Not only has George W. Bush proven himself to be absolutely incompetent at running a war, running a country, foreign policy and speaking English, he has added another nail to the coffin of the fallacy that he can do anything right fiscally or socially.
Bush slashed funds to child support enforcement in his Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. These cuts went into effect on October 1, 2007. There currently is a bill in the U.S. Senate, the Child Support Protection Act of 2007, which would, if passed, restore these funds.
What would it mean if the funding is not restored? According to the National Women's Law Center, in 2006, the child support program collected $24 billion for 17 million children-a fourth of the nation's children. For every 74 cents the federal government spent on the program, it collected $4.58 in private child support dollars. This is money that single parents, usually mothers, can use to provide for their children and raise their families out of poverty. It is also money that doesn't need to be spent in entitlement programs, such as welfare, Medicaid and food stamps.
Not only does this program collect child support from deadbeat parents, it helps impoverished and/or unskilled parents gain the skills necessary to attain and maintain viable employment so that they can help support their children.
So, if you would like Congress to exhibit uncommon common fiscal sensibility, contact your U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman, and encourage them to pass the Child Support Protection Act. If you do, you'll have already done more than George Bush to make this country a better place.