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The Baby Bust Generation

ksatifka Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM
Could not agree with your analysis more, Jeff. However, the prejudice in the law against marriage, I believe, started with LBJ's hubristic 'Great Society' in the 60's. Both political parties know what the problem is (except maybe for those Dems on the very far left). The larger question is why neither party has had the guts to really tackle the problem. When GWB and the R's had control from 2001-06 they did nothing except start two unnecessary and unpaid for wars of empire. GWB told us to go shopping!

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...