I was watching the first part of the second Republican debate tonight and Lindsey Graham said something like this in response to questions about American concerns about illegal immigrants taking American jobs, driving down wages and affecting the culture at large:
“I am against illegal immigration, but I am for more legal immigration. We used to have seven people to every one retiree, soon we will only have 2 people to every retiree and system will not function. We need more workers and people from other countries to help support our system.”
There is an ugly truth behind what he was saying that he would never say nor will any other politician have the courage to say.
We as a nation are not having enough children.
The reason we are not having enough children is not because of a bad economy. American has had many economic down turns and still had a much higher fertility rate than we have now. We have had a declining fertility rate for decades.
The reason we are having less children is because of two things – feminism and materialism. We look at children as burden from a financial standpoint and as holding women back from their careers pursuits.
We need to bring back a culture that looks at families(big families) as an honor, not something to be mocked. Our tax system should encourage marriage and larger families(at least 4 children per family, as opposed to the average of 2 that we have now.) We need to encourage stay at home motherhood with massive tax incentives for married stay at home moms and tax penalties on woman who are married with children and work.
If we do this we will no longer need to import other countries children to keep our system from failing, but we will stand on our own and keep our culture in the process.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” – Psalm 127:3