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Fewer Babies Born is Bad News for America

amperro Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 12:12 AM
Iran and Mexico are also having declining birthrates. It has nothing to do with culture or morality. It has everything to do with economics. As nations advance and generate more economic opportunity, birthrates decline.
lukemcire Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 5:55 AM
You are so right. Five thousand years of historical records support this.
Charles414 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 8:05 AM
I have a hard time going over five years of the historical record, if I had to go over five thousand years of it, I have a feeling that I would have to skip or gloss over quite a bit of it.

The statement "As nations advance and generate more economic opportunity, birthrates decline." is laughable in any case. History is chock-full of references to birth rates climbing as the level of civilization rises, thus providing specialized services that a more primitive culture cannot develop or afford, much less offer.

It's amazing how much most of the west has lost any connection with its own history.

I blame the public school system, here in the US...

wquigley Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 9:02 AM
Public schools reflect the society that supports them. Look at the state of Arizona, which has embarked on a policy of banning any books that address the issue of absorbing latinos (chicanos) into our society.
Dean197 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 11:29 AM
Civilization based on agriculture led to rising birth rates. Civilization based on automation and knowledge does not. We don't need a large family to ensure we're taken care of in our old age or to ensure we have enough farm hands. Freed from that, we tend to emphasize providing for our children's education so they will have an advantage in life, which is easier to accomplish with few children.
The old adage "be careful what you wish for" is an apt reminder in light of this week's news that the U.S. birthrate has dropped to its lowest level on record. For years, population hysterics have tried to convince Americans to aim not just for zero population growth in the U.S. but its complete reversal.

Many of the groups pushing this view have also been in the forefront of the anti-immigration movement -- NumbersUSA, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Negative Population Growth (NPG). They don't like immigrants -- even legal ones -- because immigrants, especially Hispanic immigrants,...