18 Apr America faces an Under-Population Problem – Not Enough Children
For decades, there has been a purposeful “brain wash” with propaganda by the elite intelligentsia along with a dominant secular media proclaiming “over-population” to be a serious threat. Limiting family size, preferably to two, is their idea of the ethical, moral and “responsible” way to parent.
In the early 1960’s there were doomsayers who predicted food shortages, famine, death and disease if the world’s population was not curbed. Paul Ehrlich’s book, The Population Bomb in 1968 became a best seller and when his dire predictions of gloom and doom did not occur, he revised his work in an updated version and sold more copies.
Sadly, the over-population hype is still doing its’ dirty work. But today there is a new best seller that refutes Ehrlich and the elitists’ misguided efforts to control minds and curb populations.
Jonathan Last’s newly released book What to Expect When No One’s Expecting clearly warns America, “Forget, the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff. Those are all just symptoms. What America really faces is a demographic cliff: The root cause of most of our problems is our declining fertility rate.”
Today, America’s total fertility rate is 1.93, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; it hasn’t been above the replacement rate in a sustained way since the early 1970s.
Interestingly, China, with its’ forced birth control, abortion and sterilization programs to achieve it’s one-child mandate, has a fertility rate of 1.54.
How serious is our nation’s falling fertility rate? According to the author, Jonathan Last states, “The nation’s falling fertility rate underlies many of our most difficult problems. Once a country’s fertility rate falls consistently below replacement, its age profile begins to shift. You get more old people than young.”
Last writes declining fertility rates:
• “Threaten entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare as more retirees come to be supported by fewer workers.”
• “An older America would have a harder time projecting military power without the large numbers of young people that such a commitment requires – or tax base to pay for it.”
• Creativity and innovation could be affected. As the Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker stated in a Wall Street Journal interview: “The vast majority of important new ideas come from inventors and scientists who are younger than age 50, often far younger.”
• “If you want to see what happens to a country once it hurls itself off the demographic cliff, look at Japan with a fertility rate of 1.3,” Jonathan Last writes. “In the 1980’s, everyone assumed the Japanese were on a path to owning the world. But the country’s robust economic facade concealed a crumbling demographic structure. Last year for the first time, the Japanese bought more adult diapers than diapers for babies, and more than half the country was categorized as ‘depopulated marginal land.’”
So here we are in America, with declining birth rates that could prove to weaken America in the not-to-distant future, and yet we have public office holders aggressively promoting contraception, sterilization and abortion as a “right” – even going so far as to mandate it be insured and financed with taxpayer support.
When did America lose its reverence for human life and abandon the notion that children are our greatest natural resource?