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Economic Snapshot: What Triggered the Octo-Mom Backlash?


Our unscientific poll.


The miracle birth of octuplets to mother Nadya Suleman probably made Minyanville contributor Will Suarez happy, but a lot of taxpayers are fuming. How will an out-of-work woman afford the crippling expense - especially when she already has 6 mouths to feed?

The answer doesn't require any giant intellectual leaps.

Minyanville pored over Suleman's finances -- and the economics of raising a family of 14 -- and asked a random sampling of taxpayers which detail angered them most:

What Triggered the Octo-Mom Backlash?

Between 2002 and 2008, Suleman received $167,908 in workers compensation from a 1999 on-the-job back injury.

Suleman has been residing in a 3-bedroom home in Whittier, California, owned by her mother, Angela, who's $23,225 behind on mortgage payments.
Suleman is currently receiving $490 per month in food stamps, along with disability payments for 3 of her previous 6 children.

In 2008, Suleman's parents filed for bankruptcy, claiming nearly $1 million in liabilities.

According to Crain's New York Business, the cost of raising 14 children and putting them through college is $4,877,852.
Since the birth of the octuplets, Suleman has received $327,000 from American and British tabloids for photographs. Her mother received $40,000 from

Suleman's mother has stated in interviews that her daughter has not contributed to housing or food costs.
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