Monday, January 30, 2006

Federal child support

Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks write:
Federal Child Support Enforcement Cuts Will Hurt Bureaucrats, not Children

Democrats, women's advocates, the National Governors Association, and child support enforcement officials are sounding the alarm over proposed cuts in the federal funds that subsidize states' child support enforcement efforts. The cuts, which recently passed the House, will reduce federal reimbursement from 66% of the states? costs to 50% over five years.
It would help children even more if the federal reimbursements were cut to zero. Here is another gripe:
Any GOP representative who votes against restoring the funds for child support enforcement should be attacked by his 2006 challenger as "anti-family" and someone who protects "deadbeat dads."
The federal program creates monetary incentives for busting up families, denying father visitation, and paternity fraud. It is not really even correct to call it child support enforcement because it does not enforce any money to be spent on supporting children. It only enforces mother (and father) support, and welfare agency reimbursement.