The economy is to blame. She links to an article that proves it. Right?
So they began to “make changes.”
By “make changes,” she means that they went out and signed a rent-to-own contract on some shit land, and camped on it. They’ve been basically camping there ever since, beginning with a shed, losing that shed because they couldn’t pay for it, throwing together the Shitstead, which led directly to the kids being taken and their story going national, and then another shed which they managed to tear up to the point that it needed to be redone in the space of two years and getting another one.
Those are the “changes.”
Joe still sits on his ass and does nothing. They’ve made zero improvements to that property and instead have dumped human shit on it and been cited by the health department for doing so. They still don’t do anything to educate those kids. And Nicole blew through every employer around and finally went out on her own (with a little help from a very dubious source online). She remains their sole source of income (unless Joe is doing something we don’t know about to supplement it).
What hasn’t changed is her obsession with social media and insistence on staying online for many hours daily.
I have no idea where these folks would be now if it hadn’t been for the big GoFundMe, but I guess we’ll see, since there doesn’t appear to be any repeat of that in their future.
But what’s important to me here is the article that she linked to.
She didn’t read it.
Nobody read it.
You know how I know that?
It’s a four-year-old article, and all you can read are the opening two sentences, which are talking about the crash of 2008. Nicole says that the economy “isn’t much better now” but actually it is markedly better. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, by any means. But it’s certainly better.
The only way, though, we could know what the article actually says is to be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.
I bet nobody who has seen that post is, and that includes Nicole.
Nicole didn’t read it. She just liked the headline.
Nicole is not unusual. There are lots of people who do what she did, and it’s horrid. It’s lazy. It’s intellectually dishonest. It means that she isn’t interested in learning anything. She’s just looking for headlines that seem to validate the opinions she already has.
For actual facts, look here. While it is true that economic reports are generally (always?) politically motivated at their core, and whoever is in power at the time says it’s all great and whoever isn’t says it’s all shitty, there really isn’t any way to compare the situation economically right now, even with that baboon in the White House, with the meltdown of 2008.
Yes, lots of folks are still struggling. But when you have one adult who sits on his ass doing nothing, and you insist on adding several more babies to the equation even though you can’t afford to house the ones you already have, well, it’s really disingenuous to blame the economy.