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It turns out the U.S. is more like Japan and Scandinavia than realized, as its fertility rate...

It turns out the U.S. is more like Japan and Scandinavia than realized, as its fertility rate has dropped to 1.9, below France and England. The U.S. has been considered one of the few rich Western countries with a total fertility rate above the replacement rate, but if the troubling new trend keeps on, the repercussions for America’s health and fiscal policies would be enormous.
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  • Tack
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    Get serious. Take a look at America's immigration rate, official and otherwise.
    13 Aug 2012, 06:43 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Eifrid
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    "Get serious. Take a look at America's immigration rate, official and otherwise. "

     

    You seem to imply that all is well with population growth in the US due to immigration. Perhaps you should research recent stats. Due to a lack of jobs in the US, immigration has slowed to a trickle.
    13 Aug 2012, 09:45 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS-2.0
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    Tack,

     

    Yes,

     

    Beaners will fill the gap
    14 Aug 2012, 01:51 AM Reply Like
  • Tom Au, CFA
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    A similar thing happened in the U.S. in the 1930s, but that was followed by a "Baby Boom" in the 1940s.
    13 Aug 2012, 06:44 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Fertility rate dropping? Okay everybody, you know what to do, get to it.
    13 Aug 2012, 06:46 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Well let's encourage and subsidize contraception and abortion and then be surprised at the result.
    13 Aug 2012, 06:56 PM Reply Like
  • dvargasr
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    The difference has always been immigration. That keeps the fertility rate in the right number. So immigrants actualy help in one more sense than the economy
    13 Aug 2012, 06:59 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    The smart people are not having kids...the welfare rats are having them as fast as they can
    13 Aug 2012, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • robgra
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    The main thing that is imperiled by a low fertility rate is the governments ponzi schemes that depend on a constantly growing tax base (Social Security...). Automation and productivity increases have left us with fewer jobs (compounded by outsourcing) to go around, so perhaps a declining population is a good thin in the longer run. At some point we either need to find a viable solution to star travel or stop growing while we still have space left to stand in.
    13 Aug 2012, 07:08 PM Reply Like
  • MICHAELIRISH131
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    To many money is their only child...
    13 Aug 2012, 08:08 PM Reply Like
  • torahislife
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    ... and their god.
    13 Aug 2012, 08:41 PM Reply Like
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