Tennessee deadbeats pay a stiff price: Daddy can't fish no more!
After the impressive success of its Deadbeat Parents Guide (and unofficial dating website), the Volunteer State has decided to go for the throat: attacking 20,000 fathers who are more than $500 in arrears in child support payments and more than 90 days overdue, the state is threatening to revoke their hunting and fishing permits.
I don't know the numbers on rural versus urban deadbeat dads, nor do I know how much of a correspondence there is between hunting and child abandonment. Furthermore, while the occasional deer or trout probably adds a lot to the dinner table, I don't imagine that most deadbeat dads are going to be going hungry because of this particular program. What I do know, though, is that a father's occasional day on the lake or afternoon spent drinking beer and shooting at wildlife is an ingrained part of the national mythology. I can't help but wonder if the next step in Tennessee's battle against its deadbeat dads involves the seizure of remote controls and attacks upon unlicensed barca-loungers.
Bruce Watson is a freelance writer, blogger, and all-around cheapskate. He does, admittedly, love the taste of fresh venison. Luckily, his buddy who hunts is also happily married.