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A  healthy premise to avoid cascading violations of father rights is to protect these rights from the start, that is to  recognize fathers the right to equal parenting during divorce proceedings. It looks that it might happen in the state of Tennessee, where a law establishing joint custody is currently being examined. Right now, either you work an agreement with your ex wife or you get the typical pittance of 20 % (one every other weekend and half vacation time) of parenting time with your children.

On the side of the foes of the law, one finds some women’s groups firmly hanging on a few decades of discriminatory family laws  hinging on the proprietary concept of the mother-child bond. These groups have a curious understanding of human rights: these are not to be expanded to the human kind, but ought to be restricted to women’s  exclusive benefit.

Will a law of this kind ever be examined in sleepy New York State?

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I  am one of the few that would trade the current US health insurance mess  against any socialized health insurance systems – the

Rep. Bart Stupak, Dem (Michigan)

Canadian, the Australian, the French (pick one)- or any of the socialist ones – the British or the Cuban- any day, any time.

Maybe this water-down health care bill that will subsidize private health insurance companies’ profits and smooth out their worst business practices will finally pass.  With no public option that would really make a difference. And as Dennis Kucinich foresaw it, it has to pass, otherwise it will send the US to another twenty years of  social misery. This would bring us back to square one.

What really make me sick are these folks on the Democratic side that further blur the debate on health care on irrelevant issues . Like Bart Stupak, Democratic House representative of Michigan, who is eager to make sure that the bill does not force  private insurance companies to reimburse abortion and respect the sanctity of the unborn life. That’s really a non-priority in this current debate. Private insurance companies do not respect the life of the “born” and that’s why their financial health is so insolent. They could not be happier to respect at least the life of the unborn. It would not cost them a penny.

Is there anything commanding in the position of the pro-life democrats? I believe not. It all boils down to ” if you don’t share my values or my life style, I do not want to pay for you.” The old argument that has been so successful to kill any reform in the past.  If Bart Stupak does not want his wife to have abortion (who does?) it does not have to have it. It remains that abortion is a medical act and as such, it should be covered.

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I recently  heard on the radio that the definition of the poverty level is to be reviewed. The federal  poverty level is indeed based on an

Prisoners of War

old concept and even after adjustment for inflation, the poverty levels do not reflect what it means to be poor today.

But the New York State Child Support Enforcement Unit knows. It has its own, officious concept of poverty or rather a level of income beyond which it will not strip you off of everything you have. Let us introduce to the world  the  S.S.R. : Self Support Reserve. If you ask the Child Support Enforcement Unit why it takes more out of your income than the imbecile percentages defined by law, they will send you a form whereby you have to prove that the amount withheld on your income bring the latter below the SSR.  Everybody will immediately acknowledge the typical bias of New York State family laws: In family courts, you need to prove that you are not guilty. To the Child Support Enforcement unit, that you are not totally dying.

What is the SSR, the magical level that might trigger New York State’ s compassion? $14,620 a year. $1,218 a month. I guess this is the self support level if you live in the Adirondacks in a subsidized housing project and supplement your diet with a lot of apples that you pick on trees.

Why don’t New York State take the next step consistent with its perfect contempt for parental rights and his bureaucratic, Soviet like oppressive child support policy? Built State Non custodial State father camps, half way between New York and Albany.  Non custodial fathers would be transported to their work places and brought back every day to the camp by public transportation. Of course, the fare will be deducted from their SSR, as well as State determined rental fee for their bed in the camp. The bastards would spend what’s left from their SSR into State owned grocery stores.

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Family courts must render justice once in a while, I guess. When you are female, US citizen and well-off, you have better chances

Cirila Balthazar Cruz and daugher in Jackson Mississipi

to get it.  If you do not have all of these three characteristics, you are in trouble. Family courts are machines that step on parental rights and produce legal abductions. If you are an illegal migrant, that’s an aggravating circumstance.  As Cristina’s show on Univision documented it, the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) might separate you from your kids, then comfort you with the assurance that they will be placed in an affluent family. Or the INS might let family court deprive the illegal migrant  from her parental rights.  Jaspar County’s judge Dally gave Carlos Romero for adoption because his mother, Encarnación Bail Romero, was in jail facing deportation.

Cirila Balthazar Cruz is a Mexican immigrant who gave birth to a baby girl in Pascagoula (Mississipi) in 2008.  She does not speak English or Spanish but Chatino,  an indigenous language spoken in the Oaxaca region. Unfortunately, a social worker who had certainly missed his vocation as a customer representative in a private health insurance company, was working in the hospital. No english? Unfit to be a mother. It took the efforts of the Mississipi Immigrants Rights Assistance and the intervention of the Mexican government to reunite Balthazar Cruz with her daughter. Two years after the facts.

Family is supposedly a value in this country. Why is there such a density of incompetent people working in family courts, whose mess needs to be cleaned up?

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