Politically savvy Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has found a good way to ride to a higher office’beat up on “deadbeat dads.” Cox has led a highly-publicized campaign against Michigan fathers which has included prominent billboards boasting of jail time for fathers struggling with child support obligations.
However, according to a recent Family Independence Agency study, 87 percent of all Michigan child support arrearages are owed by those earning less than $10,000 a year.
Cox Pulls Billboard Campaign After Fathers’ Protests!
This week Cox took his campaign to a new low by announcing a contest to encourage custodial mothers to have their children draw billboard designs critical of noncustodial fathers who have allegedly not paid child support. According to the contest’s rules:
“Entries must be original submissions produced by the child him/herself. The Attorney General encourages parent involvement in discussing the issue and assisting in crafting the message and visual representation but the production of the image must be from the child alone. Entries must be electronic or hand-crafted visual representations that clearly convey the message of encouraging the payment of child support.” (Emphasis added).
In other words, custodial mothers are encouraged to coach their children to make designs critical of noncustodial parents behind on child support. And it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out which noncustodial father many mothers will be encouraging their children to denounce. In family law that’s called “Parental Alienation.” Many divorce decrees specifically instruct parents not to denigrate or badmouth the other parent in the presence of the children, and here the top law enforcement official in the state of Michigan is holding a contest which encourages parents to do this!
Glenn discussed the Michigan anti-father campaign on His Side with Glenn Sacks on October 3.
Glenn also discussed other topics, including: the boy crisis in education; Alec Baldwin’s custody battle; a lesbian custody fight; the Kobe Bryant case; some recent comments by David Blankenhorn; and others.
To learn more about Mike Cox’s assault on Michigan fathers, see:
- Showdown in Motown: Michigan Dads vs. Leader of ACES (4/18/04)
- Michigan Fathers Under Siege (3/7/04)
- It’s Child Support Guidelines that Need Surgery, Not ‘Deadbeat Dads’ (Cincinnati Post, Kentucky Post, 5/12/04)
- New Study Shows Child Support Guidelines in Need of Reform (Daily Breeze [Los Angeles], 6/20/04)
- New Study Punctures Myth of Uncaring Divorced Dad (Newsday, 6/23/03)
To learn more about the Boy Crisis in education, see:
- Start of School Very Different for Parents of Boys, Parents of Girls (Washington Times, 9/12/04)
- Why Males Don’t Go to College (She Thinks, 11/13/02)
- The Boy Crisis in Education–and What Can Be Done About It (9/14/03)
- Christina Hoff Sommers Criticizes Modern Schools’ Anti-Boy Culture (4/20/03)