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The Baby Bust Generation

GatoLuchador Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 10:09 AM
What is the UN? Imagine USA without a House of Representatives -- only a Senate. Then, imagine the 5 most powerful states (e.g., California, New York, Louisiana, Florida, Illinois) had veto power over the will of the other 45 states. Sounds fair? No? Well, that's the UN. And they like nothing more than to bring the Hunger Games to reality.

FERTILITY IN AMERICA has been declining for years. According to the Pew Research Center, the nation's birth rate hit an all-time low in 2011 – just 63 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. It was almost twice as high – 123 births per 1,000 women – at the peak of the Baby Boom in 1957.

As babies and children disappear from a society, what takes their place? One answer, as journalist Jonathan V. Last observes in a forthcoming book, "What to Expect When No One's Expecting," is pets.

In surveys taken from the 1940s to the 1980s, fewer...