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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Former Illinois congressman and Tea Party darling Joe Walsh, who once famously declared, “I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” has doubled down on his deadbeat dad status, filing court papers to end his child support obligation — an obligation he has failed to meet in the past.

The “family values” ex-congressman, who has remarried and presumably supports the children he had with his second wife, enjoyed an annual salary of $174,000 for the two years he was in Congress, and somehow managed to loan his own campaign $35,000 and take expensive vacations with his girlfriend while claiming to be too poor to support his children. His wife eventually had to sue to wring a dime out of him, and after nearly 10 years of legal wrangling, court-ordered payments were deducted from his congressional paycheck from the time he took office.

“I have paid child support … through the end of my congressional payment,” Walsh insisted. “I received a check, and so my ex-wife would have received 20 or 28 percent of that. She received her normal payment. They took it out of my check, they took it out of my check in January.”

However, those payments actually stopped at the end of 2012, according to paystubs obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, and now Walsh is once again trying his hand at the court system, this time filing a “Motion to Terminate Child Support Obligation” in an attempt to legally stiff his ex-wife and children this time.

The filing reads: (PDF)

Joe’s employment has been terminated through no voluntary act of his own and he is without sufficient income or assets with which to continue to pay his support obligation. Due to a substantial change in circumstances, Joe requests that his child support obligation be terminated based on his present income and circumstances.

Coming from the party of “fiscal conservatism,” one would assume Walsh would have set aside something for his children during those two years in which he was handsomely rewarded for doing not much of anything besides making racist attacks on the president and ridiculing the service of a female veteran who lost both legs in the line of duty. One would also think that, with his contacts and conservative pride, he’d have gotten a job by now… or is he just sitting home “suckling at the government teat,” like he and his Tea Party cohorts insist the rest of the country’s unemployed are voluntarily, greedily doing?

Perhaps it’s time for Joe Walsh to take “personal responsibility” (another phrase conservatives love to throw around, but rarely fulfill) for the family he helped bring into this world, and stop finding excuses to deprive them of the support they are legally and morally entitled to. “Family values” is not just a catchphrase, Joe. It’s a way of life.

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  • He can terminate his child support payments when he stops being the parent of the children how’s that you Republicant shitbag. Stiffing his kids & ex wife claiming he;s unemployed…make me puke.

  • sigrid28

    Arguments that seek to generalize from one example, deadbeat dad and Tea Party Republican Joe Walsh, to a whole group (that would be all Republicans) are usually not that effective, as most people see through them. Who will not say, he is just one bad apple?

    However, we will have MANY examples of Republican representatives who are behaving like Joe Walsh, bleating about family values while at the same time depriving mothers and children of necessary support, if Republicans carry through on their threat to allow the sequester to occur. It removes hundreds of thousands of preschoolers from the Head Start program and would cut back food support for mothers of newborns, provided by the WICA program. That doesn’t even begin to count the numbers of women and children who would suffer because congressional Republicans refused to compromise and forced the sequester–which even they do not want–to take effect, resulting in the loss of 600,000 jobs.

    When the entire group of Republicans in Congress behaves cavalierly toward their most vulnerable constituents, women and children entitled to the support of the elected officials who have TAKEN AN OATH to represent them, then we may argue convincingly that the behavior of Joe Walsh IS representative of the entire GOP that puts beltway politics and personal self-interest above the needs of women, children, and families–all the while claiming to be the party of family values.

    • RobertCHastings

      Because of the Republican refusal to review and pass the VAWA it would seem that they can ALL be lumped under the same category the writer reserved for Joe Walsh, so it appears to be a legitimate generalization. Great post, I agree with you 100%. The fact that both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul gave, respectively, the Republican and the Tea Party responses to the President’s State of the Union Address, and there did seem to be both a difference in focus and a difference in issues, sould seem to indicate that there are, indeed, two different parties masquerading as one united Republican Party. I can hardly wait to see the split.

      • sigrid28

        I used to think that the well-educated, manipulative, totally insulated billionaire branch of the Republican party would step away from the Tea Party, Karl Rove-like, and accept President Obama’s olive branch in order to live to fight another day. Now I am not so sure they want to do so. What’s more, I’m not even sure they would retreat strategically if they could. They seem committed to a scorched earth policy that could bring down the American economy along with their defeated party, doing themselves in in the process.

        Why? Perhaps like Mitt Romney and his family, they are so enraptured in the cocoon of the Republican bubble that they think no economic downturn can affect them adversely, let alone take them along with it. Entitlement like theirs–which has the aura of a conviction in that they think they DESERVE their wealth–has a way of blinding the privileged, even when their self-interest is at stake.

        To understand the country’s predicament we must try to wrap our heads around this: they don’t really know exactly how much wealth they actually possess, because keeping track of that is the job of their inferiors. If they are so convinced of their invulnerability, they become a hazard to us all, not just an entertainment like a rigged wrestling match.

        • Very well thought out. I saw a newsman on TV say that Newt Gingrich sat by him on an airplane and while discussing the One World Order, Newt commented to the newsman that it is coming, he may as well get ready for it. Now, how could Newt be so sure of that, unless he believes he will part of the New World Order ruling class? My point is: is it possible they actually intend to bring down both political parties and have a plan to merge them into this New World Order because they have reason to believe they will be ruling? I don’t know. I know it sounds crazy, but there is something being hidden from us when politicians seem to be following a path to destroying their own party. We just have to figure out what is going on beneath the facade.

          • sigrid28

            I think they may believe they know what they’re doing, but they really haven’t the faintest idea. The Romneys thinking they were winning the election is an example; even Karl Rove thought so. Refusing to legislate is more like a tantrum, with which Democrats, who are left being the only one’s capable of governing, have to cope. Republicans have rendered themselves completely ineffective.

            The problem with denying facts and depending on lying and cheating to get one’s way is that the truth will always out. Eventually, the obvious curvature of the horizon will win out over the theory that the earth is flat. Multitudes of Americans will be convinced that the Republicans’ hyped up hyper-anxiety about debt does nothing to improve the economy, and better theories will prevail: they will demand them. When they do, the good sense of Democrats will save our economy and our country–that’s what is too big to fail.

  • ga1977

    Dear Joe Walsh,
    Congrats! You are an enormous piece of shit.

  • While on one hand I think that Joe Walsh is the lowest form of eelshit imaginable, on the other, he’s lost his lucrative salary as a congressional rep. He simply doesn’t have the money he once did, and to be honest, hie employment prospects are limited. Seriously, would YOU hire this scumbag?

    So he’s looking to have his payments reduced. Understandable. However, I think that the courts should foreclose on his kidneys, liver (assuming it’s not already pickled) and pancreas if he defaults even once on his court ordered payments. And then sell his carcass to an Alpo cannery.

    • Sand_Cat

      Hey, come on! That would be cruelty to animals!

    • jarheadgene

      Maybe he can figure out a way to make a living on minimum wage, because those jobs are ALWAYS hiring. See how that ELITIST P.O.S. G.O.P. does that…not so fun when the shoe is on the other foot ! What a scumbag.

  • charleo1

    It’s so hard to put into words that special blend of arrogance, ignorance, and seething hostility at anyone who doesn’t agree the Federal Government should be shut down. Dense as a fensepost.
    Joe had the ability to motivate even the most casual voter, to not only join the Democratic Party,
    but vow to cut down on their own drinking.

  • Even though Walsh was defeated for reelection, he still gets his congressional pension for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, by the very law congress passed, pensions CANNOT be attached for things like child support or other legal claims!


      He could get a real job to supplement his pension, that is, if he can actually do real, productive work and not just sit around yelling stupid things. His crude behavior makes the tea party itself look even worse.

  • There’s a reason we rational people call these lying hypocrites the Teabaggers!!

    If you don’t get the idea here, go Play HALO multiplayer.

    From 2008 to 2012 I told people doing that to stop Palining me.

  • Walsh is a poster child for the cynicism and irresponsibility that seem to be a requirement to join the Tea Party. What a loser!

  • JDavidS

    He fits right in with dead-beat father Ted “Wackjob” Nugent. Poster boys for the “family values” right-wing. Bloody bunch of hypocrites. All f***in’ mouth, no action.

  • Michael

    This man has no honor. When I was working, making less than half of what he was making, I paid my child support obligations. When I was laid off for eleven months, that child support continued to accrue, so when I went back to work, I resumed my regular payments, plus an additional amount to go against the past due support. I paid support for ten years and fulfilled my financial obligations, in full. I have no tears for this man’s situation. Pay up you deadbeat, or go to jail!

  • WhutHeSaid

    Another fine example of the vile and despicable Tea Bigots. This deadbeat maggot and Ted ‘draft-dodging-pedophile’ Nugent are the very best the Tea Party has to offer. Is it any wonder the Tea-liban has become the most despised political party in modern history?

  • Lovefacts

    The man is without honor and doesn’t know the meaning of family values. It’s amazing to me how the most morally corrupt Republicans–i.e. Newt with his serial adultery & Walsh with his refusal to support his children–scream the loudest about family values and the moral decay of this country.

    Just as when someone says you can trust me and I hang onto my wallet and head in the opposite direction, when Republicans pontificate on family values and science I suspect they lack those values and recognize they are uneducated.

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  • Just another hypicrite conservative who wants to stiff “intitlements” to the 47% but can’t live up to his own obligations.

  • This is another reason Republicans can’t win a presidence seat again. THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT GOING ON IN THE REAL WORLD. They think the are above the rules .
    The rules and morels of real americans don’t apply to them, They make the rules as they go!!
    Out of all the good and decent republican in the party they run some one like romney ,only because they think he can BUY THE ELECTION !! they still just dont get it !!! Lets make more rules as we go! Acting like the top dumb ass from the party, Carl Rowe, Keep flowering him !!
    He is a real Ass set to the party and the drugie Russ when he is on you don’t know if he is high on drugs or just waiting for his next fix. thats why Joe is like he is he don’t know who to be like or maybe he is trying to be a new brance and make a name of just plane DEAD BEAT no one else had that name so he wanted that one

  • RobGinChicago

    They embrace the thought process of: Out-of-womb, out-of mind.

    • KC

      May I quote you “out of womb, out of mind” very well said indeed ?

  • JDavidS

    Walsh and Nugent…two turds from the same pile.

  • CPAinNewYork

    I’d like to see a list of the members of Congress who are delinquent in their child support and alimony payments.

    Does anybody who contributes to this website know if our politicians are better or worse than the national average of child support and alimony deadbeats?

  • dslocum

    Throw the deadbeat in jail where he belongs! Get him an internet job he can do from jail to support all his children.

  • Any man that abandons his progeny should be shot…

  • He sure sounds like a conservative family values kind of guy.
    Maybe The Tea Party members should practice what they preach.

  • While they are at it, they should remove his testes too.

  • stcroixcarp

    I hope his kids remember him when the tea party destroys Medicare.

  • adriancrutch

    Maybe he should be on the Maury Povich Show? But, he’ll probably find work at a RUBDUB Dinktank somewhere?

  • tman000

    Joe is like a lot of other hypocrites, like Radio Tabloid host Rush Limbaugh and his friends, that spew “hate and Fear” saying one thing and living another. They live under ‘paper boxes’ thinking no one will notice if they spew their agenda strong and loud enough.

  • Throw him in jail with the rest of the deadbeat republicans!

  • Joe Walsh needs to be responsible and continue to support his children from his first marriage. He must, also, become a real adult. There are men who never made the money Mr. Walsh has made and they manage to pay their debt. Mr. Walsh has many resources and should avail himself of them. He, only, paid because it was taken out of his check. Now his true colors, yet again, are showing. His new wife should be leery of this man. She will be in the same predicament as his ex-wife if they should divorce.

  • Republicans tend to be the King of Hypocrisy. Do as I say, not as I do.

  • All The GOP and Tea Party are the Same,Taking from the Poors People ,the Indispensable for Live, They Are Losers Politicians.

  • that man has no morals.he should be a democrat

    • Russell’s Teapot

      Yeah, well I suppose it’s just too bad for you that Joe Walsh embodies everything that the GOP stands for

  • Pamby50

    I know the district that he was representing and I still can’t believe they voted for him in the first place. What an idiot. Glad they voted him out.

  • ridemybroom

    you had the kids….be a man…support them…is this man ignorant or what !

  • akindependent

    Wonder if Joe is collecting unemployment insurance?

  • Newt Gingrich did exactly the same thing. I have his divorce papers on my computer that I keep in case anyone wants to argue about it. His wife and kids were starving in Georgia and couldn’t pay the bills while he was in DC living the high life with other women. No wonder this country is in a mess…hypocrites are running it. Not paying child support is a real sore spot with me. I’m turning 66 this week and still riding a train downtown to a major metropolitan city, walking several blocks in all kinds of weather and I don’t feel I can afford to retire right now. and I don’t appreciate hearing average unemployed Joe called a deadbeat. I feel the REAL deadbeats are these politicians. If I ever get to retire and a few of them (namely, Newt) ever have the audacity to run for president again, I may show up at their appearances and heckle them. Of course, I’ll have to be cagey about it because, in my major city, when GW was running, the Repub machine made sure anybody who with a sign that was negative had to stay about a block away, around the corner, out of sight of the media. I’m not making this up. I live here and I see what goes on.

  • larryroth702

    Why is this news. It’s the Republican way. Their constant two faced actions have convinced me to vote straight Democratic in 2014. The long voting lines of 2012, which they directly caused, only sealed my decision.

  • larryroth702

    …Joe Walsh…He is a deadbeat dad that the rest of us have to pay for. The Tea Party has NOT even criticized him for this. In legal terms “They are helping him thumb his nose at the system”. Do as I say not as I do….the stinking, je.rk, POS.

  • He’s nothing but a bag of crap, with no disrespect intended to the bag.. He gets a very nice pension, if he wasn’t such a low life, he could support his kids from that.. I hope his kids grow up to hate him, as it would serve him right.

  • Oooo. Let me rule on this one; please, please let me rule on this one. It would go like this:
    You had this wife, you had these children, AND you have had a court order for child support for x number of months/years. Now Mr. Walsh you have ninety days to fulfill your obligations or I will find you in contempt of court and you WILL be a guest of the state until I get tired of you sitting in prison. As to your employment issues, I don’t care; beg, bum, s*ck, or f%ck you better be here in ninety days with the cash or packed for jail.

    gavel rap

  • jstsyn

    Republican, it’s what they do.