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Apr 13th 2010 3:16PM Let's get a few facts straight:
1. Kate has repeatedly stated that college for all 8 children is completely paid for and safely socked away.
2. Kate is an author of several books. She didn't write them for free, folks. She's getting paid quite a boatload of money on her book deals. She also makes appearances as a temporary co-host on The View for which she's paid.
3. Kate has a child support agreement in her pocket that is supposed to pay her $20,000 per month in child support. TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS PER MONTH!!! Excuse me, but there are very few families, 8 children or more, who couldn't live VERY comfortably on that amount...but this assumes that Jon has some kind of income from which to pay her this child support, and I find that highly dubious. If he DOES have that kind of money laying around, then trust me, this family doesn't have to work all that hard to put food on the table.
4. Kate has a new series coming up on TLC. Even if it doesn't do well in the ratings, there are also some Kate Plus 8 "update" shows in the pipeline. She's getting paid by TLC, she's not doing them for free.
This all leads to the obvious conclusion that Kate does NOT need to work that hard to support her family. They're not starving, and they're not starving for money. Kate's problem is that she does see herself as a celebrity at this point, and how can you blame her? She put her family on TV to make a living, she wrote books and went on book tours, she did appearances in churches to earn income (recently discontinuing her huckstering for "love offerings"), agreed to do countless magazine articles/covers, and is now a staple of the paparazzi due to the implosion of her marriage. She IS a celebrity, despite her innocent claims of "I'm just a mom..." As a celebrity, she has become obsessed with the trappings of fame: the hair, nails, tan, clothes, bodyguard, cars, house, and TV appearances. So now she also needs nanny help. It's the trappings that are tripping her up. She needs ever-increasing amounts of money to sustain this lifestyle. If she could just be satisfied with what she has, invest her money wisely, live conservatively (don't worry, she can still eat organically!) and remove herself from the public eye, not only would she be perfectly fine financially, she'd also disappear from the paparazzi's radar for being too boring. I think this is the very LAST thing that Kate wants. So the justifications will continue that she's just doing this all "for the kids", who she'll see less and less of as she "works hard" to "provide for them".
If you can't see through the hype, then God help you!
Feb 7th 2008 11:31AM I'm an armrest lifter. The seats on airplanes are simply too small, but merely raising the armrest can do wonders. Do I then "spill over" into the next seat? Probably. Do I crowd you out of the seat you bought? No, even though I'm very obese. If you can still sit comfortably, what's the beef?? I do everything I can to minimize my impact on other flyers. I don't recline my seat back so that I'm practically resting in the lap of the flyer behind me. I sit quietly and only get up to use the restroom. I don't smell, I'm clean, and quite obviously a lot more polite than the crowd who "won't give up an inch of the space I paid for" to help accomodate another human being. Now, the day the airlines allow me to purchase just an extra inch or two, I'll gladly pay it, but why should I have to purchase an entire seat when I don't need two whole seats? If you need slightly less than your whole seat, allow the armrest to go up and quit your bellyaching. It's not going to kill you, and it's a whole lot better than being stuck with someone who's sick/drunk/loud/puking/or underage and crying/screaming.