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The demographic time bomb that could hit America. By Catherine Rampell

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'Japan’s demographic crisis provides some lessons for where America might be headed. In 2017, the USsaw the fewest babies born in 30 years! Why does this matter? Well, it’s hard for an economy to grow with fewer workers. And as more people age out of the workforce, a swelling number of retirees must depend on a shrinking number of working people to power the economy. The tax base required to fund public services for those retirees — including health care and elder care — also shrinks. But it turns out things could be worse — a lot worse. We could be Japan, whose unfolding demographic crisis provides some lessons for where America might be headed. Meanwhile, deaths in Japan hit their highest level in nearly a century. Put together, that means the country’s population is shrinking rapidly, experiencing its largest natural decline on record.'

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and then there is the decline in educated, informed adults, as the old folks who remember WW1 and WW2 leave this existence, and the schools fail to facilitate LEARNING of real history, even as the screens fill the heads of the present generation with 'alternative facts.'


If the earth is still habitable in 200 years, history will show what we did to end America.

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Why would we want the economy to keep growing? We're already drowning in excess. We need to cut way back to local self sufficiency while shifting radically toward regenerative agriculture. The last thing we need is a more productive economy. We need a healthy biosphere.

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Fewer people is not bad, as long as the number of good and educated people increases.

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i go along with the fewer people is good.We are already straining our resources for food and water and living space as more and more farmland is disappearing.What we end up with is gmo food which kills us and water shortages.I am beginning to think the chinese idea of limiting people to one or two children is reasonable or we end up like china and india with hugh starving masses.Overpopulation helps the corporations with cheap labor but hurts normal human beings.Of course Catholics and fundies are for breeding like animals because their so called ministers think it will fatten the collection plates so they with corporations are all for overpopulation

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Capitalism demands consumerism and growth. Survival demands a much smaller population living without the consumer stuff. There is no time left to think increased consumption/population is anything other than the lid on humanity's coffin.

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Tax base is not a problem. The US can create as much money without interest as needed for whatever problem. There is a problem that is growing exponentially that can be a back breaker: The growing incidence of Autism, Alzheimer's, Parkinson' and other degenerative diseases. Each one ultimately requires two or more care givers. At projected rates of increase, half the population will be suffering such disabling diseases by 2030 (11 years). See an economic analysis here. The solution starts by banning Roundup.

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