Over the past couple of decades, family advocates have had their ups and downs. The good news is that, for the most part, the myth of the Welfare Mom has passed into history. Even the most heated presidential debates no longer rail at these single mothers who are addicted to public benefits, who would rather have more children to collect more welfare checks than have a steady job with a decent wage and a modest benefit package.
As that image faded, though, another took its place: the Deadbeat Dad. Deadbeat Dads are the reasons single mothers have to go on welfare. These men have broken promises, violated child support agreements and ignored court orders, foisting the responsibility they took on when they became fathers onto the rest of society. Jail time was almost too good for them.