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Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

Think Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 12:06 PM
I'm reading Last's book - excellent. Something he - and others writing about demographics are not writing about in detail (though Last refers to it briefly) is that it is Blue States not reproducing. But the issue of demographics ON voting patterns is not being discussed. Basically, Blue State voters demand entitlements that only can be paid for by taking money from future generations - and Blue State voters are not populating those generations. They are just freeloading today off of the children of those who don't want these programs to begin with - Red State voters. Virtually NOTHING in the Prog platform supports a view that Democrats believe in the future - and they certainly are not populating it.
mturn115 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 4:12 PM
Those blue staters looking for someone to support them in retirement will take their selfish attitudes and move to the red states and have the residents there support the blue staters in retirment.
mturn115 Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 4:12 PM
Those blue staters looking for someone to support them in retirement will take their selfish attitudes and move to the red states and have the residents there support the blue staters in retirment.
windskisong Wrote: Feb 04, 2013 12:34 PM
Had an interesting conversation with a liberal 55ish yr old friend at lunchtime. He admitted that Soc Sec and Medicare were going to go bankrupt - that they were totally unsustainable without major changes. But then he said the scary thing: "I'm riding the coattails of the "H" (the baby boomer population), who vote and will not allow their benefits to be cut or modified. Sure, it will be gone by the time the 40 yr olds start to retire, but I'll be past caring by then." I asked, don't you care that your daughter and my kids will be paying for this? "Nah, my daughter's not counting on anything from the government, and I'm sure your kids won't be either". The Me generation indeed - truly did not care.
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....