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Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

Jeff2422 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 10:54 AM
You and Barone are arguing for logic. Tthe only logic is winning elections. Making things work in a logical and efficient manner, well that is down-right Scrooge-like. Cannot have that going on in government. What next, elected officials that actually think about what they are doing instead of turning over all their authority to administrative agencies. Now, that is just too much to ask for from elected officials. See Nightmare Before Christmas: Sad Mayor: "Jack, I cann't make any decisions, I am only an elected official."
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....