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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Having one's head in the sand does not improve the view.

A conservative perspective
The No. 1 variable affecting our economy today is the decision by our government, from the late 1960s to 1985, to promote zero-population growth, with the number of births decreasing. The birthrate fell from 2.3 children per family to 1.3 at times. To maintain a population, a birthrate of 2.1 children is required. That decreased birthrate has impacted everything from demand for products to health-care costs to relaxed immigration laws and Social Security shortfalls
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Government intervention caused the problem; more government intervention will not solve the problem.


Instead, we need to reject the liberal programs. We need to reject their health-care insurance plan, their cap-and-trade environment plan and their growth-of-government plan.


We need to get back to having babies. We need to get back to "growing" America without government restrictions. And if our children do not listen to this, then their problems in 30 more years will be even greater than those we face today.


No. 1 economic problem: Not enough babies


Having one's head in the sand does not improve the view. :-)


However zero population growth does have its downside
Failing to address the challenges of an aging population will endanger the country's economic future, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a gathering of business and union leaders in Rhode Island Monday night.
Fed chairman: aging population puts U.S. economy on 'unsustainable path'


I keep commenting at the The Conscience of a Liberal asking Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman about economic models for a static population... but he hasn't addressed the problem.

I googled for some time looking for recent papers on how to transition to a sustainable economy.   I found definitions of a sustainable economy, I found ideas to create one, but nothing that describes the steps to morph our current growth dependent economy into a sustainable one.  I suspect we'll not take steps... we'll fall into it.  I don't know about you, but I'd like to be prepared. What should I do? I don't know, and that's the rub.




Some really good info here: World Population Awareness


Update... watch this!

1 comment:

  1. E F Schumacher is from a while back. He wrote about small economies in book named 'Small is Beautiful'. There is a site
    http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/

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