Government Steps in to Fight Problems Caused by Government

I found some worthwhile news in the local paper. The Lansing State Journal has an article describing some new Michigan initiatives to address the problems of high divorce rates and fatherless children. These are indeed huge problems which correlate with high dropout and crime rates for children brought up in such families. My issue is with the idea that government initiatives are the answer to such problems. Are these issues for the all the collective of humanity to address or are these best left to the families themselves?

I can almost hear comrade Hillary in the background mouthing that it takes a village to raise a child. Yet it is all this village interference in families that has helped feed the divorce rate by passing legislation that rewards people for breaking the marriage contract and by making fathers obsolete by replacing them with a child support formula. Note, when the divorce rate was at an all time low there was not a single government intervention holding it together.

Not content with supplying the carrot for divorce government now wants to jump in on the other side to create programs teaching people about the dangers of it (the stick). Since the answer to every problem (even those created by government) is government, we now have the government working against itself by creating both incentive and disincentive for the same action. Rather than swallow the bird to swallow the fly my idea is for the state to not swallow anything in the first place and leave individuals accountable to themselves but what do I know? That wouldn’t exactly jibe with Michigan patterning itself after the USSR.

Read the State Journal article. If it doesn’t make you sick to your stomach there’s something wrong with you.

23 Responses to “Government Steps in to Fight Problems Caused by Government”

  1. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    “making fathers obsolete by replacing them with a child support formula” >
    DOn’t knock the friend of the court, They were an excellent surrogate father, I remember the times when the Friend of the Court taught me about life, walked me to school, played catch in the back yard and took me to a tigers game. Good times….

  2. Mexigogue says:

    Oh man, we need to make a video of that! Kind of like that “I’m just a bill” guy from schoolhouse rock!

  3. Linny says:

    sorry… all I can think about is crooked nipples

  4. Linny says:

    sorry… all I can think about is crooked nipples

  5. Linny says:

    okay, no, wait… I can’t let this pass without commenting…

    are you actually saying that the government is responsible for a human being making a decision to be (or not to be) in a childs life that they produced?

    come on… if a person is a moral person with any type of brain matter they know right from wrong and don’t need the government to help them figure it out (or not)or are not persuaded by the government to shirk their responsibilities… that’s a decision they make all on their own, blaming the government is just a cop-out.

    and… sorry for the double “nipple” post… I am impatient!!!

  6. Mexigogue says:

    I’m not saying the government is responsible for a person’s decisions, I’m saying that when government assumes inserts its own solutions it makes it possible for people to make bad decisions and put the onus on someone else.

  7. Mexigogue says:

    And BTW, I think you missed my point. I wasn’t talking about people who leave their families. There is no legal incentive in that. I’m talking about child support laws that reward the the parent who is awarded custody with $$$, even if the other parent wanted the child(ren). That’s a financial incentive for divorce.

    Ideally the person who files for divorce should be looked at with prejudice custody-wise because that is the person who is acting in the worst interest of the child (except in cases of abuse).

  8. Nice Rack says:

    It doesn’t matter what parent ends up with the child or who filed for divorce. What does matter is taking a double-income home down to a single-income home and knowing that there is no possible way to support children on that. My mom received $400 a month for two children from my father, and that barely covered the grocery bill, plus there are new clothes and shoes that kids grow out of in no time. Child support isn’t punishment for the parent who does not have custody. It is a way to ensure that each parent takes responsibility. Even then, there are plenty of parents who skip out on that responsibility. If all parents paid child support like they should, maybe there would be less people on welfare, which I must remind you that we are paying for.

  9. Mexigogue says:

    No. Even when parents pay child support the child is more likely to be raised in poverty than a child who is brought up in a two parent home. Paying child support isn’t being responsible, staying married when you have child is. Put another way, divorce and child support isn’t in the best interests of the children.

  10. Linny says:

    I did, sorta, miss your point… but regardless… my opinion stands. There are people out there (unfortunately hundreds of thousands) who are not very good people in many respects. Those people are not taking advantage of the government policies simply because they exist, they are taking advantage of them because THEY are not very nice people.

    I am not saying that I agree with the government on all things… I’m not THAT brain dead. But… I also don’t believe that they set policies so that people can be irresponsible or to help them be so.

    Just look at welfare… have more kids, get more money… HOW RIDICULOUS. Now… mind you, if it were me (a super nice person) I would never think of using the government in that way and I would appreciate any help I got, sincerely, and use it to improve my children’s lives, and my life. But those not-so-nice people could care less if they utilize the system in the way it is meant to be used. Now… is it the governments fault that the policy they set in place is abused? No… is it their fault that they do nothing about it when it is? ABSOLUTELY.

    btw… I’ve saved you as a “favorite” ‘cuz now I’m smitten with your rantings (and you can actually string a sentence together!) 🙂

  11. Mexigogue says:

    Linny, you need to have my baby.

    But for serious those people are of course culpable for taking advantage of the system. At the same time it’s not in our best interests as individuals to have government programs out there that people can abuse. Ditch the government solutions and let people sink or swim on their own merits. You would be surprised at how many of these things start actually swimming.

  12. Linny says:

    Send me your sperm… and… your money of course 🙂 I have a turkey baster that will take care of the rest 🙂

    I agree with your sink or swim LEFT WING CONSERVATIVE (oops did I say that out loud) theory…. really… even though I’m a liberal tree hugger who only eats chicken that grows on trees… I believe that people have lost the ability to care for themselves and their own. Again, not the fault of the government but definitly fueled by it. I do not believe that a person should be rewarded for having a child by the government in the form of another check… actually, they should be committed… children make you insane (no, really, they do just ask my other personality).

    I’m still not getting the whole connection between the divorce rate and the government but we can agree to disagree on that one. Personally, I think the divorce rate has a direct connection to (please don’t shoot me) women in the work force. Not that I’m against it, obviously, but the family unit is difficult enough without trying to keep it together while both parents are frazzled out of their minds. The “family” gets lost in the mahem (IMHO)… unfortunately… it’s difficult to get that 2 car garage and Sony Playstation without 2 incomes.

    But I ramble…

    Sooo… you live in Michigan? what a coinkydink.

  13. Don’t do it Mexi, Don’t send her the Sperm. If you are going to get somebody pregnant at least get the pussy a couple of times

  14. Mexigogue says:

    It’s all right. I missed the beaker anyway. Who in the hell has that kind of aim????

  15. Adrian says:

    I hate government interference.

    Their ideas are noble in principle, but they ALWAYS manage to get exploited and ironically end up hurting the ones tey are meant to protect.

    Damn Nanny State.

  16. Phelps says:

    Think about that Adrian. They are “noble in principle” but they ALWAYS — ALWAYS manage to get exploited? That’s like me saying, “man, I am really against drinking, but no matter which way I go home, I always happen to pass a bar, and next thing I know, I’m drunk.”

    I stopped buying this noble principles shit a long time ago. You can’t get evil results every single time when you start out with good intentions. My granddaddy would say something about woodpiles and people of African decent to finish that, but I’m above such references. (Since they would usually result in me getting my ass kicked.)

  17. Peggy says:

    Well, well. The fascinating mind of the Mexigogue lures another female in. You know, maybe you ought look into the inherent possibilities of attracting intellectually susceptable females with your mind instead of going for those shallow chicks interested only in your toned bod.

  18. Linny says:

    Linny SuperSpecialPerson is not interrested in anyone for their body (no really… really!!!) I am purely in it for the intellectual stimulation. Thus the reason for having him send the sperm rather than make the traditional deposit 🙂

  19. Mexigogue says:

    Man I was taggin’ dat frontal lobe like I don’t know what!

    Hmmm. . It just doesn’t sound the same.

  20. Adrian says:

    Sorry Phelps, I forgot to add the word “seem” to that sentence.

    My apologies.

    Ill proofread in future.

  21. Citizen Quasar says:

    Yes. It does make me sick.

    And one of the sickest parts is the Black Child and Family Institute. Never mind what the US Constitution says. It is OK to discriminate against white males like me and everybody knows it.

  22. Mexigogue says:

    I agree. Try and make a community-based organization called “The Cracker Advancement Institute” and see if all hell doesn’t break loose!

  23. David Duke says:

    I started the CAI and all I got was a nasty letter from Jesse Jackson. I don’t know what it said because I’m not going to handle it and catch his coloredness, but I’m sure it wasn’t nice.