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ACFC ANALYSIS - The War on Fathers Continues
Thanks to Michael Austin for spotting this notice that DHHS intends to continue with business as usual in the War on Fathers, wasting millions on stupid band-aid programs to deal with problems that feminoid government bureaucrats largely caused in the first place.
Particularly disturbing is Thompson's focus on the prison industry. In Wisconsin, the prison industry was one of Thompson's main sources of campaign contributions, and we shouldn't be surprised to see him now crafting family policy based on an assumption of criminalization of fatherhood. But this is really sick. America has a prison population comparable to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, and except for gas ovens it might be fair to call Thompson the Adolf Eichmann of America. About 6 million fathers are in prison or "in process" through the system, and that doesn't count about 2 million fathers a year processed through county jails on "child support" charges. Most of the programs below are designed for the sole purpose of making that criminalization process "more efficient."
Reality is that fathers can't get divorced in America without being subjected to a felony extortion threat of arrest that is now standard operating procedure of the child support gestapo. In sheer numbers, the American fatherhood concentration camp system is far worse than Eichmann's ever was. It could be argued that his gas ovens were actually more humane than the living hell of spending the rest of your life in monitored slave labor while the government continually sabotages your relationships with your children. Small wonder that 5,000 to 10,000 fathers a year are now committing suicide as a direct result of this mass insanity - the wonder is that aren't more.
We have often noted that previously national family policy was crafted around a welfare model of family policy (as if all families were a potential target for welfare bureaucrats), but Thompson is now crafting national family policy around a concentration camp model of fatherhood (as if all fathers were potential targets for the prison industry). This is an extremely serious turn for the worse at DHHS. Shalala was a feminoid disaster, but as a crypto-fascist, Thompson is a far more dangerous enemy of the American people.
You'd think that the disasters of 9-11 might have caused these idiots to re-think the abominable way this country has treated fathers for the last thirty years. But no such luck, not even the collapse of the World Trade Center is enough to get through their thick skulls, that this kind of passive-aggressive feminization of America has been an utter and complete disaster. All we hear from them are the same stupid lies that they are doing this for "children and families", when they know perfectly well that the bureaucracy still keeps 92% of the "child support" they collect in the most needy low-income cases, and the "families" they claim to help are not families at all, but single-mother households created and subsidized by the massive government welfare programs that were only available if the father was driven out of the home, and the lives of his children. Is this any way to treat the heroes of 9-11? We think not.
Lest anyone misunderstand, this position is not opposition to child support per se. As studies have repeatedly shown, the best assurance that child support will be paid in full and on time, is when the amounts are fair and reasonable (reflecting equity and equal responsibility for both parents), and when both parents are assured of an equal and meaningful role in the lives of their children. Until America adopts a rebuttable presumption of 50-50 shared parenting as the norm in divorced and unmarried parentage, all of these band-aid programs are just throwing good money after bad.
If these deadbeat bureaucrats really wanted to help children and families, they would grant fathers the same right to be in the family that women have been granted in the workplace, and insist that the U.S. Attorney General start filing class action lawsuits in every state to end the unconstitutional sub rosa "tender years" doctrine that drives so many fathers out of the lives of their children, and undermines so many intact families by the siren song promise and pack of lies to mothers that the "government is here to help them."
To any mother tempted by these lies we say this, "Keep your eye on the money!" No matter what these bureaucrats tell you, two homes cannot be maintained as cheaply as one. If you get suckered by their pack of lies, your personal standard of living will plummet by half, and most of your former family net worth will disappear in into lawyer and court fees. Meanwhile, the bureaucrats will hand out more and more money in worthless programs that will benefit nobody but bureaucrats themselves, exactly as described below. You'll get taken to the cleaners, and your children will suffer worst of all from the pack of lies of DHHS bureaucrats.
For millions of years before government arrived on the scene to "help", fathers cared about their children as much as mothers. The welfare model created social chaos by driving fathers out of the home with the "man in the house" rule. Having created massive social chaos by treating all families as potential targets for welfare bureaucrats, now Thompson arrives on the scene to drive the last nail in the coffin of American families, by treating all families as potential targets for the prison industry.
If DHHS really wants to serve America in its hour of need, they could draft all these deadbeat bureaucrats into a Social Service Corps and send them to Afghanistan. If they can create as much social chaos in Afghanistan as they already have in America, it would make a valuable contribution to the war effort.
To President Bush we say that despite all the ravages of deadbeat bureaucrats of the last thirty years, the fatherhood movement is one of the greatest reservoirs of patriotism left in America. But it's hard to ask fathers to be enthusiastic about a government that continues to steal their children, and criminalize fatherhood itself. If you really want to unite America in a war against terrorism, one of the best ways would be to end police state terrorism against fathers by deadbeat bureaucrats in our own government.
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U.S. Newswire September 28, 2001
HHS Awards Funds To Promote Child Support Improvements To: National Desk Contact: John Allen of the ACF Press Office, 202-401-9215
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the award of more than $1.8 million in research and demonstration grants to 12 states to support innovative programs for strengthening and improving the child support program.
"Increasing child support collections is vital for the millions of children in need, and these fresh approaches from the states hold great promise for improving the lives of our children," Secretary Thompson said. "Ultimately, these projects will help us turn the best ideas of our governors and state officials into real-life answers for children and families across America."
The projects will examine a number of broad areas. For example:
-- Texas will provide training to young, low-income fathers to enhance their ability to pay child support and improve their parenting skills.
-- Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming will use technology to improve overall management of their child support programs through improved use of data.
-- Illinois will provide services to formerly incarcerated fathers to assist them to become more financially and emotionally connected to their children.
-- Missouri will work with incarcerated fathers to improve their financial and emotional support of their children.
-- South Carolina will collaborate with local community and faith-based groups to provide early intervention services to fathers to improve their payment of child support and their connections to their children.
-- Minnesota and New Mexico will better serve a previously underserved population, the non-English speaking such as those fluent in Spanish or Hmong.
-- New Jersey and Virginia will both work with community-based service providers to increase child support program outcomes for children.
"These grants serve the highest goal -- to better the lives of children. By funding new approaches and enlisting the talents of community and faith-based organizations, we will strengthen the child support program," said Dr. Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., assistant secretary for children and families. "Projects such as those funded today will provide new knowledge regarding the vital importance of an effective child support program."
In addition to the support offered by these grants, President Bush has also proposed a new $64 million program designed to help fathers financially support their children and provide the emotional and psychological support their children need.
The demonstrations require an evaluation. The grants will cover a substantial portion of the special projects' costs with the remaining costs coming from other federal child support enforcement funds. Each grantee also will contribute at least 5 percent of the total cost of the project.
A listing of grant recipients follows:
-- Illinois Department of Public Aid, A Collaborative Effort with the Department of Corrections and Community Based Agencies to Promote Family Self-Sufficiency, $193,268
-- Minnesota Department of Human Services, Examining the Role of Language-Specific Child Support Workers in Improving Performance and Customer Satisfaction, $62,500
-- Missouri Department of Social Services, Incarcerated Fathers Collaboration Project, $192,607
-- New Jersey Department of Human Services, A Collaborative Effort to Promote Healthy Families, $127,600
-- New Mexico Department of Human Services, Comprehensive Outreach Supporting Paternity and Support Order Entry, $217,667
-- South Carolina Department of Social Services, Early Intervention to Enhance Fatherhood Initiative, $106,801
-- Texas Office of the Attorney General, The Bootstrap Project- Mediation, Partial Child Support Reimbursement, and Jobs Program, $105,245
-- Vermont Agency of Human Service, Data Warehousing and Data Mining, $199,941
-- Virginia Department of Social Services, From Case Number to Client: Reducing Barriers to the Collection of Child Support Through Interagency Collaboration and Case Management, $100,000
-- Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Building a Longitudinal and Predictive Child Support Knowledge Management System: A Data Warehousing and Data Mining Project to Build the Capacity of Washington State, $200,000
-- Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin's Child Support Data Mart, $166,619
-- Wyoming Department of Family Services, Using Data Warehousing to Improve Children's Medical Coverage and Management Effectiveness in Wyoming's IV-D Program, $124,993
--- Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.
KEYWORDS: GOVERNMENT, AWARDS/APPOINTMENTS, YOUTH -0- /U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/ 09/28 11:30
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