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Soldiers Risking Their Lives in Iraq Might Face Prison
Over Child Support Upon Return
As America's servicemen risk their lives to protect their families and
the federal government is preparing to put them in jail.
That's right; you heard correctly. Most societies honor their
heroes. In America we punish them.
Soldiers who ship
off to Iraq risk not only their lives but arrest and jail
return. Those who accept a pay cut to defend their country can
incarcerated when they are unable to pay the impossible child
burdens imposed on them by the federal government's divorce
It is mind-boggling that servicemen who risk their lives to
protect us will
face arrest as they step off the plane. Yet this is
precisely what happened
after Desert Storm, and it will happen again this
The federal government has issued the usual PR smokescreen, urging
to contact their local child support agents to request a
such requests are almost never granted. Child
support fills government
coffers with federal taxpayers' money.
Governments have no incentive to
give these soldiers a break and plenty of
incentive not to.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that a
soldier whose domestic job pays
$31,000 must pay $900 a month in child
support. His reserve pay will reduce
his income to $27,000. The
Monitor neglects to point out that even at the
higher pay, this is about half
the man's take-home pay, and that he is
likely to be living on less than
$1,000 a month. Another father's child
support comprises 73% of his
income, leaving him $200 a month to live on.
Do we really believe that
these heroes are "deadbeat dads" who went to Iraq
to avoid paying child
support? If not, perhaps it is time we began to
examine whether the
entire child support system is anything other than a
fraud. If these
men are not "deadbeats," then who is? If these arrests
abuse of government power, why are not all the others?
protect our civilization from external threats will be pointless
if we allow
it to be undermined from within. How long do we expect men to
their lives and livelihoods for their country when their
their children and uses those children to extort huge
sums of money
from their fathers?
What kind of morale can we expect in our armed forces
when the same brave
men who risk their lives to protect their families from
terrorists are powerless to protect their families from invasion
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