Absurdistan in America by Stephen Baskerville, PhD
Absurdistan in America
by Stephen Baskerville, PhD
In Iowa, the government has confiscated the savings of 11-year-oldRylan Nitzschke. Rylan saved $220 from chores and shoveling snow,but that now belongs to Iowa. Why? Rylan’s father allegedly owes childsupport (to Rylan), and his father’s name was on the boy’s bank account.
OK, so this is a mistake, and Iowa will return the boy’s savings, right?Wrong. State officials have no intention of returning the money. Afterall, they receive federal funds for each dollar they collect (and for eachfather they incarcerate). Rylan’s piggy bank helps balance the budget.
As Congress prepares to pass the Welfare Reform bill, the
reports that child support enforcement officials are ecstatic overprovisions that will allow them to plunder and criminalize more citizens,using children as the justification. Yet no evidence indicates that thereis, or ever has been, a problem of unpaid child support other than thatcreated by the government. The child support "crisis" consists of littlemore than the government seizing people’s children, imposing patentlyimpossible debts on parents (and others) who have done nothing to incurthose debts, and then arresting those who, quite predictably, cannot pay.
Now this dishonest and discredited hoax is creating a Western version of "Absurdistan" – the name given by East European dissidents to theSoviet dictatorships that were not only repressive but, at times, simplybuffoonish.
West Virginia officials cleaned out the bank account of an 85-year-oldgrandmother whose son allegedly owed child support. The son paid innone of the $6,450 taken from the account, which comprised her lifesavings. She was also charged a $75 processing fee.
Canada has a name for such grandmothers: "deadbeat accomplices."
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