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Robot Babies, No-Kids Tax, and Other Ways Nations Try to Up the Birth Rate
The Atlantic ^ | Jan 15 2013

Posted on 01/27/2013 1:01:59 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Somewhere in the panic around the birth of the 7 billionth person, the news that the world's population growth was actually slowing got lost.

According to a recent article in Slate, it took the world 13 years to grow from 6 to 7 billion people, but only 12 to go from 5 to 6 billion. The implication is that population growth is slowing, and according to some estimates, may stop completely within the lifespan of people alive right now. The world's population may cap out at 9 billion.

So we're saved, right? After all, many of the world's ills, from crime to pollution, water shortages to the impending wheat crisis, tend to be blamed on overpopulation. But a low birth rate is a problem of a different sort: Once this generation has fewer children, the next generation is bound to have even fewer. That means that there will be more elderly than there are young, and fewer people around to care for those older people, plus a diminishing labor population and decreased future tax revenues. All this spells fiscal instability and economic stagnation in the long run.

(Of course, at the same time, Britain's second most shout-y tabloid, The Daily Mail, is wailing about Britain's "population boom," powered by those baby-making immigrants who are putting a strain on the country's resources. So you can't ever win.)

Some countries that regard their birth rates as too low (less than 2.1 children per woman, which is the replacement rate necessary to maintain a population) have embarked on campaigns to help up it; often, measures include tax credits for children or financial aid in some way. Others, however, are thinking a bit more creatively.

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1 posted on 01/27/2013 1:02:06 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Need to work on tech that will allow all the aborted babies to be incubated in artificial wombs.

Then open up a chain of “abortion/adoption” clinics to put planned parenthood out of business by saving these children who would have been murdered instead.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 1:08:47 PM PST by GraceG
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To: MinorityRepublican
There is no surplus population!

 

“The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him, whether he is part of the surplus population; or  if not, how he knows he is not.” [1925]

~~G. K. Chesterton

 


3 posted on 01/27/2013 1:43:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How about an abortion tax? You’ve just killed off a taxpayer that could have earned quite a bit of money for the government. How about $50,000, a token $1000 for each 50 years or so of earnings that that person could have generated.

55 million dead for convenience. That’s a lotta dead taxpayers, from a libtard perspective.


4 posted on 01/27/2013 2:36:19 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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