She is a controversial figure, having used in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in all her pregnancies. She had six prior children, was unemployed, and on public assistance when she gave birth to her eight youngest children. Octomom is a high school graduate, has a four-year college degree, and even has taken some graduate level courses.
Suleman gained much attention following the highly unusual birth of eight children. She received monetary contributions, TV deals, and has been in numerous magazine articles as well. Now that some of the initial reaction to her unprecedented situation has worn off, she apparently is spiraling back down to the same conditions which allowed her to get pregnant with eight embryos simultaneously in the first place: dependence on government run public assistance programs.
With a record-high 40 million people on food stamps in Obama's America, and free healthcare being promised in the future, what are the odds of more such Octomom-style debacles taking place?
The problem with ever expanding government programs, is that it promotes irresponsible behavior. Or as Congressman Ron Paul has said, "Whenever you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both." Octomom is a highly unusual example, only because of the high number of children involved in her case.
How many millions of Americans are on public assistance because of irresponsible decisions they have made? The intent of these programs is to help people in need, that are down on their luck, or can not help themselves. The problem is that they are run by a bloated, inefficient, and uncaring government. The government does not care if a woman with six children gets implanted with eight embryos. They simply process the paperwork, and approve the procedure because the mother meets "income guidelines" or "standards" for the program. They are unconcerned with whether it is a good use of taxpayer dollars. They believe in the notion that no one should ever criticize a single mother at any time.
The fact that the mother is divorced and that there is no "baby daddy" in the picture is of no concern to the administrators of these programs. Here in the state of Washington, the state will heavily subsidize day care costs for single parents, simply based on income levels alone. In 2009, Washington State subsidized day care for 56,700 children. This despite huge deficits, and tax increases being levied on productive members of society. The state does not pause to consider if friends, family, or church members may be able to assist in caring for children. They simply process the paperwork, and issue the subsidy payments.
It is difficult to list all of the programs that are dragging our economy down: food stamps, WIC, subsidized housing, Medicaid, Medicare, Obama-care, welfare payments, subsidized day care, free breakfast and lunch programs at schools, unemployment benefits extended 12 times or more, and on, and on, and on...
Interestingly, the more times that unemployment benefits are extended, the more unemployment is reported in this country. Also, the more that food stamps are expanded, the more people become enrolled in that program as well.
Perhaps America should consider reducing these government-run public assistance programs. Instead, the public policy should be to encourage individuals, churches, and private charities to work in their local communities to help those that are truly in need. Neighbors and church members will be more likely to care how their contributions are being used, than overpaid, under-worked, ineffective, bureaucrats setting "guidelines" and "standards" in a far away government cube farm in our nation's capital.
Octomom Nadya Suleman Going On Welfare? (popcrunch.com)
Octomom -- On the Brink of Losing Her House (tmz.com)
Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record (Reuters)
Nadya Suleman (Wikipedia)
2009 Child Care in the State of: Washington (NACCRRA)
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