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Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

Wendy60 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 12:11 AM
Just to make clear, I am in favor of ending all welfare programs, but they cannot be ended so long as people accept the notion that it is right to redistribute wealth to old people, or to sick people, or to poor sick people. As long as people accept that notion, then they have no argument to offer against redistributing wealth to other "needy" people. If we are obligated to help the old person because he really, really, really needs it, then in logic, we are obligated to help the welfare queen because she really, really, really needs it. It is the philosophy that others are our first obligation and priority that we must kill. Kill it. It is the philosophy of parasites, for parasites. We absolutely must get back to rugged individualism.
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....