The Child Support Industry: Socialism With A Sexist Twist

Everything you need to know about “child support” is in this essay.

The Child Support Industry: Socialism With A Sexist Twist

September 30, 2002 | Gerald L. Rowles, Ph.D.

Child Support, an overvalued idea, has its roots in Roosevelt’s New Deal (1933). It was his political answer to the worst financial collapse in American History (Stock Market Crash and the ensuing Great Depression). It was an ideology through which he exploited class divisions between wealth and poverty in order to generate massive expansion of Federal agencies and centralized government power. Within this agency expansion was the Works Progress Administration, which was the master agency for, among others, “welfare grants for local distribution (including aid for dependent children).” This was the beginning of the welfare state.
Three decades later, it was President Lyndon B. Johnson, who, in the sixties massively expanded the child support industry under the auspices of the Great Society programs. The delusory idea that it was within the State’s authority, using your tax money, to support both legitimate and illegitimate children (AFDC) and their mothers (not fathers) was born. In part it was driven by the political fear of the rising civil rights movement.
Tragically, it dealt a deathblow to the nuclear black family in America. Prior to the expansion of this program in the sixties, the nuclear black family was well established, with 67% of black children living with both parents. In a steady downward progression over the next 35 years following the expansion of the welfare State, the status of the two-parent black family was decimated to a mere 33%.
And it was accomplished ideologically with a deliberate lie. The Great Society leviathan, displacing all of its liberal guilt, transferred the blame for the poverty of the black minority on the male head of the house (shiftless, lazy) and declared war on the black family with the “no-man-in-the-house” rule.
Welfare workers conducted midnight intimidation raids on black welfare homes to assure that welfare recipient women and their children were not sharing their homes with fathers or boyfriends. Never mind that the real reason for their poverty was racism and a preference for hiring black women over the bête noireblack male.
This was the State program that gave birth to that strawman, the “deadbeat dad.”

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