Originally posted by chiefsmom
Also, what state does not go after the fathers when you are on assistance? It isn't even your choice, the state takes over.
31-10-2012 by chiefsmom because: sp
It is true that by the child's second year the state steps in and demands payment unless the parents are married. They go after deadbeat moms too.
Whichever parent is not the custodian or "primary caregiver" gets the bill.
However, nothing guarantees that the payments will be made. Delinquency of child support payments can result in incarceration, but this rarely
happens. The logic being that if a parent is jailed then they are unable to work, thus realistically cannot pay what is owed to the primary or the
state. (a good chunk of child support goes toward court costs, or a state administration fee.)
About the only real consequences to not paying child support are the denial of passport privilege and having your income tax return sent straight to
the state capital instead of your mailbox. There are exceptions of course, but most delinquents just get hauled into court, a finger wagged at them by
a judge, and made to cough up an amount of payment nominal to the balance owed or they spend the night in lockup. If unemployed, they might be court
ordered to get a job within x number of days. (30 seems to be a popular number downtown.)
It is easy to track down most delinquents through income tax claims, but its also easy to find a cash-on-the-barrel job or just sell dope.
I'm not sure how it goes in other states, but there are so many delinquent cases that the state outsources a private collection agency to hound them.
They can only refer a case to the courts. It doesn't mean anything ever really happens. Even still, a delinquent parent can just throw a few bucks at
the bureaucracy (a legitimate bribe) to put them off the trail. Kind of like how sending $20 bucks to a credit company as payment on a $20,000 debt
will get them to stop calling for a while...
Regarding the OP:
Freeloaders probably are the majority benefiting from welfare. Disability aside, there is no discernible reason why most of the people in line at the
welfare office shouldn't be at work. Even still, most of disabled people that I've encountered are still able and willing do some kind of work.
I've been by the welfare office. Most people there seemed to be in fairly good health in spite of eating from a McD's bag while waiting for their
case worker. If most of these folks are smart enough to to fill out the paperwork, determined enough to wait in line for hours on end, and have the
strength to bear offspring or even walk across the street for a combo meal (and stomach it)... then surely there is something they can do to not be a
drain on society.
Why aren't most of these folks factory workers? (rhetorical question)
What should be done to challenge the situation? (Please don't say "vote".)
Many would argue the simple answer is to abolish welfare altogether. Is that even a realistic option?
As far as education goes... well, you can lead a horse to water...