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Is the economy creating a lost generation?
The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012 | Robert Samuelson

Posted on 12/09/2012 9:21:05 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

This is not a good time to be starting out in life. Jobs are scarce, and those that exist often pay unexpectedly low wages. Beginning a family — always stressful and uncertain — is increasingly a stretch. The weak economy begets weak family formation. We instinctively know this; several new studies now deepen our understanding.

When the labor market operates smoothly, it creates an economic escalator. Just out of high school or college, young workers typically switch jobs frequently until they find something that fits their talent and temperament. Job changes often mean higher pay; people move to advance themselves. The more they succeed, the more confident they feel in marrying and having children.

The most startling evidence of the broken escalator is the collapse in marriages and births. Marriage has been declining for years. Now, in a new study, the Pew Research Center finds that in 2011 the U.S. birth rate (births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44) fell to its lowest level since at least 1920, the earliest year of reliable statistics. From 2007 to 2011, the U.S. birth rate dropped almost 9 percent. The total fertility rate — the estimated number of children born to adult women in their lifetime — has fallen four straight years to 1.9 (the replacement rate is 2.1).

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lostgeneration

1 posted on 12/09/2012 9:21:11 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Obama and his bizarre anti capitalist EPA that spews job killing anti business regulations daily are ruining the prospects of this and future generations.


2 posted on 12/09/2012 9:26:00 PM PST by allendale
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s not just the economy. It’s all the PC, socialist brainwashing they receive via public school and entertainment that’s hurting them as well.


3 posted on 12/09/2012 9:26:10 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: MinorityRepublican
my mom was one of 10....she produced 6...I produced 3....and its more than likely that my 3 offspring will produce only 2....THAT is the problem folks...

having children means you are confident about life...confident that with hard work your status will improve and your kids will do very well....

we have a generation that has very little confidence...not that I blame them...(but they are bammey voters)

4 posted on 12/09/2012 9:31:16 PM PST by cherry
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To: ReformationFan

Proudly went to public school.

I saw the writing on the wall 2 years ago and decided to go to uni in a friendly yet more socially and economically stable country. My degree ends soon and going back home is the last thing I want to do (as much as that hurts to say).


5 posted on 12/09/2012 9:31:50 PM PST by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: MinorityRepublican

These leftists are starting to notice?

Let me guess their prescription is ten times more of what caused it


6 posted on 12/09/2012 9:33:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ReformationFan

Heck it’s not just kids. The financial services industries have been cutting back like crazy. Here in Chicago between the computerization of the trading floors. The looting of MF Global and PFG I know plenty of guys who are on the ropes with no prospects. In the past week alone one guy I know went from being a trader to bagging groceries another had a breakdown and entered himself in a psych ward and a third shot himself. ..three kids. All this week! In the old days if you went broke trading you just picked up another job. Now it’s much harder and these guys are older now too. I’m not saying that any of these guys are innocent. They should have prepped for a worst case scenario. Still its weird to ser such carnage.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 9:41:13 PM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Other circumstances caused me to become lost, but this is taking my life preserver and now I’m flailing my arms.


8 posted on 12/09/2012 9:54:06 PM PST by wastedyears (I don't want to live on this planet anymore.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Evil leftists create it.


9 posted on 12/09/2012 10:18:24 PM PST by granada
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To: cherry
my 3 children each have 2., and they will not have any. Not that they don't want children, just don't want to bring them into this world. Good thinking.

Sorry I won't be a great grandmother, but that's ok.

10 posted on 12/09/2012 10:18:24 PM PST by annieokie
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To: annieokie
“Not that they don't want children, just don't want to bring them into this world”

We saw this coming 50 years ago and made the decision to not have children that would have to live through it.

hat we have now we expected at least 20 years ago and it has only been delayed by conservatives fighting but it has only been a delay!

We are fighting a school system that has destroyed at least 40 years of youth,.

11 posted on 12/09/2012 10:43:35 PM PST by dalereed
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To: abercrombie_guy_38
I saw the writing on the wall 2 years ago and decided to go to uni in a friendly yet more socially and economically stable country.

Any chance you might care to divulge the name of that country?

Regards (from Germany),

12 posted on 12/10/2012 12:09:00 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: annieokie
The best thing you can do is have children. It has always been a risk and always been a net positive. Are things tough, Sure! They always are.

Yet, WE live in a time of great abundance where the poor outweigh the rich. Life expectancies are tipping to the late seventies and things change, they get worse they get better.

My God. Let's get a little perspective. Those who limit their child bearing to one or two do themselves, their children and their societies a disservice.

Since Malthus we have heard about the Earth not being able to support the coming swarms of people, NOW we can support more people than live on the planet from this country alone. TODAY Starvation is the result of war and poor governance, not traditional famine and inability to produce edible goods.

I spent the end of my day at a candle lighting ceremony for a support group for parents who have lost a child. The pain for all of us is terrible, but it seems even greater for those who have only the one or two children. I am so grateful that we where blessed with four children, and only wish we had four more.

the truth is, none of us is doing anything more important in life than raising the next Conservative generation.

Put a little faith in the future, have kids, have lots of them. A smart child today has a great chance of running the World tomorrow. God knows the stupid bread!

13 posted on 12/10/2012 12:31:07 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Blackirish
As one who debated going into the financial industry myself (used to work for JP Morgan for years in IT and was about to shift) there was a strong monetary incentive to do so in the years 2004-2007. Traders I knew in my experience range who handled their portfolios worst than I did my private one were getting multiples of my salary

didn't change for personal reasons, but thank God for that -- there is a glut in the financial services market and many jobs have to get axed.

hopefully many folks saved.

14 posted on 12/10/2012 12:55:49 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Jim from C-Town
God knows the stupid bread!

And has cast it on the waters.

15 posted on 12/10/2012 1:17:22 AM PST by Misterioso ( "Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Jim from C-Town
Those who limit their child bearing to one or two do themselves, their children and their societies a disservice.

God bless the illegals from south of the border. They are helping to save our country.

16 posted on 12/10/2012 1:29:39 AM PST by Misterioso ( "Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Misterioso
God bless the illegals from south of the border. They are helping to save our country.

You're joking, right?

17 posted on 12/10/2012 1:49:25 AM PST by wastedyears (I don't want to live on this planet anymore.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Is the economy creating a lost generation?”

No, but satan has.

LLS


18 posted on 12/10/2012 2:56:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: ReformationFan

It’s not just the economy. It’s all the PC, socialist brainwashing they receive via public school and entertainment that’s hurting them as well.
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We are living the nightmare that was England in the 1970’s but without the hope of a big brother (the US) as potential saviour. Maybe we’ll get some good music out of it.


19 posted on 12/10/2012 3:41:20 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: MinorityRepublican
Most of them will rush to sign up for govt "benefits" as long as they can get an EBT slave card.


20 posted on 12/10/2012 4:46:03 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Jim from C-Town
I as their grandmother understand both sides. Your arguement and theirs. It is not my decision, I will not have to raise the children, I will not be here to help protect them against all the EVIL that they are going to face.

You are correct in saying that we need more Conservative's to be born. We need more Christian families to produce. That is not happening or going to happen.

That leaves only the 47%er's who ARE producing add that to the Illegals. THERE IS no hope for a Conservative future, that is a fact.

May God have Mercy on the last 47%'er that is left to pick up the TAB, that is when they will discover the errors of their procreating ways, but by then it will be 75 to 90%. No one left to pay the bill for them. Too bad & so sad.

Can we say then "Forgive them THEY known not what they did", but OH, they did know. I wish it were not SO, but it is just the writing on the wall.

21 posted on 12/10/2012 8:12:12 AM PST by annieokie
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To: dalereed
What we have now we expected at least 20 years ago and it has only been delayed by conservatives fighting but it has only been a delay!"""""......

I think you are right about that, 20 years ago. I just did not think it would get this bad at that time.

It has been a series of gradual happening's. From Hollywood, Music and Congressional Legislation that has deterioated America's culture as we desire it.

For Christian Conservatives to continue to have children, is nothing more that having them produce more children to feed to the LIONS. Work/slave for us OR ELSE.

It is said that G.d, knows who the very last person that will accept HIS SON, and HE is not willing that any shall perish. Perhaps we are seeing this in the making at this very time. This is the first time I have thought about what that message may mean, but possible.

22 posted on 12/10/2012 8:24:37 AM PST by annieokie
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To: MinorityRepublican
Yes. By design.

Ubama and his fellow travelers want to destroy America.

America is the only thing standing in the way of their totalitarian socialist utopia.

23 posted on 12/10/2012 8:44:09 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: Misterioso

Yes, it was late and I spent the day baking. Breed Bread Whatever!


24 posted on 12/10/2012 9:54:50 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Misterioso

In many ways they are. As we continue to birth control and abort our way out of a future, somebody has to pay for the future.

Immigrants doing the procreating that Americans will not do!


25 posted on 12/10/2012 9:57:15 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: annieokie
The real problem is that people value their Starbucks $4 coffees, new cars, expensive vacations and 4,000 and 5,000 Sq FT homes than they value the idea of children. Children, for most Americans are simply another chic accessory, right along with their ‘Christian’ faith. A faith that universally rejected birth control until the 1930’s.

Now even some main line Protestant religions are ‘OK’, if not promoting birth control, the ‘Morning After’ pill, and in many instances, abortion on demand & euthanasia.

What has this lead to? A significantly coarser, more Leftist, sexually permissive, & morally bankrupt society that believes their own convenience is more important than another persons life.

I am not saying that my family is any better. I am the second of six, my wife is the youngest of seven. On her side of the family only one of her siblings has more than two children. She has a brother with three. On my side I have one sister who has four children, we have four, only 3 at home (our second born, Douglas, died in 2010 at 25 months old) and would be glad to have more, but we married late in life & age is more than creeping up on us. Besides that every other sibling has two children. My one brother has been married for eight years since he was 22 and has no children and my youngest brother is getting married in July.

26 posted on 12/10/2012 11:23:10 AM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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