Spittin’ in the Wind
There’s a term, “****ing in the wind” which we’ll interpret as “spitting in the wind” and save our potty mouth for some more entertaining subject. The term refers to an activity in which one is covered in one’s own expectorate.
Congress recently renewed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment act. There were family advocates who struggled to have the bill killed, and that’s the perfect definition of spitting in the wind.
Because the families of the people who pass our laws rarely find themselves involved in a child welfare case, they simply can’t imagine that it couldn’t be a good thing. They can’t imagine a bandwagon about protecting children that they shouldn’t leap on.
Further, there are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs relying on the act being renewed. Those jobs beget a powerful lobby, one with credentials.
On the other hand, most of those who are subject to CWS attentions are poor. They rarely have the credentials to speak against the bill. Their attempts are not only useless, they are self-harmful. Since many of those begging to have the bill die in Congress have a “history” with child services, they are automatically negated. They have less than no standing, their standing is a negative one, they have “history”.
When you understand CWS as being about money meaning good jobs with retirement, it becomes clear that appeals to liberty, or consanguinity, or even pragmatism, are whispers against the mighty wind all those federal dollars make.
To complicate matters, killing the bill would create havoc at first. Foster kids would be sent back to families that can no longer accommodate them, and no longer know them. Kids with very serious problems would no longer receive care. It would again be left to cops to intervene in families where only competent social workers should go.
As much as freedom from the system sounds like a dream, what we should really hope for is that the system be trimmed back, and be less punitive to parents and destructive to families. Eliminating the funding all together is not only a political impossibility, it’s a potential social disaster.
There is no doubt, the system as it is now is broken; it’s myopic to the damage it causes, it’s pretentious about its ability to “help” and it’s purposefully blind to the nature of human existence. The remedy, though, isn’t to dismantle it, it’s to properly context it. We can’t expect that to happen in Washington D.C. It’s actually a local problem.
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