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Small Dogs: Companions on the Road to Extinction
The Spearhead ^

Posted on 04/11/2014 7:51:03 PM PDT by ClaytonP

As birth rates among young women plummet, small dog ownership has risen rapidly in America’s urban centers.

America’s next generation of youngsters should be called “Generation Rex.”

If you’re wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29 corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny pooches owned by young US women, reports the business-news site Quartz.

Dog-crazy New York ladies told The Post that they aren’t surprised by the findings — and that they happily gave up diaper changes, temper tantrums and college funds for the easy affection of their doggy “child.”

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The federal data behind the report show that over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent.

At the same time, research by the American Pet Products Association shows the number of small dogs — under 25 pounds — in the United States has skyrocketed, from 34. 1 million in 2008 to 40.8 million in 2012.

I can confirm that there are more dogs than children at urban parks. Every afternoon and weekend, people congregate with their dogs at a park down the street from me. There is a playground on one side of the park, and a dog area on the other. The dogs outnumber the children roughly four to one, and maybe more. I used to take my kids to the park on a regular basis, and my then two-year-old daughter was terrified of the dogs that careless, irresponsible owners allowed to run free. On a couple of occasions, I had some words with people about that, but their attitude was along the lines of “if your daughter is scared of dogs, maybe you shouldn’t take her to the park.”

So, there is at least one good thing about the small dog trend: the little dogs are less of a danger and less frightening to small children. I should admit that I’m not much of a dog person. I developed an antipathy toward dogs as a small child living on the fringes of a ghetto neighborhood. Back in the early 1980s, people didn’t think twice about keeping attack dogs, and many let their dogs run wild in the neighborhood. Some of those ghetto dogs were vicious beasts. I was convinced a rottweiler around the corner wanted to kill me, and I don’t think I was wrong. Every time I rode my bike past its house the monster would hurl itself full force against a rickety fence in a fury.

But those dogs served a different purpose from these little lapdogs. As much as I hated them, I have to admit that they performed some utilitarian function; it’s a lot harder to break into a house with a snarling rottweiler in its yard than one without.

Despite the fact that the small dogs are not as scary as the big ghetto dogs I knew as a child, both breeds say something unflattering about the neighborhood. In the past, the dogs suggested that there was a lot of crime in the ‘hood; today, the dogs suggest that children are an inconvenience. There’s no other conclusion to draw when one sees that dogs are dominant while children are few and outnumbered.

Do dogs really bring as much happiness to their female owners as children? Perhaps not, but if the women interviewed for the story are any indication, maybe they bring them enough happiness. The lapdog may be the most humane way to ease the white, urban SWPL’s headlong rush into demographic oblivion, which is all but a done deal. Without children and grandchildren, legions of small dogs will be needed to see them through what would otherwise be a lonely life. Perhaps some day in the future, when they are all gone, the people occupying what is currently the United States can erect a statue in their memory: a statue of a woman with an iphone, a purse and a tiny dog by her side, walking blithely into the great unknown.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: childreplacement; companions; dog; dogs; lapdog

1 posted on 04/11/2014 7:51:03 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: ClaytonP

I happened to see something like this earlier today, one of the dogs was a little scotty.


2 posted on 04/11/2014 7:52:54 PM PDT by BeadCounter (Without the C, there is no need for the Coexist bumpersticker.)
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To: ClaytonP

This is very sad to me.

I like animals, and think it’s fine people enjoy their pets.

But, if they are having pets as a replacement for people in their lives, something doesn’t seem right about that.

And, if we’re talking about professional career women, who perhaps having absorbed messages from women’s liberation that you don’t need a man, you don’t need family, children, etc. it’s a sad state of affairs, in my opinion.

We all need people in our lives. Not necessarily primarily in an area of romantic attachments either. And if people enjoy their pets, that’s all good too. But, if pets become a substitute or replacement for people in our lives, that’s a very bad trend.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 8:17:50 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: ClaytonP

Conversely, I foresee the rise of more Christian organizations like Quiverfull, where the emphasis of their faith is in having and raising large families.

Thus the new reality will be of secularists and atheists dying out, or producing children that are “nonviable”, that cannot follow in their parents’ footsteps of having and raising children. They will birth control, abort, and pervert themselves into extinction.

So the key question is when and how other Christian faiths realize that our national future lies with our children, not our government.


4 posted on 04/11/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: ClaytonP

As the National voting population continues to choose to increase the tax burden on our Nation’s future children with greater and greater permanent Welfare Debt, the more practical of the two subspecies of humans, (Women), have increasingly chosen to have fewer children.

Besides, “CHILD” spelled backwards is just “DLIHC.”


5 posted on 04/11/2014 8:36:37 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ClaytonP

Our small child is gently snoring under the covers as I type. :-)


6 posted on 04/11/2014 8:38:39 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ClaytonP

Is this from Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirzi?


7 posted on 04/11/2014 8:45:51 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Joe 6-pack

WOOF


8 posted on 04/11/2014 8:46:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ClaytonP

We adopted a little poodle mix 2 years ago.

I was very anti-dog, but my husbands and daughters had wanted one for years. I knew I would end up taking care of a dog, so I never wanted one.

However, when my husband was diagnosed with cancer snd my daughter was diagnosed with a movement disorder, I thought a dog might be good for us.

Well, I am now a total dog person. We all love our little puppy. She’s had lots of health problems, but she has the sweetest prrsonality. She’s been the right medicine for my family!


9 posted on 04/11/2014 8:46:46 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Graewoulf
As the National voting population continues to choose to increase the tax burden on our Nation’s future children with greater and greater permanent Welfare Debt, the more practical of the two subspecies of humans, (Women), have increasingly chosen to have fewer children.

They are aborting their children, and making you pay for their retirement (and everything else).

Drop the white-knighting please.

10 posted on 04/11/2014 8:48:58 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: luckystarmom

Cats have prrsonality


11 posted on 04/11/2014 8:54:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ClaytonP

” - - - Drop the white-knighting please. - - - “

No can do. It is a character flaw of mine. Some of my best friends are women.


12 posted on 04/11/2014 8:54:23 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ClaytonP
This has been going on for years. We no longer raise children, but pets.

Without immigration[legal/illegal] we wouldn't be growing as a society.

13 posted on 04/11/2014 8:58:44 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria; All

If the Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico and their children would “self migrate” back to Mexico, America would then have full employment again.


14 posted on 04/11/2014 9:01:39 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

I don’t pick on Mexico. I’m a equal opportunity deporter. Deport all illegals, regardless of country of origin.


15 posted on 04/11/2014 9:17:14 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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16 posted on 04/11/2014 9:34:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

i don’t believe every adult ought to have children.

it takes a lot’of committment to do it right. if they half-ass it we wind up with ferals and messed up perpetual-adolescent adults. how many more britneys and mileys and biebers do we need? not to mentin the urban ferals?


17 posted on 04/11/2014 10:53:44 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; shibumi; Eaker

18 posted on 04/11/2014 10:56:57 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Or it could be that the young woman in question just hasn’t met a kind, loving, child-loving, marriage-minded young man yet, and while she’s waiting for him, she decides not to be totally lonely, so she gets a dog. It’s better than sleeping around or having kids out of wedlock.


19 posted on 04/11/2014 10:58:24 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I would have been a great mom.

Unfortunately, I never could manage to get past 3 months.

:-\


20 posted on 04/11/2014 10:58:54 PM PDT by Salamander (Agent Of Fortune)
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To: Salamander

Nice lap dog.

(Provided you’ve got a full size lap.)


21 posted on 04/11/2014 11:03:23 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: ottbmare

You have made a very good point. Imagine having a child and then discovering that your husband is a lying, thieving, conniving, philandering.... Imagine putting said child through the unpleasantness of a divorce. People make errors in judgment. I even knew a woman whose first marriage failed after she had two little boys. She became enamored of an ostensibly good, family-type man only to discover later that he had molested her boys when he purported to share childcare responsibility. There are defective men who manifest jealousy and therefore mistreat children and animals. I’ve seen enough ugliness in my life that I’m reluctant to make judgments about another’s status with respect to children.


22 posted on 04/12/2014 3:54:48 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: Salamander
You are a great mom. You just have furkids and scalekids. (For those who do not approve, I really don't care what you think.)
23 posted on 04/12/2014 3:59:12 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You’re right. In the circles I mix with, the families have 8 or more children.


24 posted on 04/12/2014 4:23:08 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Parenting is not for everyone. As a former social services caseworker I can attest to that.

Is it possible for two normal well adjusted people to not have kids & yet bless those who do? I believe that it is.


25 posted on 04/12/2014 5:52:08 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: ClaytonP

Correlation != Causation

While I don’t disagree that our very survival as a culture is in jeopardy, small dogs are not the bringers of the apocalypse, even if I do find them unnecessary.


26 posted on 04/12/2014 6:08:15 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: DCBryan1

Follow up story ping.


27 posted on 04/12/2014 6:49:02 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (No $#@t there I was...)
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To: rarestia

Yes, small dogs in and of themselves are not a cause, they are a symptom.


28 posted on 04/12/2014 7:13:03 AM PDT by Darnright (To reach something good, it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.)
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To: Salamander

I am sorry. I bet you would have made a great mom.


29 posted on 04/12/2014 7:24:22 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Silentgypsy

Those things happen, but in my post I was referring more to women who would like to get married and just haven’t found someone yet. Owning a dog does not mean theyre bitter, nasty, career-obsessed, or reject children.

Also, many young women have found that men do not want to hear “Oh I’d love to get married and have three children!” It spooks men, and they bolt like a nervous horse before the second date. So the girls try to be cool and not admit it. Certainly not in public.


30 posted on 04/12/2014 8:17:07 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: luckystarmom
Well, I am now a total dog person. We all love our little puppy. She’s had lots of health problems, but she has the sweetest prrsonality. She’s been the right medicine for my family!

Yes, dogs are wonderful. I have always been a dog person, and, at this point in time, we have a wonderful corgi. We will both cry buckets when this doggie goes (he is getting older); but, (and I can't emphasize this enough), the dog is not my child. I have two children, they love the dog too; but, the dog is not a child. He is a wonderful companion; but, he is a dog --- not a child.

31 posted on 04/12/2014 8:20:52 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: ClaytonP

I have a few comments on this, without thorough reading or researching elsewhere.

-are just young women buying little dogs? What about the Boomers on the bubble of being the prime elders now? Older people like smaller dogs; sone change because a large dog is physically hard for them to handle.

-comparing it to babies born to 15-29? Seriously? Sorry, but most of that age bracket should NOT be bearing babies. I’m glad if there are fewer irresponsible children having babies out of wedlock.

-lonely playgrounds may be due much to parents’ ridiculous notions that children should be herded into forced organized activities instead of just plain playing. My neighborhood has more kids playing for fun during the weeknights than weekends (much as I HATE the neighbor who set up a hoop on our straight street to invite every kid to play in the street). Lots of times the weekend days here are like school times. No kids out. They make them go to these stupid activities.


32 posted on 04/12/2014 8:26:36 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: ClaytonP
I spent 10 years married to a sociopath, a man who oozed charm and could convince people he was wonderful in a matter of minutes. I tired of the lies and the financial surprises and bailed.

I now enjoy the society of cats, who will never do anything to harm me and who treat me pretty much as well as I treat them. I can live sanely, and have, since I left my husband.

Was I wrong not to have children with him? Was I wrong not to have children by somebody, anybody? I don't think so.

By the way, the trashing of little dog ownership (& I am not a dog person) is right out of Nazi propaganda films. How dare a proper couple not have children for the Fatherland?

I suggest that the failure of the young to have children has a lot more to do with the finances of actual working people. If a couple needs 3-4 jobs to stay even if they are going to have children, something is wrong. The unproductive class in this society, whose children are paid for by the rest of us, have plenty of children.
33 posted on 04/12/2014 8:33:36 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: ottbmare

Bingo. I tire of all this blame the woman.

I hear here also bemoaning how OLD women are having children. Well, some of us are moral and choosy, and once one reaches 30, it’s really hard to find a mate as the pool shrank so much with many of them already married. So, sometimes we are really old by the time we finally meet someone. Then we keep it closed until married. Then wait a bit. Before long I am 38 by the time my son comes along.

Not everyone is “selfish” who has a kid late.


34 posted on 04/12/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Salamander

I’m sorry to hear that Sal. You are such a cool lady.


35 posted on 04/12/2014 8:38:34 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: LibertarianLiz

I will say ours is a bit of a replacement for our older child who went off to college!


36 posted on 04/12/2014 8:45:29 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Silentgypsy

You are correct. My niece got married and a few months after the wedding she came home to find him with another woman. He had been cheating on her even when they were engaged! We were all thankful that she didn’t have children. He was a democrat!

I will add that now she is happily married to a nice guy and they are expecting their first kid.


37 posted on 04/12/2014 8:50:40 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Not everyone is “selfish” who has a kid late.

It is the natural thing for a healthy woman with a healthy husband to have children into her 40s, no matter what age she married. I was 45 when my youngest was born, and there's every indication that I could have a baby at 48. (However, I'm not pregnant right now.)

What's wrong is the idea that a healthy married couple has an obligation NOT to have children, just because of somebody else's prejudices, "You have too many. You're too old. I could never do that!"

Okay, fine. You (rhetorical you) could never do that. You're not as awesome as me!

38 posted on 04/12/2014 2:51:28 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat!)
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To: ottbmare
Funny that men are free to get spooked and bolt like a nervous horse but women aren't. Then they have to try to appear to be what they're not so that they can deceive each other. Terrific basis for a relationship. Then, bring some poor kids into the mix.

My point is that the women with little dogs aren't hurting anyone so they should be left alone. I'm really not concerned whether or not they want to be married, are bitter, whatever, as long as they're not producing children I have to support.

Oh, one other thing: two of my closest friends married men who did not want children. (Both women, like both men, are professionals--both men are at least fifteen years older than the women.) The men opted for vasectomies before both women had to have hysterectomies for medical reasons (uncontrolled hemmorhage and cancer, respectively).

In conclusion, people who would make judgments about other people's life decisions are just as bad as the stupid liberals who thing they should be able to control what we eat, what we earn, what we own, etc.

39 posted on 04/12/2014 3:11:20 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: Silentgypsy; ottbmare

Oops—thing=think
P.S. Both of the above-mentioned women wanted children. I knew them before they were married, so I believe it to be true.


40 posted on 04/12/2014 3:18:00 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: Silentgypsy; ottbmare
two of my closest friends married men who did not want children

It's a very sad situation when there's opposition between spouses on such a key issue.

41 posted on 04/12/2014 3:23:14 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat!)
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To: Tax-chick; Nepeta; elcid1970

Glad y’all are here! You have articulated why men and women must make their own reproductive decisions and butt out of everyone elses’ lives. (And they criticize the liberals who think they know what’s best for all of the unwashed masses.)


42 posted on 04/12/2014 3:41:44 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: Tax-chick

What I was getting at was that they could have dumped those guys while they still had all of their internal organs. They’re both very attractive and charismatic women. There must be some redeeming value in those two guys. It’s their business.


43 posted on 04/12/2014 3:48:18 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: Silentgypsy

It’s one thing to affirm that people need to use their own judgment, and that individual decisions should enjoy (so to speak) a presumption of respect.

On the other hand, at the aggregate, societal level, the mass result of individual decisions not to have children is a below-replacement birthrate.

I don’t mind saying, “You have to make your own decisions.” However, I want to add, “But stop complaining about how awful Mexicans and their children are.” If you read any history, you’ll see that good real estate is in demand, and if one ethnic/national group doesn’t fill it, another will.


44 posted on 04/12/2014 3:49:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat!)
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To: Silentgypsy
There must be some redeeming value in those two guys. It’s their business.

I agree, but I'm thinking about the pain. Since I walk around in public with a vanload of children, people talk to me about their reproductive decisions, unsolicited.

I get a lot of "My husband got fixed without telling me," and "My husband wouldn't have more," details unspecified, and an occasional (25%, maybe), "I wanted more but my wife wouldn't."

Spouses are hurting one another, and I feel bad for them, even if it's not my business to decide what was right for them.

I also hear from people who wanted children, or wanted more, and couldn't have them for medical reasons. I never cease to be grateful for my astoundingly good health!

45 posted on 04/12/2014 3:54:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat!)
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To: Tax-chick

Exactly! I love hearing about your beautiful, precious, fun family, and am so happy that you share these times with us! Whatever way the demographics go, they’ll go. This is without the scope of my control. I chose to have no more children than I could support. Then, the choice was removed. So be it. The Creator has guided me throughout my life; He won’t stop now. And, with that, I wish you good night and sweet dreams....


46 posted on 04/12/2014 5:45:25 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar.)
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To: ClaytonP

A couple of things jump out about our current demographic decline.

Marrying young and having children young is best for the genetic health of the children and for the health of the mother. Our society is at war with this for reasons other than the ideal for the children. Yes, economically speaking, waiting would provide more monetary stability. But, the waiting is really more for girls to go to college and then following through with the career to justify the expenditure.

In the meantime, young amorous males at the peak of their reproductive ability are out there horndogging around, picking up bad habits and worse. Presumptions of sexual equality demand that girls do the same. Not a good recipe for even a successful marriage at any point in life, let alone bringing children into it.

Males are severely disadvantaged both legally and economically by the courts in any divorce situation, which occurs what, about half the time? Bad odds, bad bet in general for men, and so marriage is declining.

Fatherhood regardless of marital status is severely disadvantaged legally and economically by the courts as well, so, yep, decline there too, among educated taxpaying males at least. Uneducated males on public assistance are another matter. They’re not held to the same standard and are not thrown into indentured servitude or what is tantamount to debtor’s prison for failing to provide draconian child support.

There are a lot of factors playing into this, self-centered lifestyle choices of women are only a part of it.


47 posted on 04/12/2014 6:07:26 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Silentgypsy

Indeed, in the big picture, what happens is what happens. I just hope our “Big Picture” doesn’t look like what’s happening in Ukraine. We’re fortunate that we don’t have a much more powerful contiguous neighbor.


48 posted on 04/12/2014 6:26:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat!)
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