Social Security and Medicare are fading even faster under the weight of the recession, heading for insolvency years sooner than previously expected, the government warned Tuesday. Social Security will start paying out more in benefits than it collects in taxes in 2016, a year sooner than projected last year, and the giant trust fund will be depleted by 2037, four years sooner, trustees reported.

Medicare is in even worse shape. The trustees said the program for hospital expenses will pay out more in benefits than it collects this year, just as it did for the first time in 2008. The trustees project that the Medicare fund will be depleted by 2017, two years earlier than the date projected in last year’s report.[1]

Government programs, like Social Security and Medicare, that help people (i.e. retirees, disabled or folk with other needs) are supposed to be funded by those people who are currently working.  However, what happens if there are fewer people who are entering the workforce?

* Since 1973, when abortion became legal, there have been about 49,500,000 abortions.[2]

* The U.S. birthrate is about 2.1.

The average American woman has 2.1 children in her lifetime, the most since the early 1970s, with women of Hispanic origin having the highest rate – almost three children per woman.

America’s birthrate has left behind those of its rich peers, staying above two children per woman since the late 1980s. Rates in Italy, Germany and Japan have hovered around 1.3 over a decade, while the UK rate has revived somewhat after falling below 1.7 around the turn of the millennium.[3]

When a country doesn’t replenish its population, it naturally is going to have problems — maybe not right away, but it will happen. We are now seeing what some of the consequences of statism are.

If the U.S. had 50,000,000 more people entering the workforce and/or had a larger birthrate, it would be less of a burden for the country to help and care for the people who are retirees, disabled, etc.

Another problem is that as the population ages, there will be an ever decreasing number of people who will be able to fill the positions needed in the workforce.

The Italians, et al. are essentially going to die off if they continue on their current trajectory. It’s merely a matter of time.  Another real possibility is that other people groups (i.e. Muslims) will become the majority in these countries.  If this happens, the new majority will certainly change the laws and societies.  It goes without saying that the new minority (which embraced statism and western ideas) isn’t going to fare too well.

China has a different problem.

China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting from the country’s tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced, state media reported Friday.

The tens of millions of men who will not be able to find a wife could also lead to social instability problems, the China Daily said in a front-page report.

China imposed strict population controls in the 1970s to limit growth of its huge population, but one side effect has been a jump in gender selection of babies. Traditional preferences for a son mean some women abort their baby if an early term sonogram shows it is a girl.[4]

Other than the problems already discussed, China has another whopper of a problem. Chinese men numbering in the tens of millions simply will not be able to find wives all because the State imposed its will upon the people and tens of millions of girls were killed.  Nobody knows what this will mean to China or the world.  Will China be even more aggressive towards the rest of the world since they will have millions of single men.  What will China do to obtain women for their men?

It should be abundantly how self-destructive Statism is.

1. “Feds warn Social Security may go broke 4 years sooner,” Houston Chronicle, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6420758.html.

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2. “Abortion in the United States,” National Right to Life, http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/abortionstats.html.

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3. Dan Glaister, “Number of babies born in the US reaches record levels” The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/18/birth-rate-us-baby-boomers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/18/birth-rate-us-baby-boomers.

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4. “China facing major gender imbalance,” Jan. 12, 2007, MSNBC, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16593301/.

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