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Absurdistan in America by Stephen Baskerville PhD

Absurdistan in America by Stephen Baskerville PhD

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In Iowa, the government has confiscated the savings of 11-year-old Rylan Nitzschke. Rylan saved $220 from chores and shoveling snow, but that now belongs to Iowa. Why? Rylan’s father allegedly owes child support (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
In Iowa, the government has confiscated the savings of 11-year-old Rylan Nitzschke. Rylan saved $220 from chores and shoveling snow, but that now belongs to Iowa. Why? Rylan’s father allegedly owes child support (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

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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
WashingtonTimes
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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Absurdistan in America by Stephen Baskerville, PhD
These are grandparents, second wives, or other relatives, who can beforced to disclose and part with their savings to government officials.In California, minor boys raped by adult women must pay child supportto the criminals who raped them. "State law entitles the child to supportfrom both parents, even though the boy is considered the victim of statutory rape," the district attorney's office says. One boy was druggedbefore the sex. Kansas courts have likewise held that "the issue of consent to sexual activity under the criminal statutes is irrelevant in acivil action to determine paternity and for support of a minor child bornof such activity." So much for not letting criminals profit from theircrimes.
 
The elderly can also become targets of rape-for-profit. A disabled 85-year-old man, sexually assaulted by his housekeeper and awardeddamages for the assault, was ordered to pay her child support, and hispension was garnished. The court denied him access to the child.
 
According to the Keystone Cops who enforce child support, a "child" isnot a dependent minor but any recipient of their chivalry. "We've gotsome 40- to 45-year-old ‘kids’ running around who are owed childsupport," says Nick Young, enforcement director in Virginia. In Ohio, a77-year-old great grandfather who had always paid on time was told heowed $45,000 in back child support and had his wages garnished, eventhough his youngest child was 46 years old.In Canada, runaway children sue their parents for child support. InCalifornia, a 50-year-old divorce lawyer successfully sued his ownparents for child support because, he said, depression rendered himunable to work. Startlingly, such suits were probably intended by alegislature dominated by trial lawyers. Judge Melinda Johnson observedthat the statute is "unambiguous," and an attorney notes, "The statutedidn't come about by accident."
 
In Canada and Australia, stepfathers are now ordered to pay thecustodians of their stepchildren. Stuart Miller of the American FathersCoalition comments wryly that such rulings open the door to multiplemarriages to obtain multiple child support proceeds from multiple menwithout the inconvenience of multiple children. In fact, this is alreadyhappening, as judges allow "double-dipping," whereby both thebiological father and stepfather are ordered to pay full child support tothe same custodian for the same children.
 
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Child support has little to do with providing for children. Its purpose isto redistribute money – and power – among grown-ups. Iowa officialssay the only way Rylan’s father can prevent the looting of Rylan’ssavings in the future is to give the boy's money to the adult withcustody.
 
But the miracle is that Rylan bothers with chores at all. Rylan’s father"owes" his son money, according to the government, not because Rylanearns it through hard work but because his mother divorced the old man.Rylan can simply demand the money of his father, and the state willmake him cough it up. Why teach youngsters to work when you canteach them to sue.
 
Indeed, some states now force fathers to pay college tuition. So kids,don’t work to save for college or study hard for a scholarship. If you canconvince your mother to divorce your father, the government will forceDad to pay at the barrel of a gun. Once fathers can be forced to pay lawschool tuition the machine will be completely self-financing.
 
States create instant deadbeats simply by increasing burdens. InVirginia, the author of sharply increased guidelines, William Rodgers of William and Mary College, tells officials that if they do not like hisformula, he would "create a schedule to suit." Presumably Dr. Rodgersproposes the guidelines he considers fair and reasonable. But if Virginiaofficials prefer guidelines that are not fair and reasonable, he canprovide those too. This is Groucho Marx government: "Those are myprinciples. If you don’t like them, I have others."
 
Thus does child support simultaneously corrupt both public ethics andprivate morals, turning children into cash prizes and even "cash crops."One girl tells a Toronto newspaper of her savvy career plans: "I'm goingto marry a really rich guy, then divorce him," she says. "But first I'mgoing to have his kids, so I get child support."
September 24, 2003Stephen Baskerville, PhD, [send him mail] teaches political science at  Howard University.
Copyright © 2003 Stephen Baskerville
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