posted on Feb, 18 2013 @ 10:47 AM
It's not just a Singapore thing. It's a problem in all developed parts of the world.
I have reasons to suspect the birth rate thing in developed countries is tied to economics. If all was left alone, it would eventually stabilize at a
sustainable level. The decline in birthrate is a reflection of people adjusting the number of children they have in reflection of their potential for
economic success. (By sucess I don't mean being rich, but living at or somewhere above the economic level of their parents.) The other part of this
has to do with education, because once people have enough of it - they realize what adjustments need to be made.
Or to sum it up in one sentence, once the job market turns from being employee friendly to employer friendly - the birthrate stagnates or drops.
Of course governments and large businesses don't like this. They want a growing population because by forcing job competition within the population
they can drive wages downward for the working class. (For them it's best if everyone not in their club is at borderline poverty and scrambling to
make a buck.) If birthrate can't be kept high, guess what other mechanism they can use to push the labor market to further their particular
And no, I'm not against immigration. There is a certain level which is good, and mixes things up to prevent stagnation. (Also nothing against people
trying to better themselves or wanting a change of scenery.) But it can also be pushed in a way which is only to put pressure on the economy which
wouldn't be there otherwise, and is definitely a tool of market manipulation.
Some would then argue that people will make new businesses when faced with this kind of competition. But that also happens to be rather difficult when
bureaucracy and regulation get in the way. Which happens to to exist by the truckload in economically developed countries. Some regulations do make
sense and are necessary from a health, safety, or environmental aspect, but unrelated things like business licensing, legal liability, or tax code
that heavily discourage the creation of new business. It's not exactly the free market some folks would like to hype.
Also guess what happens once these immigrants settle in, get educated, and realize how the labor market works? The suceeding generations then have
less children. That should tell you something right there.