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Drex, are you an anarchist? Like it or not, government is always going to be involved in our personal lives. The best we can hope for is that it be unbiased. There's the ideal, and then there's reality.
I hear what you're saying, Drex. I agree with you that bigger is rarely better. I'd like to see private charities take over most of the human services stuff, with maybe gov't oversight to monitor abuses. The problem is, who defines "abuse"? It's a very vague term.
I'd also like to see an end to affirmative action. Let the employer hire the person most qualified. If that person happens to be a white male, it doesn't mean there was any discrimination involved.
I don't know the answer. Revolution? I don't know how you make bureaucracy (that's a hard one to spell; had to look it up!) smaller.
I learned something in my tax class though. Alimony payments are deductible for the payer and have to be reported as income by the receiver. Child support doesn't count at all for income tax purposes.
So, sure SHE may not have to claim the CS as income, but that 1-2K child dependancy credit and the other goodies having an under aged, in school child in the home gives is just as good as an extra few bucks (on top of the CS) in the pocket....
I've never been divorced, so I didn't find this stuff out until just recently. I just thought it was cool about how the alimony has to be reported. And you KNOW the IRS double-checks that one.
You don't just put up video cameras in your home when you're living in peace and in a faithful relationship. You do it when you want to get out, or when you suspect that she wants YOU to get out. It's a means of establishing your credibility in the endgame of divorce and restraining order "kick-outs."