Now here’s a real stimulus package…

David P. Goldman says we need to procreate ourselves back to prosperity. At First Things, Goldman chides Republicans for all the failed and weak-kneed responses to the outrage that is (in his view) the Obama economic program. The cause of the crisis was not fiscal recklessness, but the demographic dip. Hence:

The first thing that conservatives have to tell Americans is: “You are poorer because you failed to bring up enough children. The decline of the traditional family is undermining the American economy.”

A few grafs on he continues:

Conservatives have to cast the blame for the crisis at the culture of death. It isn’t only home prices, of course. If the labor force shrinks because the next generation simply fails to appear, who will pay taxes to support pensions and medical care for the elderly? Unlike Japan or most of Europe, America still has a fertility rate close to replacement. It isn’t past the point of demographic no return.


There are a few things that economic policy can do right away to make things better. Big tax cuts (in the form of a per-child exemption) that help families with children will do more to revive the economy than infrastructure boondoggles. Young families spend; empty-nesters save. That’s elementary. If you want to get more spending, put more money into the hands of the demographic cohort that has the greatest propensity to spend.

Hey, sex AND spending. It’s an irresistible bailout, er, rescue. Certainly the demographic hurdle of all us old folks weighing on too few kids is a serious challenge. Then again, maybe lower housing prices resulting from this downturn might actually result in housing that parents like me could even dream of affording, resulting in somewhat greater security when we are decrepit, and less of a burden (I pray) on our progeny.

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Elijah A. "NatureBoy" Alexander, Jr.

posted March 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm

The first most important thing is getting the economy on track is to force the United States of America to live according to the Declaration of Independence (DI) and Constitution (USC). There are statements in both which, if defined according to the words, which are (DI) “…all man are created equal…” with “…unalienable rights…”, (USC) “to…establish justice…”.
Every man’s “unalienable right” is self-government which provides every man the “equal” right to obtain the requirements of life. Just because civilizations [interdependence of man on other man to provide them with things over and beyond survival needs] has established a way of life which cause man to not be able to live in nature and provide their own individual needs independent of other man, it behooves every nation to provide the things for its citizens they have caused them to depend on.
To do that in a way which is “equal” to every man is to eliminate money and establish a culture where every man is required to either serve the nation or learn to live in nature like the other animals. Since man-in-mass are not willing to live in nature like the other animals, they will preform what ever duty they can in order to not be self responsible. When we do that we show equality to every man, the president does not get any more than street sweepers and garbageman, law maker or judges, factory worker or independent contractor, teacher or student, nor any other professions.
Those 2 founding documents are what established this nation but has never been lived according to their wording. Bring this nation under the wording of our beginning laws an the system corrects itself.

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