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POPULATION: Adapt to changing demographics

Letter by David C. Ogilvie, Gig Harbor on July 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm with 9 Comments »
July 13, 2011 2:27 pm

Re: “Share of children in U.S. at record low” (TNT, 7-13).

If the trend this piece suggests – fewer children and more seniors – is true, we should adapt to it, not fight it. And that adaptation will probably be mostly economic.

Fewer kids will lower demand for all the clothing and toys required by the younger set. This may come as a blow to China’s economy but I think it’s remarkably resilient. The demand for teachers could decline as well, unless we reduce class size and give our young people the individual attention they need to master this complex world.

Smaller families might also relieve some of the pressure on parents, as well. If you have to divide your time between fewer kids, it may be time better spent. And putting fewer kids through college would take some pressure off the family treasury.

If this brave new scenario were to materialize, a comfortable, certain retirement should be part of it. Of course, Social Security and Medicare and/or other retirement plans would have to be reformed, protected and properly funded – no more threatening to privatize, abolish or borrowing from them.

And, in the long term, our planet would stand a greater chance of survival. Fewer people demanding a share of its limited resources could make life better for everyone.

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  1. aislander says:

    Fewer people contributing to the support of each retiree…

  2. Retirees will die off with time.

  3. I’ve always said it…..the single largest demographic group in this nations history made up of the most spoiled and entitled who have by and large done little to prepare for their future by living for today and out showing their neighbors and freinds in materialistic competition.

    So does the idea of hordes of PO’d geriatric baby boomers rioting in the streets scare the beejeppers out of the government?

    Yeah, my guess is they will find funding for Social Security SOMEWHERE!

  4. “Yeah, my guess is they will find funding for Social Security SOMEWHERE! ”

    Social Security is easy to fix. It’s Medicare that will require pain to fix.

  5. itwasntmethistime says:

    I don’t think the baby boomers are going to live that long. You can only abuse a body for so long before it wears out. Today’s senior citizens spent most of their lives eating real food and moving their bodies all day, every day. Not so for subsequent generations I predict the American life-span is going to decrease.

  6. “And, in the long term, our planet would stand a greater chance of survival. Fewer people demanding a share of its limited resources could make life better for everyone.”

    Ah, the monthly misanthrope rant. Just another repeat of the same hateful garbage and lies. If this “person” was a true believer he’d lead by example, and end his miserable life thus contributing to saving the planet. I’ll wait and watch to see the results.

    Here’s a hint Dave. The Earth doesn’t cares what you or any of us think or do. It’s more then capable of protecting itself from the likes of us.

  7. Haa my guess is that the government will mandate government funded “annual check ups” where they will inject “vitamins” into bloodstreams that will actually begin to dissolve brain and vital organ tissue……..Hmm lookie there…No more greedy baby boomer problem! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  8. LarryFine says:

    With the advent of Obamacare the government can just euthanize the old parasites… for the greater good of course.

    (sarcasm for the dolts who miss it)

  9. Why not a big Thunder Dome – everybody enters on his or her 65th birthday. The one who comes out gets a million dollar a year retirement package.

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