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Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

Homeschool Mom3 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 1:46 PM
Nothing gets more open criticism from family and strangers theses days than large families. Since homeschoolers have, on average, more children than people whose children attend a public or private institutional setting, they get criticism rather than a "thank you" for 1. having more babies who will grow up to pay taxes 2. a larger family safety net should an adult become dependent and need to be taken care of privately and 3. saving the tax payers on average $10,000 per child, per year K-12 while continuing to contribute in taxes. Add to that that many live very socially conservatively so they cost the taxpayers less in court costs related to crime, divorce, child custody, and social services. You're welcome, America.
Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth. Economic growth and population growth.

Through most of our history, this assumption has proved to be correct. These days, not so much.

Last week, the Commerce Department announced that the gross domestic product shrunk by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. And the Census Bureau reported that the U.S. birth rate in 2011 was 63.2 per 1,000 women age 15 to 44, the lowest ever recorded.

Slow economic growth and low population growth threaten to undermine entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare....