Saturday, April 8, 2006

I Divorce Thee, I Divorce Thee, I Divorce January

When it came to marriage, divorce and family responsibility, Jesus advocated for the rights of women and children in a male-oriented culture that assigned them little more value than cattle. In the first century, to divorce his wife, and leave her without support or the ability to re-marry, a first century man just had to say, “I divorce thee; I divorce thee; I divorce thee.” Jesus’ teachings about marriage, and about poverty, reveal his opposition to this practice.

This year, the Georgia legislature did not show the same concern for moms, children or poverty. This session, the General Assembly passed sweeping child support legislation that met with significant opposition from custodial parents (mostly moms) who are likely to see substantial reductions in child support payments.

That legislation awaits the Governor’s signature, but, in a rather transparent and cowardly move, even if he signs it, the provisions will not be effective until January. This is, after all, an election year, and by some estimates, women will represent 60% of voters and could tip the election. Wouldn’t want to tip off that voting block, now would we?

(Here’s a bulletin, Sonny: we are already clear that the agenda of The Perdue Team does not favor women.)

Not only is this legislation unbelievably complicated, it also threatens to throw even more Georgia children into poverty. One of the more controversial provisions of this bill gives non-custodial parents monetary credit for time spent with their children.

Currently, more than one third of female-headed households in Georgia fall below the poverty line. The cost of maintaining a household is not reduced when a child visits with another parent, so this legislation, if signed into law, will make an already bad situation, much worse.

I found myself asking, what would Jesus have done? I think, certainly not this.


tribalecho said...

Amy. I introduced myself in another comment. Now that I've found you and you seem to really like Cox maybe you can answer my troubled mind about her. I have a problem with Cox because from earlier googling I have never been able to find her saying anything to address the mounting evidence that the electronic voting system has, ahem, problems. I wish she hadn't been the one to put it in as that makes her coming out for accountability difficult. But if she's the gal for me and for the democratic process she really needs to address this. The evidence is getting overwelming though I must admit, I thought it sounded like a crappy idea from the beginning. It's just like I don't want a computer controling a nuclear weapon in space. I don't need proof. I've been in a check-out line when the system went down.

Amy Morton said...

Glad to have you on the blog! This is an issue that I looked at long and hard before deciding to support Cathy. I certainly don't consider myself an expert of this, but I am convinced of Cathy's willingness to be proactive on the issues of voting accuracy and voter access. I have posted a recent statement from her below. It is her response to the Carter-Bates Commission. I have read numerous statements from her on this and have also heard her address this in speeches. Cathy expressed support, this year, of the legislation that will test paper trails in 2006 in some Georgia counties, including Bibb.

I think that it is important to remember the context of Cathy's push for electronic voting in Georgia. In 2000, we all watched as the voting fiasco in Flordia played out, threatening a constitutional crisis and ultimately taking the outcome out of the hands of the voters and leaving the the United States Supereme Court to decide who would become president.

That same year, the voting problems in Georgia were just as significant, or more so, than in Florida, we simply were not subjected to the same scrutiny because the overall margin of the Bush win here was so much greater. Still, without uniform standards, 94,000 ballots in Georgia were "undervotes" or ballots where no presidential candidate was selected.

It was with that knowledge that Cathy, as SOS, began to advocate for the very best technology available at the time. Was it a risk for her to lead on this issue? Of course it was. But the alternative was to allow to continue an obviously broken system that failed to protect voter access and accurate votes. My understanding is that she has continued to upgrade the equipment, and that she does support a verifiable paper trail, provided the technology meets existing standards and will facilitate accuracy and access rather than limiting either.
From her website,, here's what she recently had to say:

In 2002, Georgia became the first state in the country to modernize its elections with statewide uniform electronic voting. Because of our bipartisan reforms, study after study has found that voting in Georgia is more accurate than ever before. But there?s no reason to rest on our successes.

I support paper receipts. We are pro-actively exploring options to modify and enhance Georgia?s voting system to provide a voter-verified paper trail that gives voters even more confidence in our voting process. In fact, Kathy Rogers, the director of my elections division, is currently working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the federal Election Assistance Commission to design a reliable system and establish standards for voter-verified ballots.

On a different subject, I echo the Carter-Baker Commission?s concerns about our state?s new restrictive photo-ID law … In the words of one dissenting Commission member ?An election with integrity is one that allows every eligible voter—and only eligible voters—the opportunity to cast a ballot and to have that ballot counted accurately. The Commission’s ID recommendation fails this standard.’

Finally, I am honored that the Carter-Baker Commission praised Kennesaw State University?s Center for Election Systems. Georgia was the first state in the country to found such a center, and I?m glad that the Carter-Baker Commission recognized the great value of a university-based center to study and guide elections.

The AJC has also weighed in with their take

Posted by: David McLaughlin
09:46 AM September 22

cmob said...

"Amy Morton said...
Admnistrative Note: You are welcome to post here, but failure to stay on topic, profanity and racial stereotyping will result in posts being edited or deleted. If you want to post on topics not addressed in the blog, then get your own blog. It's free.

5:21 PM "

:)I believe the topic is why men have to pay the lion share of child support without the mother having to have her income included.

tribalecho said...

Thanks Amy. Glad to hear that as I've never cared for Taylor. I cannot forget her dismissiveness of those trying to engage her on this before she was a visible candidate, but still glad to hear it.

I hope she intends to run against the Leg. Repubs as they are the showcase for what Sonny will do after he gets a second term. I think that's the main reason their nuttiest stuff didn't get through. Perhaps the power of public out-cry is much
exaggerated. I think Sonny's been able to hold back some who are not totally swathed in greed and sanctimony and I imagine their pay-off will be even more painful to the people of Georgia. Every Dem in the state should be talking about the Repub grab for private property, AS SOON AS THEY GOT IN OFFICE, everytime they open their mouths.

Yo! Cmob. Sorry. I usually stick by blog rules but intro's are somewhat different. And I was looking for real info not being a nat. Amy, ever considered an Open Thread once in awhile so readers can introduce a topic or make an OT comment?

Oh, and Cmob. If you ever make the transformation from nat to gadfly someone might engage you. About McKinney. I worked on her first campaign. I love her voting record, though she voted a bit conservative this term. And I've been sorta upset with her since the Majette campaign, and really upset lately. So what? Have you called for Delay or Rumsfeld to resign? Did it bother you when Bush made jokes about looking for WMD under the couch during that Press Club event? You know, while people were dying and the country was going broke, and losing it's damn BRAND?