrid system! Again, I believe your heart is in the right place; Father Bless. But STOP, LISTEN and see what is really happening. “What you have done unto the least of my bretheren, you have done unto me…” Ring a bell? I have a question: Who is paying for that $7? Not the tax payer…]
Beyond the dollars and statistics, though, is the fact that parents who pay their child support are more likely to be involved in their children’s lives. Parents who pay their child support and are engaged in their kids’ upbringing give them a better chance of success in life. The Texas child support program bolsters these parent-child connections and the proposed federal cuts would undermine them.
[Be involved? This child who is not biologically mine, is not allowed to come see me. That decision has nothing to do with the courts, that is the decision of the mother or one of the boyfriends she is living with. Your words sound so good to the people who are not involved in the Child Support System, (or should I say Adult Support System?), but those words are so far from the Truth it isn’t funny. And we know Who the Truth is don’t we?]
The silver lining in this cloud is that the bill hasn’t made it out of Congress yet. The Senate passed its own version of the deficit-reduction bill that avoided the cuts made by the House. Negotiators from both chambers will be meeting soon to hammer out the differences between the two versions and when they do, I hope they will realize the wisdom in keeping child support funding at full strength. Compromise is not an option.
Most Texans agree it is important for the federal government to trim its budget, but Texas children should not be the target of cuts. Congress should take a hard look at the devastating effect these cuts would have on a million Texas children, and then reverse course.
[If you took cases and looked at them individually, stopped skimming off the billions of dollars collected, collected money to support the Children and not the adults, charged no more then $25 a week for the children and not for parents clothing and roofs over their heads; then maybe this system wouldn’t be such a mockery of the U.S. Constitution. Maybe it wouldn’t be such an ineffable crime which some level in Government has done well to keep secret to those who are not personally involved in such a horrific system. Then maybe those who enforce this Child Support System can say they have done something good by our Children and done good by Our Father!]
Let’s not rob our children of their future. We must eliminate any cuts to the child support system.
[Too late. The Child Support System has been robbing them all along! And I pray those involved didn’t know what they were doing…
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