If I woke up one day and thought to myself, "I really love animals, I should just go out and get a dozen or so," do  you think that would be smart? 


 


If I woke up one day and thought to myself, "I really love animals, I should just go out and get a dozen or so," do you think that would be smart?

Let's say I have a journalist's salary (think poverty) and I work a lot, so I'd be leaving the animals alone or with my little sister, and even though I couldn't keep their bowls full of food or their living quarters tidied and spacious, it would be OK, because I just really love them.

It's an obsession, you'd say.

Too bad there isn't a state aid system that could help me pay all of their vet bills and keep food in their mouths.

But really, if I did something that stupid, I shouldn't expect for someone to pay for my selfishness.

Now I'm not naming any names, but I'm a certain California resident who loves babies. I already had six between the ages of 2 and 7, and, hey, I had six embryos to plant in my womb. Why not use them all? Why not, you say? That's too many babies? I don't have a job? I'm being selfish? What's eight more?

That's not true, stop being mean, go to my Web site and give me money!

Why shouldn't I have 14 children? It's so easy! You live with your mom and get the state to pay for everything. It's like magic.

So what if my mom appears on national television to say I'm unfit. So what if I only have three bedrooms to stick all of my children in?

OK, really, that's enough making fun. You all know I'm talking about Nadya Suleman. And really I hate to do it, but only for the children's sake. It really puts a bad name on fertility procedures that couples everywhere rely on to have children when they are holding on to their last hopes of having a family.

And really, that's what it should be there for. It should not be there for some crazy woman out in California to have a million babies because she loves them so much.

It's one thing to have a lot of money and a stable home to raise them in. And I'm not even talking about a husband. Because I honestly feel that isn't entirely necessary. But I think the doctor who OK'd and performed the procedure should have his license looked into.

People go to jail every day for child abuse and neglect. And I'd say this is borderline. I wish there was some magic wand to wave to give those tiny, beautiful babies away to homes with sane, loving parents. Instead, they're going to have to endure a life of cramped living space and a mom who is receiving death threats on a daily basis. (Is that really necessary people? Sure, she's stupid. But death threats?)

I under no circumstances believe the state of California should have to pay her $1 million-plus hospital bill or give her thousands of dollars a month in government assistance.

How unfair! It really slaps those hardworking Americans who work multiple jobs to keep their three children fed, clothed and happy.

Parenthood is a lot of work. And having more than a dozen kids is scary in this day and age. It should not be entered into lightly.

It just goes to show what insane people get away with.

Just because you want something, it does not mean you get it.

I want a job that pays me what I'm worth, a house full of as many dogs as it can hold and a few million dollars.

But I'll keep on dreaming, because there isn't a situation I can get myself into that will pay for all of that.

Or is there? I'll do some checking.

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