America can and will control its own population, EXCEPT....

@poingly (606)
United States
December 14, 2009 4:15pm CST
It seems population control is all the buzz these days. Sure, there are plenty of countries where this is a problem, but I'm not sure America is one of them. I've looked at the stats, and it looks like we're averaging two children per household. Is that really a problem. 1:1 seems to make sense for me. Now, the US government has actually historically ENCOURAGED families to have children. While there has been much talk on here about how it is unacceptable for the government to tell people not to have children, is it is equally unacceptable for a government to tell people to have children?
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Dec 09
hi poingly I think that Americans can regulate themselves'i 'they just realize it costs to raise each child and do not' have more children than they can afford to feed,house, clothe and raise them. it is not fair to have six kids when you cannot afford to feed more than two, as most will end up having to get'welfare to help feed and clothe and house those extra'children. thus you make the taxpayers pay for raising those other four children.
@poingly (606)
• United States
14 Dec 09
Then shouldn't we get rid of child tax credits?
• United States
8 Jan 10
Actually alot of countries are encouraging their populations to have children. Why? Because most people are not having a lot of kids. WHich means the new generations are smaller in numbers than the older generations when big families were popular. Like in Russia....they actually have a $ex day. It is a holiday. Whoever has a baby closest to nine months to the day later wins a house and money. Why? Because teh older generations are not working and using the social programs. Meaning more poeple taking out of the tax system than paying in. So they need the next generation to be bigger to pay the cost of it. A lot of coutries are having the issue of having a bigger older generation than the working age generation. Which causing all kinds of problems. As I said before more people taking money out of the system than paying into it. America has the same problem. The baby boomer generation is bigger than the generations after it. The baby boomer generation is now reaching the age to retire, get social security, and other soical programs (medicade, medicare). Well with fewer people in the next generation it means fewer people paying into the system verus the larger amount now eligble to take out of it. That leads to major cash flow issues for the government. For the record....I don't the government should be telling people to have more or less kids. It is a personal decision and the government needs to stay out of it.
@maximax8 (29032)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 09
I think American people will have as many children as they choose to have. I don't think that the American government will be able to encourage them to have children or limit to having just one child. I think is reasonable for the majority of American couples to each have two children. It is fine if some people have three or more children. That is because some American couples won't have children at all. The American government should watch to see how many children American couples have and record the information. Over a number of years a pattern can be seen of how many children American couples are having.