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Nobody's Asking The Right Questions
There was a link on Men's News Daily to an article about a guy who lost his court bid to have his child support debt wiped out. He'd accrued the debt prior to getting custody of his kids, and argued that it was in the best interest of his kids that he not be forced to pay what he owed. Here's an excerpt from the story by Ann W. Parks in the Daily Record:

It was Harvey’s position, attorney Daniel L. Hatcher said Friday, that the best interest of the children standard should have carried the day — both in the court’s power to eliminate the arrearages and in the agency’s discretion to accept less than the full amount.

Since Harvey now has custody of his children, his state-owed debt now hinders his ability to, for instance, send them to college, Hatcher asserted.

“The Child Support Enforcement Agency, which you would think, is about helping and supporting children, is now going to make it harder for Mr. Harvey to continue to support his children,” Hatcher contended. “The continued collection activities are now against the household.”

What I want to know is: What made this man, who makes $11 an hour as a landscaper, think he was entitled to have four children? (Of course, the guy obviously gave no thought to this at all.) I, on the other hand, waited ten years to get a dog -- until I was sure I was stable enough financially to provide for it, and could take two months out to train it.

Maybe the "best interest of the child" is not to be born to parents who can't afford to take care of them.

You're poor? Wear a condom. At best, have one child. If you really, really must. Not four.

At best.

Posted by aalkon at October 22, 2005 12:11 PM

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No to mention if Mr. Moron had kept current with his child support he wouldn't have to worry about it. But no... Yeah let's make it alright to not pay for your kids, so that I have to.... And if and when you retain custody you don't have to pay me back. Yeah.. thats the ticket.

Simply amazing...

Posted by: Bret at October 22, 2005 3:46 PM

This guy wasn't terribly concerned about the best interest of his kids when he ran up that child support debt. Guess they were just supposed to wait to eat regularly, or get new shoes, until they moved back with dad.

Posted by: Melissa at October 26, 2005 8:31 PM

> You're poor? Wear a condom. At best, have one child. If you really, really must. Not four.

Better yet, why don't we just have everyone whose income falls below a certain threshold -- your salary, say -- sterilised? Or, if the horrible little proles do insist on having children, why don't we confiscate them and give them to proper decent rich people? It's not as if poor people even raise their kids properly: they buy them the most hideous clothes out of Wal-Mart and they all end up sniffing glue and appearing on Oprah, and they vote for the wrong people too, the ignorant scum.

Posted by: Squander Two at October 30, 2005 3:43 PM

Link test. Tell no one you saw me.

Posted by: Crid at November 6, 2005 9:59 AM

Sometimes, because of MT Blacklist, it won't accept comments with an elipses. I went through and tried to scrub all the spammer attempts to screw with the software by putting in elipses, but maybe I missed one. Bl0gspot addresses also won't work. I used a zero instead of an "o" there, so the word Bl0gspot went in. Otherwise it wouldn't.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at November 6, 2005 10:22 AM

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