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The Coming Demographic Winter
Crisis Magazine ^ | January 7, 2014 | Regis Martin

Posted on 01/07/2014 9:55:32 AM PST by NYer

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Tourism, as anyone with a passport can tell you, has become a very big business, particularly in places that no longer thrive in the customary practices of industry and commerce. Take Genoa, for instance, one of Europe’s largest cities along the Mediterranean coast and still the grandest seaport in all Italy, whose bright and shiny brochures advertise an array of attractions from castles to cuisine, beaches to basilicas. There is even a museum or two containing works by such great Flemish masters as Rubens and van Dijk. Then, having slaked one’s appetite for art, one can always wander through the alleyways of the ancient city in search of the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, who long ago left Genoa to go in search of a New World.

I did a quick Google search and, instantly, no fewer than 278 fun things to do in Genoa popped up. And while I do not propose to walk the reader through the list in order to verify its accuracy, I will tell you that there is at least one fun thing that hasn’t been done for a very long time in Genoa. And that is to hear the laughter of little children, whose disappearance from the streets and courtyards of this once flourishing city is the real untold story behind all the tourism hype.

So where have they all gone? That shouldn’t be too hard to puzzle out. The fact is, as a direct result of too many couples deciding not to have children—or at most only one—they have never been conceived. The Genovese, by the way, appear to be not the least bit sheepish about the matter, their refusal to welcome new life the obvious outcome of a mindset that emphasizes pleasure at the expense of progeny. “In Italy,” as one observer wryly put it, “they don’t have children. They have dogs and cats.”

The government, meanwhile, has worked itself up into a great lather over falling birthrates, even going so far as to propose that couples amendable to having kids be financially compensated for their efforts to enlarge the population pool. So far, however, the campaign to stoke the furnace of fertility has proven to be something of a bust. “They say, ‘Make babies; it’s our future,’ but how can you really?” asked Marco Ranucci, who owns and operates a small café, where he puts in ten hours a day, complaining that the current “baby bonus” per child is less than the cost of a year’s supply of baby formula.

Do the women of Genoa not have breasts? Or are they too busy baring them on the beaches to remember exactly what they are for? How on earth did our ancestors ever survive without government subsidies for baby formula?

Of course we Americans are hardly in a position to boast since our own fertility rates are far from bullish. Indeed, the birthrate over here has plummeted to the lowest levels in U.S. history, rivaling even the most dismal days of the Great Depression. From 2007 to 2011, which is the period where the latest hard data exists, the fertility rate fell by 9 percent. Another way of putting it is to compare the rates of maternity-free American women from the 1970s, which was 1 in 10, with those of today, which are twice that number, which is to say, 1 in 5. And while the change is perhaps not yet as catastrophic as in Italy, where nearly one-fourth of childbearing women will never give birth, it is nevertheless a pretty dramatic and disturbing trend. Across the Western world, in other words, a looming demographic winter is taking shape.

Not that there aren’t babies being born in the West, only that more and more they tend to be the offspring of immigrant women, whose openness to new life stands in striking contrast to the ennui that characterizes the resolutely childless. And who are these immigrant women whose children more and more provide the numbers that keep the life force going? Would it surprise you to know that many of them are Muslim? And that the fertility missiles leaving the launching pad are fueled largely by faith? The English philosopher Roger Scruton, in a moving piece from his book Gentle Regrets, puts it in chilling terms: “The Muslims in our midst,” he writes, “do not share our impious attitude to absent generations. They come to us from the demographic infernos of North Africa and Pakistan, like Aeneas from the burning ruins of Troy, each with an old man on his shoulders, a child at his feet, and his hands full of strange gods. They are manifestly in the business of social, as well as biological, reproduction. They show us what we really stand to lose, if we hold nothing sacred: namely, the future.”

And to whom, finally, does the future belong? It belongs to those who show up, which is to say, to the fertile. Provided, that is, they remain tethered to life, to fruitfulness. What happens to a society prescinded from that procreative urge, a society in which the full meaning of eros has been either thwarted or trivialized, is a kind of suicide. That men and women will no longer do what the animals do without having to think about doing it? What else can that be but an invitation to extinction. A state of entropy entirely self-inflicted, too. In an op-ed piece that appeared December 2012 in the New York Times, columnist Ross Douthat makes the point that society’s “retreat from child rearing is, at some level, a symptom of late-modern exhaustion,” a condition of “decadence,” he calls it, evoking “ a spirit that privileges the present over the future.”

Call it what you like, it certainly portends doom for the civilization in which, for those of us lucky enough to be born and bred in it, would rather prefer not to see destroyed. It took Gibbon six volumes to set down the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. A civilization incapable of even reproducing itself hardly needs that many, and probably doesn’t deserve any.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: demographics; europe; italy; us
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Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Martin is the author of a number of books, including, most recently, Still Point: Loss, Longing, and Our Search for God (2012). He resides in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife and ten children.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 9:55:32 AM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
“In Italy,” as one observer wryly put it, “they don’t have children. They have dogs and cats.”

Ditto in the US.

2 posted on 01/07/2014 9:56:14 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

The documentary, entitled Demographic Winter, can be found here, and watched here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZeyYIsGdAA

Even some secular professors will admit that those who are religious and poor, will pretty much make up the majority of the population.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 9:58:52 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: NYer

I think feminism bears much of the blame for this.

Feminism teaches women to men and men to be women. When this happens, procreation becomes more of a challenge.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 9:59:05 AM PST by staytrue
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To: NYer

Yep. Whenever I am in any sort of public gathering I am struck with how few visibly pregnant women there are. Random chance would dictate at least enough to notice.

Making all birth control “free” sure won’t help.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 10:00:00 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NYer

I did my part. Others have to do the same.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 10:02:29 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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To: NYer
I am astounded at the number of people I know of my generation who fall into one of these categories:
  1. Never married
  2. Married but no children
  3. Married with only one child
On the bright side, we and our children are doing our part to make up for it.

PS: Most of the above have nicer homes, cars and vacations than we, but our weekends and holidays more fun.

7 posted on 01/07/2014 10:06:10 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: NYer

Chesterton on birth control/population control:

In 1925 Chesterton wrote an introduction to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in which he said that “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.”

8 posted on 01/07/2014 10:07:20 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

As an Italian-raised Catholic with a large family, it is devastating to watch what it happening around me. My father’s oldest sister has three children, one of whom is gay, another who is married and avowed to not conceive, and another who is still too young to pin but is born of another man than the first two. My father’s youngest sister bore one boy before menopause, and he’s turning out to be a future convict.

My younger brother is yet to be married, and he turned 31 on Sunday. If there’s anyone who might, I believe it to be him. I turn 34 in a few weeks, but my wife is 6 years my senior and due to turn 40 in February. To say that I hear her clock ticking louder than she does is an understatement, but she’s an only child. We live very comfortably and give generously. As much as I want children, I’m starting to accede to the fact that it might not happen. It breaks my heart knowing that the entire next generation of my family might not exist or be left solely to one man who still has to put his life together after a decade-long battle with substance abuse.

On top of all of this, my wife and I talk all the time about how unjust would it be to bring a child into the world as it is? There’s so much death and destruction in our world now, and I feel like I would be helpless to make a child’s life great with so much devastation on the horizon.

I will continue to try until her very last eggs, but even as we do, I can’t help but think I’ll be dying without any children at my bedside; and it makes me feel so empty.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 10:07:55 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: NYer
...one can always wander through the alleyways of the ancient city in search of the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, who long ago left Genoa to go in search of a New World.

No, he was looking for India. He found a place with people and called them Indians..............

10 posted on 01/07/2014 10:09:22 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Morpheus2009
"Even some secular professors will admit that those who are religious and poor, will pretty much make up the majority of the population."

This was predicted 2,000 years ago:

"The meek shall inherit the earth."

11 posted on 01/07/2014 10:11:17 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Gay marriage is a machination of the Father of Lies to deceive the children of God."- Pope Francis)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Whenever I am in any sort of public gathering I am struck with how few visibly pregnant women there are.
This is very true. I've seen maybe three or four expecting women since August. Our kids are all in their midish-20s, and only one has a friend who is married. The others group together and rent, or they live with their significant other, and then use birth control. It's so ugly, so blank, but that's all they've known, because they were born into an abortion world.
12 posted on 01/07/2014 10:13:12 AM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: 3Fingas

I am number 13 of 16, and my wife is number three of 5.

We raised 7 and have 31 grand children.

We are doing our part.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 10:13:36 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Now is the winter of our missed content..................


14 posted on 01/07/2014 10:14:43 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: rarestia

Don’t worry about the ‘world as it is’ for it has always been that way. Let God take care of the world, you just take care of the family and and He will reward you handsomely...................


15 posted on 01/07/2014 10:18:01 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I’d subtract the poor in the developed world. The true poor in the 3rd world are still mostly meek. The FSA in this country definitely not.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 10:18:47 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Not all of them anyways, some of them buy heavily into what some demagogue preaches to them and get riled up, especially in the developed world.


17 posted on 01/07/2014 10:23:59 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: mlizzy

Me too, it honestly doesn’t seem like there are that many anymore, but as I said before, it also seems like the reason why libs are so mad at some of the traditional religious types is to simply encourage us to go down with ‘em.

At this point, with TV thrown into the trash with recycled material and TV hosts like the crude tampon-earring lady, I personally don’t care to watch any of it. I might see what’s going on via the internet, and I know the alert sirens at this point, in case the TV Warning isn’t enough.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 10:27:11 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: Buckeye McFrog

When I am in some towns - where the young people are mostly Hispanic now, and the white poeple are older with families grown and gone - I see many pregnant young women, bellies displayed in tight T-shirts, pushing a stroller and a child or two holding on to that.

Another town, with a large ultra-orthodox Jewish population - mothers stand at one corner with a flock of little girls, waiting for the school bus, the fathers on the other corner with the boys. The pregnant bellies are concealed more modestly, but the women have a child every year or two, starting before they are twenty years old.

I live in a town where East Indians and Chinese have two children apiece, and white families of Christian origin can have as many as four without raising eyebrows, but this is a place where upper middle-class people come to have children. There are so many people who wouldn’t be caught dead out here in the ‘burbs - the city has so much to offer, except making it easy to raise children.

When I went to my twentieth high school reunion, about a third of the women had not had a child. Some have since had a late baby, but not many.

The future belongs to those who show up - I tried, but I fear my children will find themselves out-numbered.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 10:27:35 AM PST by heartwood
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To: NYer

Meanwhile islamic women in Europe are having 6 babies per woman. Problem solved.


20 posted on 01/07/2014 10:27:38 AM PST by lurk
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To: Salvation

Just had to say, I loved this comment.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 10:28:02 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: NYer

I think a major part of the problem is the flight of jobs to other countries and the government’s debasement of the value of our currency. People who can afford to have children tend to have them. But if they not only can’t afford it, but fear for what little income they do have, they decide against having kids. I asked my renters, both of whom work at Wal-Mart if they’re going to have a second child. The husband told me, “There’s no way I can see a future where we could afford to raise a second child.” (They’re both sweet kids and I wanted to steer them into a bigger unit. I’m giving them a good deal on 1000 sq ft, but he’s right, they can’t afford a 3/2 even at the discount I’d give them for being such good renters.)


22 posted on 01/07/2014 10:28:07 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Red Badger

LOL


23 posted on 01/07/2014 10:29:02 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: rarestia
"...my wife and I talk all the time about how unjust would it be to bring a child into the world as it is"

Oh.

Unlike the generation that came of age during WWII - or the Depression - or WWI - or the Worldwide Influenza Epidemic of 1918, or, geez, the Seven Years War - or the Hundred Years War - or the Black Plague - or the Barbarian Invasions (a.k.a. "Great Migration of Peoples") - or locusts, drought, floods and epidemics - or the annual Viking raids - or....

You, me, we can all thank 20,000 generations of ancestors who all, without a break, without one exception, decided to procreate despite everything, do or die, hoping for a future they could not see ahead of them, but could see in their children's eyes...

Your wife may have 100 ovulations left, and you can make the best of your chances by doing NFP. (I'm not kidding.) I hope one or two of your 100 million sperm will hit the Jackpot.

God be with you, and keep in mind that one of the greatest themes of the Holy is "Geriatric Maternity." Pray to the God of Hannah, Sarah, and Samson's mom.

I add my Amen!

24 posted on 01/07/2014 10:29:16 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("I set before you this day Life and Death, a Blessing and a Curse. Therefore choose LIfe.....")
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To: heartwood

Really, that is sad to say 20.

I was married a little after 10 to my wife, but then again, my parents were the kind that wanted me to get independent and live out on my own, so looking back, that was a good thing.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 10:29:50 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: rarestia

Life has always been hard and full of death and pain and possible disaster.

It was worse for our great-great grandparents, and yet they brought children brought into this world to struggle and suffer and die. Was it only because they couldn’t help it, or because they knew that’s the way life is and always has been, and still believed in something beyond the suffering?


26 posted on 01/07/2014 10:32:23 AM PST by heartwood
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To: Gen.Blather

” “There’s no way I can see a future where we could afford to raise a second child.”

It’s sad he feels that way.

I was born in 1932. My friends and I,all depression kids,did very well.

It took a lot of sacrifice on our parents’ part,but it can be done.

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27 posted on 01/07/2014 10:34:00 AM PST by Mears
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Personally, my wife and I decided we’ll do it. But much of what the world has to offer, we simply just don’t have to bring into our home. That’s what I have to say about family life now, and that’s the way it always should have been. Make the home more special, and more sacred, as you can than the rest of the world, that’s an available option, and a one worth taking, even in today’s world. I don’t judge the situation, and like I said, the best of your own abilities.


28 posted on 01/07/2014 10:35:01 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: Gen.Blather

One thing the current generation of potential parents don’t consider is having kids actually SHARE a room. There’s the idea that if you have X kids then you need X+2 bedrooms. One for each child, one for the parents and a guest room.

These kids are at a big disadvantage when they get to college and have to actually SHARE a room with another human being. I was one of those kids. My roomie’s BREATHING kept me awake. I’d never slept in the room with anyone else before.

My kids share a room. They sleep through just about anything too.


29 posted on 01/07/2014 10:36:09 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Jeff Chandler
Most of the above have nicer homes, cars and vacations than we, but our weekends and holidays more fun.

You also have a family that will be at your side in good times and bad. The singles do not.

I live in a townhouse community with a large group of aging, unmarried and childless women. They all have dogs! What astounds me, though, is they have all recently redone their kitchens. None of them cooks, nor do they entertain guests. I coyly inquired as to why they were going to such great expense and was told "it improves the property value". Yet, none of them plans on selling their homes; if anything, each one is retired and plans to remain there until they drop dead.

It's truly sad, especially because they shelved the possibility of a family, in order to pursue a career. Now they are left with a dog and expensive kitchen.

30 posted on 01/07/2014 10:45:54 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Black Agnes

I have five and our oldest two are having babies anytime.


31 posted on 01/07/2014 10:49:20 AM PST by arkfreepdom
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To: rarestia
On top of all of this, my wife and I talk all the time about how unjust would it be to bring a child into the world as it is? There’s so much death and destruction in our world now, and I feel like I would be helpless to make a child’s life great with so much devastation on the horizon...I will continue to try until her very last eggs, but even as we do, I can’t help but think I’ll be dying without any children at my bedside; and it makes me feel so empty.
St. Gerard is very powerful. My m-i-l had eight!
32 posted on 01/07/2014 10:51:13 AM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: NYer

My 18 cousins(both sides), all baby boomers; had 19 children. A 1.05 replacement rate. A population half life or 30 years. Sad.

Pretty soon it will be Detroit everywhere. Subdivisions back to farms, feral dogs and Muslims in the city.


33 posted on 01/07/2014 10:52:07 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: rarestia
my wife and I talk all the time about how unjust would it be to bring a child into the world as it is?

This is despair and defeatism (and maybe a little cowardice). When was the world ever a just place? People these days are so unwilling to risk losing something that they don't even attempt trying to have it.

Happily ever after is not how the story ends in this life. Accept that there will be fear and pain and uncertainty and get on with living your life adventure while trusting God for the happy ending in the ever after.

34 posted on 01/07/2014 10:54:23 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: NYer

Somebody’s making babies in Italy, and it ain’t Italians.


35 posted on 01/07/2014 10:55:53 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: arkfreepdom

Good for you. These days, ‘average’ homes have at most 4 bedrooms. 1 kid in each of 2 rooms, parents in another and a free one for computer room, exercise room, game room, play room or guest room or combination of those. Heaven forbid guests sleep on a sleeper sofa or the kids crash on the living room floor and give up their rooms to a guest. Heaven forbid the kids actually share a room with one another.

I’m betting, I could be wrong, that you didn’t have seven bedrooms in your home?


36 posted on 01/07/2014 10:56:43 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: NYer

This problem in Italy and Europe cannot be understated. I spend a lot of time in Milan. It is a novelty to see parents pushing a stroller for a walk in the park.


37 posted on 01/07/2014 10:58:10 AM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: NYer

In defense of DINKYs. . .
Lots of folks should never have kids. Lousy parents make lousy kids.
Lots of people can’t care for children without destroying them.
Lots of people hate children.
Lots of people abuse children.

If you will love your children, make a bunch of ‘em.


38 posted on 01/07/2014 11:00:03 AM PST by Macoozie (1) Win the Senate 2) Repeal Obamacare 3) Impeach Roberts)
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To: Salvation

“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.”

Easy.

Those who are not part of the surplus population, realize there is a surplus population.


39 posted on 01/07/2014 11:01:00 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Whenever I am in any sort of public gathering I am struck with how few visibly pregnant women there are.

You must live in an overwhelmingly white locale. I see many pregnant black and hispanic women, often with multiple children in tow.
40 posted on 01/07/2014 11:02:54 AM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: NYer

“Now they are left with a dog and expensive kitchen.”

That is an excellent description of the older white liberals I’ve met! Divorced or unmarried, but often multiple divorces. No kids, or no kids who want to be around them. Bitter about men, but lovers of government. I’d swear some of them think Obama will be at their bedside when they are dying. More likely, it will be Obama’s Father, coming to take their shriveled souls...


41 posted on 01/07/2014 11:03:52 AM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Trod Upon

I believe you are correct.
Every year 2.48 million (mostly white, majority R voting) people die and are replaced by 2.5 million (heavily minority, largely D voting) people (births and immigrants).


42 posted on 01/07/2014 11:06:13 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Mears

“It took a lot of sacrifice on our parents’ part,but it can be done.”

Your parents could do things in the ‘30’s you can’t do today. My grandfather installed windows, tore down and salvaged buildings and remodeled and built homes from scratch and lifted pianos and safes to second and third floor rooms. Today you’d have to get liscences, permits, bonds, pay unemployment comply with work rules and be incorporated to do most of the things he did. The government assumes if you’re going to build a home that you’re in the business of doing so and you must incorporate, apply for and acquire certification, licenses, pay taxes etc. So you can’t just take a job now and then as they come available. Then there are the taxes on the property you already “own.” in 1995 I paid $500 in property taxes. Just ten years later it was $1600 dollars. The county declared that the extra lot I own next door is valued at $28,000 even though I showed them none have sold for more than $8,000. (Those were sold by banks, they said, and didn’t count.)

By making it harder to make money the state makes it harder to have children. Then the state steps in and says you’re not treating your kids right or are abusing them and threatens to take them away for being too fat or too thin.

To have more children we need less government at all levels.


43 posted on 01/07/2014 11:07:04 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: rarestia

“On top of all of this, my wife and I talk all the time about how unjust would it be to bring a child into the world as it is? There’s so much death and destruction in our world now, and I feel like I would be helpless to make a child’s life great with so much devastation on the horizon.”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228340.100-steven-pinker-humans-are-less-violent-than-ever.html#.UsxQO7SaY-Y


44 posted on 01/07/2014 11:07:59 AM PST by WILLIALAL
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Whenever I am in any sort of public gathering I am struck with how few visibly pregnant women there are. Random chance would dictate at least enough to notice.”

In my area, at these gatherings, there are few pregnant American women but 1 out of 4 Hispanic women are.


45 posted on 01/07/2014 11:11:04 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Black Agnes

No. Five.


46 posted on 01/07/2014 11:13:08 AM PST by arkfreepdom
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To: Jeff Chandler

“I am astounded at the number of people I know of my generation who fall into one of these categories:1.Never married
2.Married but no children
3.Married with only one child
On the bright side, we and our children are doing our part to make up for it.
PS: Most of the above have nicer homes, cars and vacations than we, but our weekends and holidays more fun.”

Same here; those unmarried or married without children often treat pets as kids.


47 posted on 01/07/2014 11:13:33 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: NYer
Would it surprise you to know that many of them are Muslim?

How about MOST of them are Muslim?

48 posted on 01/07/2014 11:29:38 AM PST by Salvey
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To: NYer

I’ve pointed out on FR going on 10 years now a simple reasoning that goes like this:

—> Higher Taxes and Inflation
—> Women moved to workforce
—> Female Independence
—> More Divorce, Abortion and Lower Fertility Rates
—> Demographic Vacuum sucking more Foreign Immigration
—> Cultural Changes that are Un-American
—> Public Education Abandons Moral Instruction
—> Hedonism, Selfishness, More Divorce and Lower Fertility Rates

A vicious cyle is created with the root laying at higher taxes and men unable to support a family.

All of the the above and the following has developed since the 1960s.

1. The income tax bite on the middle class has doubled and the average family budget portion for the family home mortgage has nearly tripled. This is the result of increased government and Fed Reserve induced inflation on home values. This is not free market capitalism at work, this is greed at work and a government that does not know its limits.

2. The failure of family budgeting has caused women to enter the workforce in droves and has spurred egalitarianism with respect to gender. Women working compelled younger women to seek higher education and to climb income ladders within organizations. Higher incomes for women have made them less dependent on men who lost their role as traditional breadwinners. Independent minded women are also less attractive to traditional men. The result is childbearing is put off until the biological clocks force women to settle with an often further result of divorce while maintaining independence and having children.

3. Public education has eviscerated Christianity from the classrooms and auditoriums. This has led to young people with no firm moral grounding. Hence, divorce, hedonism and selfishness have pervaded the culture in the name of “Let’s have fun!” and “What’s in it for me?”. Critical thinking is a thing of the past. Everything fashionable is based on going along to get along with an occasional argument based on moral relativism and most importantly public education fosters a ‘never question authority’ ethos.

All of this started with massive taxation on the middle class. The tax code must be reformed. The FairTax is by far the best solution for federal tax reform.


49 posted on 01/07/2014 11:30:54 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Gen.Blather
"To have more children we need less government at all levels."

I wonder. Families need to be encouraged. The biggest reason I hear for not having children is fear of the cost of education. Also the desire for two income families to 'keep up'. Divorce is easy, the pill is handy, gay marriage and the single mom are in style. The stay at home Mom is considered a waste of talent.

50 posted on 01/07/2014 11:31:26 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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