The New York Times reports that, according to the Pew Research Center, U.S. birthrates in 2011 hit the lowest rate ever recorded, with just 63 births per 1000 women of childbearing age (the rate was 71 per 1000 in 1990). For the first time in recent memory, Americans are having fewer babies than the French or British. What are the reasons for this? Well, it’s possible that, thanks perhaps to Ayn Rand and “The Virtue of Selfishness,” sybaritic young Americans would rather splurge on themselves, and not on those proverbial “bundles of joy.” Or, it’s also possible that, with same-sex marriage being the in-thing among young people, they are all gayly cohabiting with mirror-images of themselves; and if they want children, why, they can always adopt from the expanding pool of unwanted babies resulting from rape or incest among pro-life forces on the religious right.
It puzzles me why Republicans are having such a problem with immigration reform. Most Hispanics are Roman Catholic who obey the Pope, who do not practice birth control, and who therefore continue to have more children than their white neighbors. It would be logical to assume that Latino kids would grow up thanking the Republicans that they were conceived and born, that they would all go on to vote Republican, and yet this has not happened. Turning against the Dream Act has turned out to be a nightmare for the GOP, resulting in the overwhelming Latino vote for Barack Obama last November.
I’m not sure which ethnic group is having more sex, but it’s the Latinos, the Blacks and the Asians who are having more babies, babies who will grow up to work and pay into the system that will keep social security secure for all the American generations yet to come. Dream on, People of Color, dream on. But, above all, continue to increase and multiply.
Fewer babies for all would be healthier for the planet.Adopting unwanted babies is excellent. More babies are now being born in Frnce because France has excellent health care for women and daycare for infants.
At least the US birthrate isn’t as low as Italy’s! And it’ll be interesting to see how many cranks come out of the woodwork because of this news….