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Steve Lunetta: lessons from Octomom

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Posted: March 14, 2009 11:43 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The recent birth of octuplets to a single and unemployed mother of six in Bellflower has been the fodder for numerous television news segments, talk shows and editorials.

I have enough trouble with my three, let alone 14. And I could not imagine being a single parent. If my wife is gone for any length of time, the house begins to look like the Democratic Headquarters in the SCV after election day - strewn with debris, half-eaten pizzas and the shocking realization that failure has struck once again.

So, what does this have to do with politics? Isn't this simply a touching human interest story that should warm our hearts and restore our faith in humanity? Not really. Politics is at the core of this event.

What lessons can we learn from the case of Nadya Suleman, otherwise known as "Octomom" to a pair of KFI radio personalities?

Lesson Number 1: No matter how stupid you act, someone will always be around to bail you out.

Octomom went to the Kaiser Hospital in Bellflower with no membership and no insurance. I've been to that hospital myself. Even had a surgery there. It is a very good hospital. The administration took a chance on Nadya and a miracle occurred - eight live, healthy births is unheard of. The staff and doctors are heroes.

Yet Kaiser has already said that it will apply for state aid to cover the staggering medical costs, now estimated at well over $1 million. So, Kaiser's generosity is now your generosity.

Octomom is going to get more goodies, including free nanny service for a year, cribs, diapers and an offer by a family in the Midwest for the entire Suleman clan to live on a farm.

But let us not stop at Octomom. The California Legislature is raising taxes by about $70 billion to finance overpaid public sector workers and their unions. The drunken-prom-date spending binge enjoyed by the Democratic Legislature has brought us to the brink of disaster. And now, you and your children and their children will be paying for it.

Lesson Number 2: If someone questions your thinking or actions, claim you were motivated by "love."

In an interview with Anne Curry, Octomom was asked why she had eight more kids when she already has sex. She responded that she "loves children." Very sweet. Only one problem. A key component of loving a child is being capable of providing for it. Kids need good food, shoes, school supplies, baseball mitts, batons, My Pretty Pony dolls, GI Joe, spiritual guidance, wisdom and time.

Octomom is incapable of providing these things to 14 children.

Lesson Number 3: If someone pries too closely into the causes for an incident, lie.

The PR firm that Octomom hired declared confidently that "Nadya has taken no public assistance." The very next day, it was disclosed that Octomom was the recipient of food stamps and SSI. She had also been receiving workmen's comp payments from a workplace injury many years earlier.

Corollary: If the truth exists, state the opposite if it suits your needs. There is always a statistical portion of the public that is dumb enough to believe you. For example, when Sacramento says that we are getting a tax cut, it means we are actually getting a $70 billion tax increase. When the teachers' union says that a budget "cuts education spending," they actually mean that the percentage increase is a bit smaller.

Lesson Number 4: When the public gets hostile, claim "death threats."

This is a good way to drum up public sympathy and turn around a PR nightmare. The Octomom Web site (I'm not kidding) has a donation mechanism as well as a way for folks to leave comments. Needless to say, folks are a bit hostile to the whole concept of profiting from birthing children. Comments left on the Web site can get dark and angry. This plays into the PR firm's game plan.

Use the negativity to portray Octomom as the victim when, in reality, it is her children who are the victim of a mentally deranged and incompetent human being.

Lesson Number 5: A doctor can be found to do anything you want.

Implant 10 embryos? No problem. Need some Vicadin? Get the prescription pad. Want a couple of days off work? Let me write you a note. Get injured on the job? Let's get some workmen's comp.

We have seen the best and worst of the medical profession in this one scenario. The heroes at Kaiser Bellflower and the irresponsible fertility doctor that implanted these numerous embryos in the first place. The medical community needs to do a much better job of policing itself.

Finally, we come to the most important lesson. When a society discards its sense of personal responsibility and becomes a socialistic nanny state, opportunists such as Octomom will arise to take advantage of our innate kindness and generosity. We cannot continue the slide toward socialism. Disaster awaits.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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