While Congress is trying to figure out how to cut wasteful and extravagant federal spending, Congressmen should be mindful of Reagan's advice to begin by cutting programs that are harmful. One that fits this definition is the billion-dollar-a-year Violence Against Women Act (known as VAWA). In addition to other problems with VAWA, it is a big fiscal problem. A billion dollars a year are streaming into the hands of leftwing feminists without accountability. Taxpayers' funds are then used to lobby for feminist legislation, to train law enforcement and judicial personnel in the aggressive enforcement of feminist laws and feminist ideology, and to break up families instead of giving them pro-family and anti-substance-abuse counseling.
That's only the start of the high cost to taxpayers. Domestic violence money has become a de facto welfare program. The American taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year to support single-parent, welfare-dependent families impacted by false allegations of domestic violence.
An organization called Stop Abusive and Violent Environments has identified the major problems and solutions. These include establishing rigorous auditing procedures to curb waste and fraud. Other proposals include requiring proof of physical violence, and removing funds from persons who are "gaming" the system so those funds can be directed to enhance services for true victims. Taxpayers should not have to fund feminist legislative lobbying, feminist legislation, or public awareness programs until and unless these programs have been shown to be accurate and truthful.
These VAWA reforms could cut a quarter billion dollars out of the budget. Some may say that's "chicken feed" in the big picture of cutting the budget, but those cuts will not only enable us to save money but also to do a better job for true victims of domestic violence.
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Further Reading: VAWA