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Octuplets' Mom Seeks Donations Online

Plus, Taxpayers May Have to Help Cover Her Costs

By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, AP
NEW YORK (Feb. 11) – A big share of the financial burden of raising Nadya Suleman's 14 children could fall on the shoulders of California's taxpayers, compounding the public furor in a state already billions of dollars in the red.
Meanwhile, a Nadya Suleman Family Web Site has been set up to collect donations for the children.
 
 
Soooo many things bother me about this story.  Let's just start with the infertility aspect of it…

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Vaccination Debate

Mega Man and T-Rex are on modified schedules for receiving their vaccines. At this point, neither have been given the Hepatitis B vaccine.  When they were born, that vaccine was still optional.  After doing my research and learning that 3 more children died than were saved, the benefits didn't outweigh the risks, and we made our decision not to get that particular vaccine.  Though it has now become mandatory, we have gone through all the hoops to get the appropriate waivers, etc.  So now here's where I am stuck…  I'd like Kili to be completely unvaccinated.  I still haven't found compelling proof that the vaccines are worth it.  If you use the CDC's Wonder Table, you'll see a trend: for every child saved by a vaccine, another died as a direct result of receiving the vaccine.  If the odds are equal for both sides, why is my decision to skip the vaccine such a big deal?  It seems as though parents of vaccinated children think I am putting their kids at risk, too.  How does that work?  If your kid has a vaccine against a bug my kid is carrying, how is SHE the risk factor?  If the vaccine does what you're banking on it to do, what are you worried about?  I do understand the risk to our children outside the country.  However, should we choose to leave the country with them, or they choose to travel later on, they can decide from there what to do.  So what's the big deal?  I don't want the fact that my boys are on a delayed vaccination schedule and my daughter may not be vaccinated at all be a dirty little secret…  So seriously…  What's the big deal?

*Day 37: I am grateful our pediatrician actually believes in informed consent and has provided various resources supporting both sides that allow us to arrive at our own conclusions.

     I am posting my final installment simply because I realized I could probably blog for a year about why I love this country.  Rather seem like a fanatic, I decided to post my final thoughts on why America kicks ass and be done with it.

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          America rocks because even when someone is caught with a smoking gun, they receieve a trial.  The burden of proof rests not on the accused, but the party bringing the accusations to court (either the state or whoever was personally wronged, etc.).  Even if an officer of the law walks in as you stab your husband in a jealous rage, you still get a chance to defend yourself.  America kicks ass because you are not guilty until proven innocent, but vice versa.

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In case you were wondering how I got to part 3 without part two…  I offer you, the missing link!

Since this is the FOURTH time I have tried to post this, you get the not-so-great version, but the point remains the same.

I love American capitalism.

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       Part 3 – Freedom of Religion 

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        Between the awesome comments on my last post, and an E-mail debate regarding immigration that took place in another group I am in, I came up with an awesome idea.  As an appreciative American citizen, I’m going to spend the next week-ish blogging about why I love this country.  I’ll start today.

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“Politics is choking good sense.”  – President Bush


While I admit I didn’t get to watch the entire news conference, I liked most of what I heard.  It made sense to me.  I really wish people would lay off Bush.  While he may be responsible for some of the things people are unhappy with, so is Congress, the World Trade Associations, and about half a million other people. I get that people need a focal point for their negative energies, but good grief…  I’d still vote for him today, just like I did last election.

Sweet Justice

      A while back, I posted about a couple involved in a slavery case.  The sentence had been handed down for the female counterpart – 11 years in prison.


“Varsha Sabhnani, 46, was convicted with her husband in December on a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harboring aliens.

The trial provided a glimpse into a growing U.S. problem of domestic workers exploited in slave-like conditions.

The victims testified that they were beaten with brooms and umbrellas, slashed with knives, and forced to climb stairs and take freezing showers as punishment. One victim was forced to eat dozens of chili peppers against her will, and then was forced to eat her own vomit when she couldn’t keep the peppers down, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt called the testimony ‘eye-opening, to say the least – that things like that go on in our country.'”



 

By Dennis Cauchon, USA Today

About $2 billion in economic stimulus rebate checks are being confiscated to pay overdue bills for child support, students loans and back taxes, the government says.

So far, 1.8 million rebate checks have been intercepted by Treasury Department computers showing that individuals owe money to federal or state governments.

The biggest beneficiaries: parents who are owed child support.

The Internal Revenue Service has mailed 77 million checks worth $64 billion – a little more than half the expected total.

"It's a nice bonus for the children and families in need," says Mike Adams, head of child support at the Tennessee Department of Human Services. His state has received $8.5 million of $20 million expected for unpaid child support.

The large take for unpaid debts is the result of an increasingly sophisticated debt-collection program started in 2001. Today, most states and federal agencies send weekly lists of delinquent Americans to the Treasury Department. Before a rebate is mailed, it's run through a list that contains the names and Social Security numbers of people who owe money. "We've had a few complaints but not many," says Dean Balamaci, director of debt collections at the Treasury Department. "We're proud that we're sending money back to families who need it." So far, nearly $1 billion has been collected. Where it has gone: — 55% for child support. — 39% for federal debts such as student loans or farm loans. — 6% for unpaid state taxes. Taxpayers denied their rebate get letters explaining why they got a reduced payment or none at all. The diverted money is sent directly to the family or government agency to which it was owed. A few states, however, are losing out on millions of dollars available through the program. Michigan doesn't get its delinquent state taxes collected, Balamaci says. The reason: It hires private contractors to collect back taxes. Also, Mississippi hasn't joined yet, and California doesn't submit the names of income tax debtors. So while Maryland has collected $6 million from rebate checks for unpaid state income taxes, California has received nothing.

How awesome is that?!