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Sunday, January 8, 2017

What Child is This?

As per the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial on the traditional date for the celebration of the Epiphany:
"the federal government released the latest cautionary note about our demographic future, announcing last summer that the U.S. birthrate had hit a record low....

"The U.S. birthrate dropped below 60 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age in the second quarter of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, the lowest figure since the government began tracking the statistic more than a century ago. The next quarter saw a slight rebound, but not enough to change an inexorable downward trend dating to the baby boom and, since the Great Recession, often outpacing expectations....

"A shrinking population may improve the parking situation, but given the consequences for the labor force, economic growth, and tax revenue, it doesn't do much else for developed nations.

"Japan, plagued by few births and general hostility to immigration, has seen its population decline and its economy stagnate. Italy, Spain, and other European nations are facing similar demographic and economic pressures....

"Japan and other fertility-challenged nations have discovered that once negative population trends have begun, they're difficult to reverse" (U.S. Needs More Babies, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/6/17)
The editorial rightly reminded us of the importance of immigration to a healthy economy.  Yet, it completely ignored the impact of abortion and the Culture of Death on our declining population!

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