Catastrophic Failure Of Leadership: US Birthrate Falls To Lowest Level In 100 Years

Have you heard?  America’s birth rate is lower than at any time in the last last 100 years.

There seems to be something profoundly wrong with Obama’s central message of hope and change.  There is something profoundly wrong with Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America.

22/08/2010
Recession effect? US birth rate lowest in 100 yrs

Milkwujee [sic]: The US birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century. Births fell 2.7 per cent last year even as the population grew, numbers released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics show.

“It’s a good-sized decline for one year. Every month is showing a decline from the year before,” said Stephanie Ventura, the demographer who oversaw the report. The birth rate, which takes into account changes in the population, fell to 13.5 births for every 1,000 people last year. That’s down from 14.3 in 2007 and way down from 30 in 1909, when it was common for people to have big families. “It doesn’t matter how you look at it — fertility has declined,” Ventura said.

The situation is a striking turnabout from 2007, when more babies were born in the United States than any other year in the nation’s history. The recession began that fall, dragging stocks, jobs and births down. “When the economy is bad and people are uncomfortable about their financial future, they tend to postpone having children. We saw that in the Great Depression the 1930s and we’re seeing that in the Great Recession today,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University. “It could take a few years to turn this around,” he added, noting that the birth rate stayed low throughout the 1930s.

As the report shows, it’s actually the lowest in a lot more than a hundred years.  But we’ll go with the lamestream media’s headline.  The REAL news here is that – while the low birthrate is being blamed on the recession – the birthrate is actually lower than it was during the Great Depression years (it was 21.3 births per 100 Americans in 1930, the year AFTER the Depression began).

The birth rate is shockingly down for not one but two years in a row.  Which is contrasted with 2007 (“Miss me yet?”),  when more babies were born to Americans than at any time in our history.  The Democrats under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid would soon screw that up, however.

And now, Obama has not only crushed “hope” in America, but love as well.

Gotta ask: how’s that “Marxist as Moscow” “hopey changey” thing working out for ya here in “God damn America”?

The media is depicting this frightening news that American can’t replenish it’s population and is now going the way of the Dodo bird to the impact of the recession.  It’s the economy, stupid.  There’s only one problem with that: it wasn’t this bad in the GREAT DEPRESSION.

Now, I remember when Obama was campaigning for office and when he was trying to ram his stimulus – that he said would keep employment under 8% – through a Democrat-owned Congress.  Those were the days when Obama

turned fearmongering into an art form. He has repeatedly raised the specter of another Great Depression. First, he did so to win votes in the November election. He has done so again recently to sway congressional votes for his stimulus package.

In his remarks, every gloomy statistic on the economy becomes a harbinger of doom. As he tells it, today’s economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Without his Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he says, the economy will fall back into that abyss and may never recover.

Obama got his presidency.  He got his massive stimulus boondoggle.  But he poisoned the well of American confidence in doing so.

For all his many failings – such as keeping the Great Depression going for seven years longer with his terrible economic policies – FDR was a man of incredible confidence who gave his people optimism in the future.  “Things are bad for us now,” he essentially said, “But we’ll lick this depression.  You just wait!”  And most Americans, perhaps gullibly given his awful policies, believed him.

Ultimately, FDR’s own Treasury Secretary and close personal friend Henry Morganthau, acknowledged the utter failure of FDR’s economic policies:

“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong… somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises… I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started… And an enormous debt to boot!” – Henry Morganthau, FDR’s Treasury Secretary, May 1939

But at least the people had confidence -however misplaced – in FDR’s leadership.

Unlike Obama, whom they have no confidence in at all.

I have said this many times, and said it quite forcefully hear only a couple of months after Obama assumed office:

At this point, Obama is demonstrating that he cannot lead. And in a way it’s not his fault; there was never anything in his life experience that indicated he could lead. Community organizer? Obscure Illinois State Representative [who used thug tactics to come from nowhere to claim the seat]? One-term Senator (who promised he’d serve his first six-year term but then ran for President after 158 days???)??? [....]

He is a total failure. We don’t have a leader, we just have a guy who campaigns for four years. The country will begin to increasingly drift until we get a real president.

And boy oh boy was I ever right.

Here’s a short list of news reports I came up with that revealed how America was in the grip of disaster while Obama was on vacation gripping a golf club:

Did you notice how many of those new bad news releases reveal terrible numbers that go back decades?  And that things were NEVER this bad when Bush was president?

And here’s the headline that Obama finally comes back from the lap of luxury after his sixth vacation of the year to see:

Record number in government anti-poverty programs

And the story there:

WASHINGTON — Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

One major problem facing the country is that millions of Americans are glad that Obama is giving them welfare, versus the Americans who would rather have a president who leads the nation as a whole out of poverty and back to prosperity.

It’s not just Obama’s bad economy that is causing Americans to stop having babies and start fading away as a nation; it’s not even his terrible policies that are sustaining that bad economy; it’s his total failure of leadership that is creating this unparalleled lack of confidence in America’s future.

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4 Responses to “Catastrophic Failure Of Leadership: US Birthrate Falls To Lowest Level In 100 Years”

  1. rich Says:

    How can anyone on the right point to a lower birth rate as a negative? it means less teenage mothers. it means less “anchor babies.” it means less “welfare babies.” Less mouths to feed on the government’s dime. It means a more educated and professional populace, as the higher your education and income, the more likely you are to put off childbearing. it means more adoptions of the children we already have. I can’t find one negative thing about a lower birth rate. you will honestly use anything possible to take a swipe at this administration…but you are really grasping at straws now.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    The reason you “can’t find one negative thing about a lower birth rate” is because you make the utterly fallacious assumption that the only people who aren’t having babies are the people who would be a drain on social resources to make babies. Are young professionals having babies? On your view, they’re pumping out babies; only welfare moms aren’t having babies. Because only “teenage mothers” and “illegal immigrants” are concerned about the economy. For white people – and in particular white people with educations – boy are they ever happy with the economy right now. So brimming with confidence, all the people who we most want to have babies are just getting’ that lovin’ feeling under Obama’s magnificent economy.

    Dude, the most highly educated women are the ones putting off having kids the longest. How can you not know that???

    I just got a smallish dog rather than the larger one I wanted just in case I had cause to move; do you seriously think that young educated couples who are either unemployed or afraid of losing their jobs are having kids?

    8% of ALL babies born in the United States are to illegal immigrant parents now. Does THAT sound like a huge decrease in “anchor babies” to you? And if it were an even worse problem before, as you seem to think, what kind of a treasonous vermin were you not to join the right in fighting this takeover of our country?

    Other reasons that you “can’t find one negative thing about a lower birth rate” is your rabid ideological faith in global warming and the abortion-mindset of population control, and your liberal “blame America first” disdain for the American people in general, such that the fewer Americans, the better.

    You say “you will honestly use anything possible to take a swipe at this administration.” I once wrote an article titled, “Do unto Obama what liberals did unto Bush.” Hypocrites like you who joined into the rabid Bush derangement syndrome have been so angry that conservatives might use your unrelentingly critical tactics against you. Oh, no, only the LEFT can bring down a president with constant attack; how DARE the right do it? You made the dish – now EAT IT.

    The ONLY thing I have done in this article is point out that the media have overwhelmingly said this was a demonstration of a lack of confidence in the economy. And I merely pointed out that the lack of confidence in the economy was the fault of the Obama administration, which is only capable of blaming Bush rather than taking responsibility and actually leading the country.

  3. rich Says:

    Oh lord. I stepped in a whole pile of crazy when I wandered onto this website.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    I will always wonder why you liberal morons do your stupid drive by comments. You don’t have any REASONS for your snotty one liners because you’re too just too damn stupid to have them.

    So please take all the screaming demons that live in your head and go somewhere else.

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