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
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.