The idea of forcing those who want unemployment benefits or government subsidize like welfare or food stamps to first pass a drug test is nothing new.
But forcing a custodial parent to pee in a cup to get child support payments? Well, that definitely is.
Drug testing for child support is the brainchild of Iowa Republican Senator Mark Chelgren, who thinks it’s the next logical step after testing anyone getting public assistance.
Raw Story reports, “Chelgren submitted the measure as an amendment to a budget bill currently before the Iowa state senate. He claims the idea for the proposal came from an unidentified constituent who was concerned that his ex wife was using child support money to buy drugs. Under the provision, payers of child support would be able to have their former partners tested for drugs every six months if they were willing to cover the costs associated with testing.”
This might lead you to wonder if the good senator is married? Yes he is, and with children. Children that he is so concerned about that he has fought for parental rights to ensure kids stay out of state run preschools, because they could be “indoctrinated” there. “[T]he Chinese are taking 2- and 3-year-olds and educating them. And as a student of history, I also know the Nazis, the Soviets, a whole variety of groups, a whole variety of countries, take their children because it’s not just up to age six they’re so malleable. The day after they’re born is when they learn the most percentage-wise. And so what question I have for this body and the question I have in general, if it is all about indoctrinating a child, I would use the exact same arguments that the Nazis used, that we should take children immediately, as soon as we recognize they have potential. What I would challenge with us instead is to put the responsibility on the parents. Because it is parents’ responsibility and families’ responsibility to make sure that in the formative year of growing the child, they are taught the values and they are taught and educated by their families and they have that bond, that maternal and paternal bond, that is developed during that time. It is not the role of this government to take that away from families and replace it with an indoctrination process by teachers.”
But Chelgren is a huge fan of parental rights. In fact, he even sponsored “A concurrent resolution urging the members of the Congress of the United States to propose a parental rights amendment to the Constitution of the United States for submission to the states for ratification.”
Parents, according to Chelgren, should have complete control over how they raise their children, and with absolutely no interference from the government.
Unless, of course, you are a divorced spouse (and most likely, mother) trying to support your children and want financial support from your ex. Then you need to prove yourself to the government — and your ex — first.
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