COMMENTARY | "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was denied bankruptcy, and it's about time the single, unemployed mother of 14 kids got a reality check. Sadly it comes at a high cost. If it was just Suleman who felt the consequences, that would be great, but it'll be the kids who continue to suffer.
Suleman failed to provide the requisite paperwork to file Chapter 7, the Associated Press reports. She won't be able to hide from her creditors behind debt liquidation, a much-needed wake-up call for her. But it probably comes too late to do much good.
Suleman said recently she owes about $1 million to 20 entities. It was irresponsible for her to undergo in vitro fertilization and be impregnated with eight embryos after already having six kids.
Suleman doesn't think straight. In her fantasy world, she can go on borrowing, spending, buying and wasting money. Then when she realizes she's in over her head, she thinks bankruptcy will solve her problems. Chapter 7 isn't and shouldn't be a magic eraser that wipes the slate clean. The piper has to be paid. So do light, heat and mortgage bills.
After determining to go bankrupt, Suleman didn't fill out the right forms. More magical thinking: The rules don't apply to me. All I have to do is shout "I declare bankruptcy" and the wand is waved.
I wonder if I'm more worried about the Suleman kids than their mother is. Their home will likely be foreclosed on. Suleman has insurmountable debt and no money. I saw this train wreck coming, but it's still scary now that it's here.
It's time for Suleman to get serious about life choices. She's clicking her ruby slippers together, but they're not taking her back to Kansas.
- Nadya Suleman