A Radical Solution for the Social Security Crisis: Have More Babies!
The long-term Social Security crisis may be taking a backseat to more immediate concerns like jobs, the economy and health care reform in the buildup to the 2012 presidential election. But it's still a pressing problem the occupant of the White House in 2013 should really begin to deal with.
As it stands, the debate surrounding how to keep Social Security afloat takes two sides: On one side you have those who want to raise taxes, and on the other you have those who want to cut benefits (either by reducing individuals' payouts or by postponing the retirement age).
Neither is an attractive option.
But there is one little-mentioned solution that could fix Social Security without ruffling anyone's feathers. And it's one the next president should seriously consider.
decline and fall wrote: "We despise children in the Southern Baptist Convention." -Dr. Voddie Baucham, SBC pastor
That and we love ourselves too much.
Born in the early 1960s makes me the tail-end of the baby boom. Though I was just a kid I could already see even then that people were getting both more greedy (kids are expensive and a hassle) and more scared (watching Paul Ehrlich extrapolate baby boom birthrates). I even remember being told at that time that my generation should have less than 2 kids per family because it was thought America and the world already had too many people. Large families were routinely and contemptibly mocked by most everyone I knew while growing up.
It's remarkable to look back and realize how incredibly evil we were, but at that time we felt so righteous.
Because your fertility rate continues its 20th century collapse --- in direct defiance of God's universal commandment to be fruitful and multiply, now rapidly approaching 1.0 children per woman, as in other developed and disobedient nations --- the Social Security Administration will soon go away.
"We despise children in the Southern Baptist Convention." -Dr. Voddie Baucham, SBC pastor