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(Huffington Post)   In spite of the best efforts of the Duggars, population growth in the U.S. has slowed to the lowest rate in the past several decades   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 82
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2013-12-31 11:59:24 AM  
Good.
 
2013-12-31 12:00:23 PM  
 
2013-12-31 12:01:43 PM  
cost of children  >  wanting children
 
2013-12-31 12:03:12 PM  
I bet if they measured population growth in pounds it would still be increasing.
 
2013-12-31 12:06:10 PM  
If only I could help out in some way.

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2013-12-31 12:07:09 PM  

Smackledorfer: Good.


Unfortunately our brilliant leaders have based everything on the fact that there will always be an increasing amount of tax payers to pay for all of this shiat they've 'purchased'.
 
2013-12-31 12:08:45 PM  
I blame the increase in f2p games.
 
2013-12-31 12:08:54 PM  

Babbs: Smackledorfer: Good.

 
2013-12-31 12:09:20 PM  
The bad thing is, one day idiots like the Duggars will outnumber us.
 
2013-12-31 12:10:52 PM  

MugzyBrown: Unfortunately our brilliant leaders have based everything on the fact that there will always be an increasing amount of tax payers to pay for all of this shiat they've 'purchased'.


Not really, but do tell.
 
2013-12-31 12:11:09 PM  

stuffy: The bad thing is, one day idiots like the Duggars will outnumber us.

 
2013-12-31 12:11:18 PM  
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I am dissapoint
 
2013-12-31 12:11:25 PM  

ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children


Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...
 
2013-12-31 12:13:20 PM  
This will all change once the Republicans outlaw abortion, amirite?
 
2013-12-31 12:14:06 PM  
But... but... but I thought Fox News had told me that the poorest in America are breeding like rabbits to get more welfare money, and as a result they'll outnumber us real Murkins within six months. This information is clearly biased by the usual liebrul lamestream media conspiracy bias since it doesn't fit what I want to believe and what Fox says.
 
2013-12-31 12:14:47 PM  

whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...


If you have your own washing machine, you could always go with tits'n'towels :)
 
2013-12-31 12:15:09 PM  
See? Conservatives were right all along! Now that everyone is getting gay married Americans are going extinct!
 
2013-12-31 12:17:37 PM  

whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...


That and childcare. Almost not worth it to work.
 
2013-12-31 12:17:46 PM  

stuffy: The bad thing is, one day idiots like the Duggars will outnumber us.


I expect that when the US starts to look like Gattaca, genes that favor religious devotion will start to be screened out.  Eventually, people who refuse such tinkering for their children will become outcasts, destined for reservations and third world countries.  War, famine and poverty in those places will keep the Duggars' future descendants in check.
 
2013-12-31 12:19:30 PM  

Smackledorfer: whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...

If you have your own washing machine, you could always go with tits'n'towels :)


You actually could just go with tits. Diapers aren't needed since urine is sterile and feces is perfectly safe to eat.
 
2013-12-31 12:19:35 PM  

MugzyBrown: Smackledorfer: Good.

Unfortunately our brilliant leaders have based everything on the fact that there will always be an increasing amount of tax payers to pay for all of this shiat they've 'purchased'.


Like any good Ponzi scheme.
 
2013-12-31 12:21:13 PM  

MugzyBrown: Smackledorfer: Good.

Unfortunately our brilliant leaders have based everything on the fact that there will always be an increasing amount of tax payers to pay for all of this shiat they've 'purchased'.


Plop!
 
2013-12-31 12:21:32 PM  

GodComplex: whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...

That and childcare. Almost not worth it to work.


Universal childcare should have been part of the ACA.
 
2013-12-31 12:22:54 PM  

Cymbal: Smackledorfer: whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...

If you have your own washing machine, you could always go with tits'n'towels :)

You actually could just go with tits. Diapers aren't needed since urine is sterile and feces is perfectly safe to eat.


My ex couldn't breastfeed for shiat, so formula was what we had to use. And, well, I don't know what to say about the second statement, but, ew?
 
2013-12-31 12:23:41 PM  

Dinjiin: stuffy: The bad thing is, one day idiots like the Duggars will outnumber us.

I expect that when the US starts to look like Gattaca, genes that favor religious devotion will start to be screened out.  Eventually, people who refuse such tinkering for their children will become outcasts, destined for reservations and third world countries.  War, famine and poverty in those places will keep the Duggars' future descendants in check.


Aldous Huxley would like to have a word with you.
 
2013-12-31 12:25:06 PM  

whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...


That's the least of the issue.

$200+/week for daycare is the killer.

I actually pay $180/wk for 3 days per week.
 
2013-12-31 12:25:09 PM  
Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.
 
2013-12-31 12:25:31 PM  

edmo: Like any good Ponzi scheme.


Did you just call capitalism a Ponzi scheme?
 
2013-12-31 12:27:47 PM  

Smackledorfer: edmo: Like any good Ponzi scheme.

Did you just call capitalism a Ponzi scheme?


What part of 'capitalism' is unfunded government liabilities?
 
2013-12-31 12:28:31 PM  
I really don't want to have a child in this political and economic dump.

/not even joking
 
2013-12-31 12:29:27 PM  

Smackledorfer: Did you just call capitalism a Ponzi scheme?


I wouldn't call federal pension systems a capitalistic idea...
 
2013-12-31 12:30:12 PM  
Ask Japan what the consequences are.
 
2013-12-31 12:30:14 PM  

AsparagusFTW: I really don't want to have a child in this political and economic dump.

/not even joking


Canada?

/I keed, I keed
 
2013-12-31 12:30:43 PM  

Cymbal: Smackledorfer: whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...

If you have your own washing machine, you could always go with tits'n'towels :)

You actually could just go with tits. Diapers aren't needed since urine is sterile and feces is perfectly safe to eat.


my dogs seem to agree with you on this point.
 
2013-12-31 12:31:18 PM  

stuffy: The bad thing is, one day idiots like the Duggars will outnumber us.


Yup.  It's the people who have kids who... have kids.

/I'm an idiot (false)
//With so many babies (true)
///Idiocracy (prediction)
 
2013-12-31 12:32:08 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.


If only there were no people, then the society would work just great!

MugzyBrown: Smackledorfer: edmo: Like any good Ponzi scheme.

Did you just call capitalism a Ponzi scheme?

What part of 'capitalism' is unfunded government liabilities?


Socialize the losses, privatize the profits, just like the scumbags do in DC. Isn't that how capitalism actually works?
 
2013-12-31 12:32:16 PM  
More like the Duggaros
 
2013-12-31 12:32:35 PM  

MugzyBrown: whosits_112: ltdanman44: cost of children  >  wanting children

Seriously. Formula and diapers are ridiculously expensive...

That's the least of the issue.

$200+/week for daycare is the killer.

I actually pay $180/wk for 3 days per week.


Thankfully my ex was a stay at home mom until my son was well off formula, but you are right, childcare is no joke.
 
2013-12-31 12:33:46 PM  

Dinjiin: stuffy: The bad thing is, one day idiots like the Duggars will outnumber us.

I expect that when the US starts to look like Gattaca, genes that favor religious devotion will start to be screened out.  Eventually, people who refuse such tinkering for their children will become outcasts, destined for reservations and third world countries.  War, famine and poverty in those places will keep the Duggars' future descendants in check.


Some jealous communist country with a billion soldiers will conquer, though, with tech they bought from defectors.

/We laik choo bee schmartch.
 
2013-12-31 12:39:05 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.


That's weird.  What was the root of just about all of society's problems before we were overpopulated?
 
2013-12-31 12:49:34 PM  

Wangiss: Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.

That's weird.  What was the root of just about all of society's problems before we were overpopulated?


Lactose intolerance.  It's started more wars than the Pope.  STUDY IT OUT!
 
2013-12-31 12:56:57 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.


Overpopulation isn't the problem, too many stupid people is.
 
2013-12-31 12:58:46 PM  
No shiat, having a kid is a gigantic liability in America, there's 0 paid mat leave and daycare is approaching college-level prices it's insane for anyone to have one unless you're well-off or have parental support.

Even my spoiled cousin couldn't get free daycare from her indulgent mother for more than 2 years, so that's doubtful that they'll get it for their other kid.

In contrast, in Ontario I get a year off paid at 70% (I believe) of my income and my Hubby can take 3 months off. However, instead of it being a cost to the business it comes out of our Unemployment Insurance.

I think it's funny that in America we claim to be "pro-business" but we leave a lot of benefits on the employer's dime, like healthcare and mat leave.
 
2013-12-31 01:02:49 PM  
 
2013-12-31 01:05:20 PM  

Wangiss: Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.

That's weird.  What was the root of just about all of society's problems before we were overpopulated?


Just population, there are just more of them now so the problems are bigger
 
2013-12-31 01:08:14 PM  
The reason this is troubling is that the young people are needed to provide the tax base that covers costs for the old people.

The US is one of the few developed countries with strongly positive population growth, thanks to a mix of high birth rates (around 2.0 -- replacement rate is 2.1) and immigration. The US population increased by 30 million between 2000 and 2010 (census years). That's like taking the entire populations of Greece, Austria, and Portugal  combined and moving them to the US.

What the article didn't look at is the comparable rate in other developed countries, which would be the US's potential competitors for labor, production, etc. In Europe in particular, they're quite badly off in this regard.

The US can handle population growth fine -- we have the space, and have plenty of natural resources (food, water) to feed the new population.
 
2013-12-31 01:09:03 PM  

traylor: Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.

Overpopulation isn't the problem, too many stupid people is.


What were the major problems not attributable to population?
 
2013-12-31 01:12:38 PM  

ameeriklane: The reason this is troubling is that the young people are needed to provide the tax base that covers costs for the old people.

The US is one of the few developed countries with strongly positive population growth, thanks to a mix of high birth rates (around 2.0 -- replacement rate is 2.1) and immigration. The US population increased by 30 million between 2000 and 2010 (census years). That's like taking the entire populations of Greece, Austria, and Portugal  combined and moving them to the US.

What the article didn't look at is the comparable rate in other developed countries, which would be the US's potential competitors for labor, production, etc. In Europe in particular, they're quite badly off in this regard.

The US can handle population growth fine -- we have the space, and have plenty of natural resources (food, water) to feed the new population.


Keep this post in mind next time you're stuck in traffic
 
2013-12-31 01:12:38 PM  

traylor: Crewmannumber6: Since overpopulation is at the root of just about all society's problems, good.

Overpopulation isn't the problem, too many stupid people is.


It is a little silly how right Idiocracy is. Smart people might take note and stop being so selfish and eco-minded and Fark a couple brains into this world at a greater than replacement rate.
 
2013-12-31 01:15:20 PM  

Cymbal: You actually could just go with tits.



In other news: water is wet.
 
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