Is Child Support Enforcement a Business?
Amen Osiris claimed that child support falls under the executive branch of government and that the "establishment or designation of a single and separate organizational unit" (from Public Health and Welfare) in the US Code means agency contractors are used to that end.
Is the government similar to a for-profit corporation? The state is charged with enforcing child support orders, and contracting agencies for that purpose. What implications does this have for people who are processed as non custodial obligors?
For profit businesses typically deal in the exchange of commodities or services. The services provided by the contractor (Department of Health and Human Services) include child support enforcement. In order to receive federal funding, the contractor must render these services. Moral dilemmas aside, if the government is financing its own operation via the judicial branch, isn't there a conflict of interest when prosecuting non-custodial parents in civil court? Administering a support order is among the services required by the contract.
The court is under contract to render the service to the Child Support Enforcement Agency. That is motive to enforce support orders, like a lender services a debt. I'm not sure that this type of contract would motivate, for example, higher garnishment of wages. It certainly wouldn't motivate them to lower wage garnishment.
The support order is commensurate with the debt which is incurred by being a noncustodial parent, yet I do not see any contract which shows that any noncustodial parents previously agreed to the obligation of a debt. Private debt is a commodity which can be bought and sold. One can incur a debt by creation of a human being, which means that the creative rights of private citizen can earn them a stake in a market.
At what point does it become profitable to "sell" this debt? I have seen posters in this forum who claim that they have turned a profit by state funded abortions. That's not what I mean. If the public welfare is considered to enjoy sufficient government backing, e.g. financing programs like food stamps or TANF, are they the lender selling us back our own creative rights?
Originally Posted by apdst