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Oregon Shows its Heart by Arresting 'Delinquent' ParentsPolitical Perspective by: Tim King Salem-News.com
How does Oregon benefit by taking a parent who can't pay their bills, and placing them in an overcrowded taxpayer funded jail?
(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon's Attorney General says arrests of moms and dads in the Portland area and a new Website are part of an effort to raise awareness about the importance of child support collection in Oregon.
I can only imagine how many hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on their new online presence; probably something Salem-News.com could have done for less than a grand; but then we don't have a tax base to operate with and thus have to be financially astute.
Of course that is the whole tone of the AG's new press release: financial responsibility.
Appreciate that this top legal agency for Oregon doesn't give two cents about the rampant racial and criminal corruption that has a hold on our prison system like Superglue.
We report on this subject constantly, endless thousands are increasingly aware of the very serious crimes taking place within Oregon's penal system since the 1970's without abatement, and yet this is the way Oregon's heavily funded AG's office uses its time and energy; getting federal agents to go after parents who are behind in child support.
I suspect that many in Oregon don't even realize that people here are arrested for being behind in child support. No children are directly suffering in this event; these are debts that the state believes it is owed because, generally, one of the parents was on state aid. It is about recouping bucks for the state coffers.
Nothing like chasing California's tail I guess. That state has been arresting parents for decades.
From the AG's press release:
Nice, so now we are using federal agents to arrest parents who owe the state a few thousand bucks. It isn't hard to see the direction we are going in. It is frightening to know that these are the priorities. Again, we know there are far more pressing matters for any agency charged with making Oregon legal and safe.
From the press release:
That means that all of the money spent establishing this super important online presence for Oregon was poorly spent. This state can't get it right the first time, but were the people who originally designed the site; who lacked the skill to do it properly, reprimanded?
What kind of people are making decisions in these areas?
This nation has been in a high tech mode for decades; is it not possible to design a Website properly in the first place?
It looks like there is one high tech aspect to the new plan, but it is once again all for money; so the state can shake working Oregonian parents loose of a few more dollars:
From the press release:
"Forced" is a fancy word for "chooses" and this state has so many bitter problems tied to its welfare program, the seizures of children from homes for needless reasons, etc., that it needs to address.
Instead the energy is directed on garnishing wages, which affects and impacts hard to find employment during the nation's worst recession since the 1930's.
This is a cruel time and Oregon is going after its own citizens in increasing ways. This operation involving numerous police and federal agents, resulted in exactly five arrests. Salem-News.com will not publish the names of the individuals because the whole notion of this 'operation' seem ridiculous, and we care about people. I will tell you that they owed between seven and seventeen thousand dollars, and there were both mothers and fathers arrested.
I guess I just know too many horror stories and that certainly has an impact in my thinking. I have in the last week, watched a friend suddenly fall under a child support order. I have seen mothers have to deal with this because their wealthy, abusive ex-husbands can easily win cases because they simply hire more expensive lawyers. Child support is often levied on parents who in all fairness, should not have to pay it.
According to Kroger's press release:
It seems odd that if the problem with these parents is so severe, that this statement was included with the news release:
The Division of Child Support is incredibly efficient; for every $1 it receives from the Oregon Legislature, it collects $38 for parents who are raising their kids.
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