I guess it's easier to write 1 story than 11 or more, but this is just a tad unbalanced. Someone allegedly fathered 21 kids by "at least 11" different mothers, and it takes until the last paragraph to note that "one has to wonder about the women who chose to have his children".
If that man had never been born, does anyone really think none of this would have happened? But for him, these women would have been virgins?
Is a 29 year old with a minimum wage job so devastatingly attractive to those women that they were simply incapable of resisting? Even though all the women allegedly knew about his large family?
Or was he just a bottom feeder who'd hook up with any loser who wanted her ticket to the govt gravy train?
Gravy train? It's true that many of us wouldn't want to live on govt programs. But I went to school in small towns, and in small towns everybody knows of everybody. Including the trash. I wound up knowing plenty of people that were very pleased to live in ways I wouldn't have chosen. If it takes popping a kid to get benefits they wouldn't have otherwise, then come and get it!
Raising kids is cheap if they're just a means to an end. Just take care of them well enough to keep off the radar of govt family services types, who are probably too busy to investigate much anyway, and it's years of freebies!
Cynical? No, just experienced. I've seen it more times than I care to recall - I can only imagine what social workers see. We can't project our own aspirations on others.
More from the last paragraph: "In the end, the children and the taxpayers of Tennessee will pay for their choices for years to come."
Perhaps the word "choice" wasn't a code word (as in "why didn't the mothers kill them? - we must not have enough abortionists!"). Pardon my suspicions - the pro-abortion types don't seem to address that choosing started long before the pregnancies, and Planned Parenthood makes a lot of money performing abortions.
But even abortion were free and available within 5 minutes, they're missing the point. It's all about having the kids to qualify for benefits.
And the only thing that will stop that is reducing or ending the benefits.
I'm sure Margaret Sanger, exalted saint of Planned Parenthood, would agree.