China‚Äôs got a shortage of workers, impacting its economy, because of the nation‚Äôs years-long limit of one child per family and Russia‚Äôs Vladimir Putin fears his nation may lose influence and power as a result of the declining population.
Now the forecast is out that the U.S. economy could come under stress in the future ‚Äď because of a lack of babies.
Jonathan V. Last, author of ‚ÄúWhat to Expect When No One‚Äôs Expecting: America‚Äôs Coming Demographic Disaster,‚ÄĚ believes the U.S. is in for a rocky ride in the next few years ‚Äď demographically....
Just goes to show that living against GOD's ideals will ultimately lead to negative consequences! I don't think many of our western nations are that far away either. We've bought into the lie that small families are best too! It's not a Biblical worldview!
SJ, you're quite right. Also sorry to say what we are getting for immigrants, are the Great Unwashed from South of the border, unwashed perhaps physically, but almost always spiritually. By the way, probably not educated, I didn't realize there was such a correlation between lack of education and criminality. We have some great people checking into SA from Tenn., but they do seem to be living in a dangerous state, The Most Dangerous States in America.
Now ignorant people may make good Republicans, unfortunately they make great criminals also Many of the people we're getting can't read and write Spanish let alone English.
penny wrote: well, this is a conversation 40 years too late.
I was there (40 years ago) when people one and two generations ahead of mine were terrified of "overpopulating the earth" and "ruining the Earth's ecology". It may sound strange now but the fear was palpable and wide-spread.
We were so fearful back then that we did our best to program subsequent generations to have far fewer kids than they could have and should have.
All it did was create a huge future vacuum to be filled by people from other nations.
I'm not against immigration but we wouldn't need so many immigrants if we had just remained calm and simply grown our own population in the first place.
"Ephraim‚Äôs glory will fly away like a bird: no birth, no gestation, no conception. Even if they raise children, I will bereave them of each one. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them! I have seen Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a meadow, so Ephraim will bring out his children to the executioner. Give them, Lord ‚ÄĒ What should You give? Give them a womb that miscarries and breasts that are dry! All their evil appears at Gilgal, for there I came to hate them. I will drive them from My house because of their evil, wicked actions. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious. Ephraim is struck down; their roots are withered; they cannot bear fruit. Even if they bear children, I will kill the precious offspring of their wombs. My God will reject them because they have not listened to Him; they will become wanderers among the nations." (Hosea 9:11-17 HCSB)
distryic wrote: --- What are the economic, moral and spiritual implications when an entire nation elects to peter out?
Economic implications abound, but moral and spiritual implications aren't dependent on economics. Rich countries aren't always moral or spiritual giants.
Economics wrote: --- When policy makers ask for more money yet again for K-12 public education, we can answer "No" because there won't be enough children around to justify the funding
The money being "requested" isn't for the children but for the teachers, administrators, etc. Fewer children ends up being a bonus for them. Around here the annual school budget is voted upon. If it fails to get the vote needed to pass, there is a so-called contingency budget that kicks in automatically, little different from the one wanted in the first place.
God designed people to exponentially increase: 2 parents, 4 children, 16 grandchildren, etc. (2+4+16...). This way, a family naturally grows in size between generations.
But some countries have developed a way to invert this natural order: 2 sets of parents produce only 2 total children who marry and have only one child (4+2+1). Thus, the family is cut in half with each succeeding generation.
What are the economic, moral and spiritual implications when an entire nation elects to peter out?