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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Why Does Government Reward Irresponsible Behavior?
From Yahoo News:
Man who fathered 30 kids says he needs a break—on child support
Desmond Hatchett (YouTube)
And you thought Octomom had her hands full—a Tennessee man who has fathered 30 children is asking the courts for a break on child support.
Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville has children with 11 different women, reports WREG-TV.
The state already takes half his paycheck and divides it up, which doesn't amount to much when Hatchett is making only minimum wage. Some of the moms receive as little as $1.49 a month. The oldest child is 14 years old.
Hatchett explains how he reached such a critical mass: He had four kids in the same year. Twice.
Back in 2009 when Hatchett was in court to answer charges that many of the mothers were not receiving child support, he had 21 children. At the time, he said he was not going to father any more kids, but he ended up having nine more in the past three years.
The state cannot order Hatchett to stop making babies. He hasn't broken any laws, according to the report.
This story is disturbing is a variety of different ways. Here are a few points to consider:
1. The man cannot afford to take care of himself.
2. There are many women who willfully accept a man who cannot take care of himself nor his children.
3. These women willfully copulate with this man to create more children.
4. Undoubtedly, these women will raise children who do not have a fair chance in life. So will go on to create more poverty...
5. Undoubtedly, these single parent families will go on to burden the welfare system.
6. These children will show up in classrooms where a teacher will try to do his best with whatever is sitting in the desk.
7. Who is paying for the healthcare of these children?
8. Who is paying to feed these children, and the parent/s?
9. Can these children be adopted out to good families?
10. Are any of these families in the counsel of a religious institution?
In essence this case should become public debate, and it should be part of the political discussion between Presidential candidates. Government cannot continue to reward the wrong type of behavior. Instead of more jails, more cops, more social workers, and more under-preforming schools maybe someone should consider a real solution to this problem?