Letter to Joe Pags: Stand Up Guy OR Empty Talking Head

Dear Joe, 

Earlier this year I happened to be watching early morning TV news and you appeared on a regular spot. The Texas AG, Gregg Abbot had just had one of his big child support enforcement drives in San Antonio.  You commented to the affect that these  targeted men were irresponsible deadbeats and deserved everything they received.  I dismissed those statements as just another un-informed talking head spouting PC myth on topics which he has not researched and was not qualified to speak.

However, I now see your picture all over the MensNewsDaily (MND) website.  Have you actually looked into the child support scam facts and developed an informed position or are you just advertising where you think you can drag a few more fans or viewers out of the brush. 

I would hope you did your research and developed an opinion based on fact, not on myths and lies and this new opinion is why you advertise on MND.  I continue to hope that you have began to agree at least in part to the values and activisms supported by MensNewsDaily’ s readers and contributors.

If you have not began to change your views, don’t you think it is hypocritical and mercenary to advertise on a web site dedicated to helping overcome the civil rights abuses committed on children and men by extreme feminist political agendas?  MND presents values that your statements indicate you oppose.

I am very interested in hearing from you on this as I am sure any number of my children’s and father’s rights friends will be wanting to hear your stance on child support and the wrongful jailing and removal of innocent men from the lives of their children by sending them to un-Constitutional debtors prisons or forcing them into hiding to maintain even a small bit of freedom and liberty.

I hope to hear from you soon, and I sincerely hope my first impressions of you  were completely wrong.  

I sincerely hope I will need to apologize for continuing to think you are as cruel towards children and beat down fathers as your statements on child support you made public on early morning television in San Antonio earlier this calendar year.  Have you ever stopped to consider how a roofing laborer with no high school education can run up a quarter of million dollars in ten years.  He doesn’t gross that much in 10 years. 

When you made that statement one of the men on Greg Abbot’s top ten most wanted list was that very roofing laborer.  He owed just under $250,000.  I volunteer as a court watcher and have seen the fraud on the court that creates these paper debts not based on any real income or ability.  The reasons are generally based on the political and monetary agendas of politicians like Gregg Abbot.  Gregg Abbot gets bounty money from the Federal Government for every dollar that gets assesed by courts (they get a cut too) and he gets more money for every dollar collected.  The jails get extra money for every day a father is jailed on child support and the list of payola continues.  These different payola devices are nothing more than bounty on the scalps of innocent men and the children will pay the debts.  Gregg Abbot funds the salaries for the Child Support courts.  How do you think they will always rule? 

I would hope your statements were based on the misinformation so many well-intentioned journalists have passed on as fact without review or question, not on any maliscious intent. 

The journalists who actually research and begin to tell the truth on these issue see their careers skyrocket.  Ask Glenn Sacks, Cathy Young, Kathleen Parker and others.   I would hope to see you get on board and have your career move forward even faster.  You look better when you are informed and when you speak out of turn, well, it does not help you at all.

Looking forward to hearing from you and having to apologize for the really bad impression I still have of you for those very callous and cruel remarks about those poor downtrodden men and their children who heard you demean them. 

Roger Gay and Stephen Baskerville, regular contributors to MND , knowing how helpful these two fine gentlemen are, would gladly provide you resources to help you begin researching and separating out the myth from fact on your own.

Glenn Sacks would, I am sure, be another very positive resource on this and related topics.



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  1. Preston

     /  May 19, 2008

    Sounds like you are in a bad situation, and have been damaged, although you can’t use your story as a meaningful representation of what goes on everywhere else. Statistically there are hundreds of thousands of deadbeat Dads, many who go to great lengths to avoid payment, and most of us know a few personally, aside from whatever gets publicized or revealed secondhand.

    I have a really, really hard time believing you got sent to jail for paying too much on your account. I have never been divorced but I got in the middle of a lot of paycheck garnishments as an employer, and any time I wanted to pay early, the state office was happy to take the money and do the proper accounting(in Connecticut). There has to be another side to that story that got you put in jail, for example, is there any chance you had missed payments in the past and made them up later? And got some kind of arrest order that was still on the books? Are you saying the deal was that a cop car pulled up and said “grab that man, he paid too much child support, put the cuffs on him”, and there’s not one other factor involved?


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