Sunday, July 2, 2017

"The U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low"

Via Hot AirThe debate now is about whether the United States is headed toward a “national emergency,” as some have feared, or whether this is a blip and the birthrate will level off soon.

“It's about millennials,” says Donna M. Strobino, a professor of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Those supposedly entitled young adults with fragile egos who live in their parents' basements and hop from job-to-job — it turns out they're also much less likely to have babies, at least so far. Some experts think millennials are just postponing parenthood while others fear they're choosing not to have children at all.

(Link to the whole thing)


Rene Saunce said...

No worries - we have immigration from Islamic nations. Those folks are breeding like rabbits.

It's all good.

Rene Saunce said...

Europeans are not pro-creating either. Again, all the Muslims are popping babies out like pez. Indoctrination into that crazy region starts early. It's all good.

edutcher said...

Some may be the result of the Second Depression, which The Donald is killing.

But, if you look at what passes for fashion among the Millennials, you have to wonder.

PS The Moslems are going back, so there's that.

ricpic said...

Having kids is what we're put on earth to do. But that's only obvious if you are religious yourself or at least descend from a religious heritage. Say that to a secular and you'll get "The Look." That's crazy! The purpose of my life is ME. That's what they'll think or even tell you. Fine. Then your world dies, as Europe, only slightly ahead of us, is dying. Of course they do get six week vacations on the way to extinction.

ampersand said...

Non procreation among the millennials is understandable. They are pretty repulsive.
Also difficult to copulate while you are texting each other.

The Mexicans are spectacularly fertile. Mexico's population grew by twenty million from 2000 to 2017. Mexico's number one export is now Mexicans.

Chip Ahoy said...

Mexicans didn't bother reading the Population Bomb among hundreds of other similar books.

First Wold nations have an entirely different set of precious and delicate concerns. Chief among them is women's liberation. And economies that have women working to support their homes whatever that might be. A female population concerned with "having it all" whatever that means to them. Along with much higher divorce rate. All that is combined.

I'd like very much to introduce people my age to real life millennials. I'd like people to walk in my shoes a few miles and encounter what I do. It would cause them to dismiss the online characterizations of them.

Yesterday a similar item to this was linked on Insty by Driscol, I think.

The first line was something like, "millennials, those people born in the 2000's, who jump from job to job."


Right off the bat, first line, is obvious bullshit.

What 17 year old (maximum) has jumped job to job? The writer cannot even characterize them without being ridiculous immediately. What would be the point of reading another word?

Our generation has left their generation completely fucked. Instead of leaving them built up treasure we dump upon them impossible debt. We leave them a demand for education then make that education ridiculously expensive and often of no use whatsoever. We bring them into a world up to their eyeballs in debt.

Shame on us.

Not them.

And through all that, day to day, hour by hour, they return to us, to me, kindness and respect and grace. I am very impressed with young people. They're interesting. They invent new forms of excitement, new types of challenges. They're inventive and they're creative. And gracious besides.

))) anecdote alert (((

Yesterday I dropped by Burger Fi after a rather long absence. The millennial worker there always recognizes me and behaves genuinely please to see me come in. I wrote about her in a post. (This one. I found it by searching "dreadlocks")

I told her the truth. On Blogger results page the daily entries go

2,281 (for hers)

She said, "You know, Sir, that just makes my day. Thank you for telling me that."

I just told her the truth.

In the post I only told the truth about her.

But back from Burger Fi I passed a window loaded up with brewing supplies. Behind the supplies was another millennial woman who stopped her work, a quite beautiful blond woman, actually, she tilted her head and smiled, and waved to catch my attention. She was simply recognizing me on the street and saying "hi" through the glass.

My heart is warmed.

Our country is left to very good hands. I see proof of this every single day. How they do it and stay cheerful, I simply don't know. I was never that cheerful myself. And I wasn't burdened with half the very serious crap that they have to deal with. I had it easy compared to them. They outdid me.


edutcher said...

I'm wondering if this is more about the white Lefty fertility rate than the white fertility rate (I mean, this is out of the WaPo)?

Anybody see the latest Chevy commercial? The one where they have a surfer saying, "It looks aggressive". And the beanpole in the yellow sweater and skinny jeans with the man-bun?

What woman in her right mind would want either of them to be the father of her children?

AJ Lynch said...

This easy to fix...give every kid $4,000 a year til age 18 to spend on colleges, drugs or a trade school or to but a home and you will see birth rate skyrocket. To pay for it, we get rid of all college aid programs in 18 years when the first group of kids reaches 18.

ndspinelli said...

I think Alan is willing to make a baby w/ Christie Brinkley. Sixty will w/ any comely red head.

Fr Martin Fox said...

Right in my wheelhouse, that is, for a Catholic who is against big government. You already know what I would say.

bagoh20 said...

Millennials just don't know how to fuck.
Clue: It does not involve paperwork.

bagoh20 said...

I would prefer our society work on quality rather than quantity anyway.