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Taxpayer Money Enforcing Child Abuse
by Esther Hartstein
12 January 2003

In this country, a woman can willfully abuse her children, get five years in the slammer with free meals, TV, and healthcare, then go back to her original life as a full caregiver to her children, with full antidiscriminatory protection from the law. That is your tax money at work, decent citizens.

Horror of horrors. Go-Go dancer Sherry Murphy was recently charged with the kidnap and abuse of three children, one of whom was found dead, in a Newark, New Jersey welfare scandal that nauseated the nation.

Last Sunday, the children were found stashed in a basement, starved, dehydrated, and eaten by lice, one of them mummified in a purple plastic bin in plain sight of his brothers. They were surrounded by their own vomit, and had been forced to excrete in a nearby jar.

Ms. Murphy had reportedly taken her little victims in on the promise of welfare payments totaling $424.00 a month. She was able to bring them under her "care" after their mother, Matilda Williams, was sentenced to prison for child abuse.

It is believed that Sherry Murphy and Matilda Williams had been living together before Matilda's child abuse charges had landed her in jail.

It is easy to ask, how could such a terrible thing have happened?

However, the proper question should be, how could it not have? Where was Sherry Murphy when Matilda Williams was abusing her three little babies? Surely a responsible adult living in the same home could have taken action to protect the children.
Instead, the case was allowed to burn so dramatically out of hand that the government had to come in and assert order by means of a jail sentence. Where was the Go-Go dancing Ms. Murphy in all this?

Here, we have a country where 38% of an individual's worth can be scooped up by the government, Uncle Sam is monitoring your phone conversations, and Police Brutality is a multimillion-dollar legal cash cow. And yet, atrocities such as these are occurring on our own soil. For all of his greed, attentiveness, intrusiveness and alleged brutality, Uncle Sam saw no ill in giving three abused children to a likely partner in crime.

Even more outrageous is the fact that Ms. Murphy is being tried on two counts: abusing the children, and failing to return them to their abusive mother once she got out of prison. That's right, folks, you read correctly.

In this country, a woman can willfully abuse her children, get five years in the slammer with free meals, TV, and healthcare, then go back to her original life as a full caregiver to her children, with full antidiscriminatory protection from the law. That is your tax money at work, decent citizens.

With statistics showing a very low rate of repentance among released criminals, the abhorrent practice of returning children to a convicted abuser is practically state- enforced child abuse. And what, in this case, had the children done to deserve it?

Why are we allowing the Teddy Kennedys of American politics to use our tax money for anti-obesity programs? The government has showed such a shocking deficit in its ability to even protect its own children. Why are we pouring money into "disadvantaged" cities like Newark, whose schools are swimming in more money than nearly any other city in the nation? Why are we paying millions in tax dollars to subsidize a welfare empire that presides over child abuse and misery?

The President has just unveiled a new economic stimulus package. Critics on the Left charge that the government cannot afford the fiscal privation of 90 billion dollars over the next ten years. I say open the Federal Treasury and let the money flow. All of the social programs in the world are of no use when the government tolerates the abuse of children on this scale.

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A multi-award winning poet, Esther has written a book, "Eros Wins The Battle", about a U.S. immigrant fighting for regime change in her native country. The book, filled with Greek myths and poetry, is available at BN.com (Barnes and Nobel) and Amazon.com.