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    A new study has found that Americans are not having enough babies to replace themselves.
    According to a new National Vital statistics report, the country's fertility rate, at a 30-year low, is 16 percent below the threshold needed for repopulation.

    University of New Hampshire professor Kenneth Johnson, who wasn't involved in producing the report, says rates vary by state and demographics.


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    Okay, so why should we be so worried about more immigrants?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Okay, so why should we be so worried about more immigrants?
    *looks around furtively*

    They're brown, and they talk funny?

    What are you doing about it?




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    I am willing to do my part, but my wife says "No!"

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    Well, from a climate change point of view, perhaps one should discourage immigration to the US. Any new immigrant to America will almost certainly be increasing their carbon footprint as they live here vs where they used to live

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Well, from a climate change point of view, perhaps one should discourage immigration to the US. Any new immigrant to America will almost certainly be increasing their carbon footprint as they live here vs where they used to live
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    It's just not worth it. . .
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    See it's best to keep the carbon footprint overseas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    And why is replacement important? I don't see any reason for increasing the population of the Earth.

    Okay, so why should we be so worried about more immigrants?
    Deserved or not immigrants have a reputation for doing work that people here are unwilling to do for the same wages. So immigrants might be a drag on wage growth.
    Life is complex.

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    Yes, labor economists have known for quite a while that immigration will be critical moving forward.

    Oh... crapt... now bluedog will accuse ME of advocating Open Borders...
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    We should be promoting adoption. It's not like there aren't 3 billion, almost 4 billion too many humans on earth. They're just not in the US.

    We should be promoting adoption, and major reductions in native births. Eliminate tax breaks for more than 2 half children per adult, keep them for adoptions, especially more than two.

    Wherever those adoptees come from, their lives are going to be improved by the rising standard of living world wide, just improved more here than in many of the possible countries from which they're adopted.
    A society predicated on the assumption that everyone in it should want to get rich is not well situated to become either ethical or imaginative.

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    I am proud to have not done my part. No kids for me. With the way the world is going, I would not want to bring a new life into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    A new study has found that Americans are not having enough babies to replace themselves.
    According to a new National Vital statistics report, the country's fertility rate, at a 30-year low, is 16 percent below the threshold needed for repopulation.

    University of New Hampshire professor Kenneth Johnson, who wasn't involved in producing the report, says rates vary by state and demographics.


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    Okay, so why should we be so worried about more immigrants?
    Yes, we should. If we can't get enough, we're screwed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    We should be promoting adoption. It's not like there aren't 3 billion, almost 4 billion too many humans on earth. They're just not in the US.
    This, and plenty of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    We should be promoting adoption, and major reductions in native births. Eliminate tax breaks for more than 2 half children per adult, keep them for adoptions, especially more than two.
    If I were Benevolent Dictator for Life, I'd be even more drastic: everyone is entitled to contribute three quarters of a child, total, and unused quarters are available via lottery and open market.

    What are you doing about it?




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    I'm sure we could each nominate several US citizens we could stand to see not replaced

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    Have you heard about this? "The Sex Recession"

    I know millennials have a reputation for being lazy but this is just disgusting.


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    Hey, I did my best, but ended up having to import my kids. It worked out pretty well.
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    I'm sure, generally speaking, Americans are as fertile as they have always been.
    It seems there is a drop in fecundity, which is common throughout the western world.

    I have heard that Pedantry is increasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    It seems there is a drop in fecundity, which is common throughout the western world.
    Everywhere, actually, except the very poorest countries, mostly in Africa. Fewer children correlates very well with general prosperity and women's level of education.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    I am proud to have not done my part. No kids for me. With the way the world is going, I would not want to bring a new life into it.
    Ditto Art. Decided at the age of 11. I'm just on 76 now, best decision I ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    We should be promoting adoption. It's not like there aren't 3 billion, almost 4 billion too many humans on earth. They're just not in the US.

    We should be promoting adoption, and major reductions in native births. Eliminate tax breaks for more than 2 half children per adult, keep them for adoptions, especially more than two.

    Wherever those adoptees come from, their lives are going to be improved by the rising standard of living world wide, just improved more here than in many of the possible countries from which they're adopted.
    I do not agree.
    It sounds like you want to separate children from their parents.

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    sex robots are going to save us from overpopulation. worker robots will save us from underpopulation.

    will the robots notice when we go extinct.

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    My wife and I have 4 kids.

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    Studies of sperm motility have shown a decline over recent decade IIRC.

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