6 comments on “The Economics of Parenthood

  1. If parents are sound enough spiritually and emotionally to have a child/children, economic conditions become a moot point. There are many families who are able to maintain a strong home despite the looming ecomonic issues they may face. I think the pastor was absolutely correct. Besides all that, there are MANY children who come from affluent homes who are lost and confused. Money is great. But it doesn’t buy happiness and stability.

    • Christine :If parents are sound enough spiritually and emotionally to have a child/children, economic conditions become a moot point. There are many families who are able to maintain a strong home despite the looming ecomonic issues they may face. I think the pastor was absolutely correct. Besides all that, there are MANY children who come from affluent homes who are lost and confused. Money is great. But it doesn’t buy happiness and stability.

      …until the medical costs start to rise a bit and you’re not covered by insurance.

  2. Hey Dre,
    Great post, I can’t find a single thing in it I disagree with. Just for fun, I’d like to throw out a facetious idea I had. What if we sterilized everyone at birth? Then, only people who really, really, wanted children would go through the pain and expense of a reversal. We could subsidize people that couldn’t afford the procedure with the $12 billion in savings that we now spend on single mothers. Your thoughts?

    • What’s up HipCon?! Welcome back, man!

      Sterilization could work if you were a member of the Committee for Hitler’s Final Solution to the Jewish Question. Otherwise, it’s a pretty bad idea. Sorry.

      In all seriousness, I would never advocate a state-sponsored method of population control, lest we become like our friends in China. I am, however, very concerned that families who continue having children despite being in their economic condition can have disasterous effects on the availability of social programs down the road for others. There is already plenty of anger (ignorantly motivated anger, IMO) about reforming health care. But if you start thinking of all the knuckleheads out there with nothing to do but make babies and exploit government resources, it won’t be too long before they — and the system from which they are benefitting — will become the next targets. What will that do to a person/family who REALLY NEEDS that assistance?

      • Hey Dre,
        I was, of course, not serious. It is however a tempting idea. As far as your comment on how so many people are abusing the system and how it will affect those that truly need those resouces. Check out this link on how Social Security Disability is the fastest growing government program. This WILL bankrupt our country as I have said before. The MSM is finally catching up to what I’ve been warning everyone about for the past year. I predict the people will ignore the warnings just like they did the housing crisis. link-http://www.detnews.com/article/20090921/METRO/909210341/Disability-backlog-dogs-Michigan

  3. Dre, you have to remember that the economic issues facing the country are not necessarily shared by everybody. Many people (single or married) are perfectly capable of taking on a family. And even for those who are not, there are PLENTY of ways to cut costs.

    Simply telling people to stop having children is not a particularly helpful strategy.

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