One of the joys from the 2012 election included the forced retirement of a some of the more repugnant members of the incredibly horrible House of Representatives. Gone were the likes of Alan West, Todd Akin, and this blog’s favorite son of Illinois, Screamin’ Joe Walsh. However while stripping those fine gentlemen of their political power was a throughly good thing for America, it seems as if there are actually some negative repercussions to sending those assholes out to pasture.
In the case of Joe Walsh, being booted out of office after one term surprisingly did not provoke him into carefully reevaluating his beliefs and approach towards life. No instead Walsh (much like the constituents who elected him), seems to have somehow come to the understanding that he was not ENOUGH of an asshole when speaking to the public:
That’s some quality trolling their ‘hoss. Sadly for Walsh however is that Santorum took the last paying job at World Net Daily, leaving the former Congressman without a source of funds to pay his ex-wife the six figures he owes her in Child Support. Yup it seems like the man who frequently accused the President of “bankrupting the country” is having a bit of a cash flow problem:
“Joe’s employment has been terminated through no voluntary act of his own and he is without sufficient income or assets with which to continue to pay his support obligation,” the filing states. “Due to substantial change of circumstances, Joe requests that his child support obligation be terminated based on his present income and circumstances.”
“At one point, the filing asks to amend his payments to be equal to 20 percent of his income — which presumably is 20 percent of zero.”
Now not to get all “law-student-cum-blogger” on you, but (unfortunately) I’ve worked in the field of Child Support Law and I can confidently say that the “I’m broke” defense is usually a failing strategy for the Non-Custodial Parent. Furthermore given Walsh’s well documented history of avoiding paying his kids as well as the court hearings demanding that he pay support, it’s a bit surprising that he isn’t being found in contempt right now. To paraphrase Chris Rock, if Ex-Representative Joe Walsh was Joe Walsh the Ex-Con, his unemployment would be regarded as a voluntary refusal to pay and he would be in jail alongside the other deadbeat dads until he forked over a payment or two.
When I worked in a Child Support office in Tennessee we were frequently told to remind the deadbeat parents with expensive smart phones that their legal and moral obligation to their children held precedence over their data plan. For the sake of Joe Walsh’s kids as well as what is left of his reputation as a public figure after those tweets last week, perhaps it is time for the court to impound his iPhone.