reply to post by antar
If people had to put up a Bond and show they can afford to raise and educate each child they want to bring into the world, along with get a health
Certification that each parent is healthy, and then have the fetus checked periodically for defects/deformities, it would bring a whole new
consciousness to the RESPONSIBILITIES that come with having children.
And as for why should the U.S. not
take responsibility for our birthrates just because other nations don't? Because we need to set a GOOD
My parents, God rest their souls, had the common sense in the late 1940s to limit their offspring to TWO of us. But the difference is, people THEN
were not "the entitled" generations we see going awry today. They weren't spoiled. They weren't neglected. They had chores to do, studies to
attend to, they attended sit-down meals with everyone else in their families... and knew what it was like to NOT live on credit today that they may
not have been able to repay tomorrow.
Oh, yes... there were a some families in those days who were just as ignorant as hundreds of thousands of people are now--they kept having child after
child after child, and expected the older ones to care for the younger ones because Dad was busy getting Mom pregnant, again! And the Church was out
there, too, thumping the respective Good Books that children are a Gift from God. What a crock!
My dad came from a family like that, which is why he and my mom had the common sense to NOT have more children than they could afford to support on
Dad's paycheck. Daddy knew what it was like to see his mother always worn out and too sick to do much because she was either pregnant, or exhausted
from trying to parent all the children she'd already had, against the warnings of the family doctor. She died from a bad heart when Daddy was 14,
leaving the older siblings to take his mother's place--which of course they'd been doing since they were old enough to walk, anyway--but without
Mom's love, there was little affection.
The older children grew to resent the younger ones, and the younger ones felt unwanted. Many of them ended up being alcoholics, but NONE of them ever
had more than 3 children in their adult lives, and most of those 13 kids had only 1 or 2 children. They didn't want theirs to feel the hunger, the
anxiety, the angst that all Daddy's large family remembered so well.
COMMON SENSE and family planning is every bit as important as getting off foreign oil and going "green." And if people had to show they could bear
the financial burden of each and every child they want to bring into the world, perhaps some common sense would return.
But as long as we allow children to be born who are going to be a burden to all the rest of the taxpayers... "just in case" we need them to go die
for some old mens' pissing contests, or because no one should ever ask us to take responsibility for our own actions... then we are not behaving like
responsible human beings; we are behaving like parasites.
Go on... get angry with me if all of you want to. It just shows how many of you know what "responsibility" truly means. My mother used to say, "It
makes no sense for a nation to have more children than it can afford to feed, and then decide to fight a war just to blow up the excess."
Mother and Daddy were not college educated, but they were a lot smarter than some of the selfish, highly educated, entitled generations being spawned.