The Rising Birth Rate

There was much ado on the national news last night about the fact that the birth rate in the U.S. has ticked slightly higher, to 2.1 children per female.  It was explained that “economists” see this as a good thing, because we need more younger people to support the older generation in retirement, alleviating (at least slightly) some of the huge projected social security / medicare deficit. 

It never to ceases to amaze me that “economists” can’t look far enough down the road and question what will happen if we keep “growing” the economy in this way.  It’s because they don’t understand that a smaller population will actually benefit the economy through improved per capita consumption.  In the meantime, slightly higher taxes and tariffs on over-populated nations is all that’s needed to eliminate the projected ss/medicare shortfall. 

2 Responses to The Rising Birth Rate

  1. Robert says:

    Pete,

    I read your book and found your proposals quite convincing. Can intelligent people not see where we are heading or do they just not care? It’s funny how my family members/coworkers and friends seem to be disconnected and or apathetic in regards to this issue. You would think that perhaps one of the presidential candidates would offer a solution and yet their solutions are just the opposite of what is needed, sheesh!

  2. Pete Murphy says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Robert. It does amaze me how people just shun this topic for some reason. I think there may be any number of things at work here:
    1. Some people interpret your suggestion that the population needs to be reined in as as questioning their right to exist.
    2. Others believe you’re promoting a “culture of death” and think that you want people to die.
    3. For others, there’s the fear that the discussion will immediately degenerate into a name-calling fray over the subject of abortion, which is why I leave the whole subject out of my discussion.
    4. Many hold deep-seated religious convictions that managing the population would somehow violate God’s plan or thwart His will.

    Regarding the candidates, I don’t know if you saw my post “Candidates’ advisors duck questions on overpopulation. Here’s a link to that post:

    https://petemurphy.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/candidates%e2%80%99-advisors-duck-question-on-overpopulation/

    It was interesting how rapidly these guys ran from the question. I wonder what it would take for a national leader to come to the realization that it’s a subject that can’t be ignored.

    Again, thanks for the feedback!

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