There is a rational middle ground here.
It is extremely hard to find any behavior, including having children, which
does not respond to economic incentives. That's certainly true of the
middle classes, and it's odd to think it would completely cease to apply to
the poor. To pretend otherwise is to look like head-in-the-clouds pc
pollyannas, or sentimental right-wing family-worshippers. On the other
hand, Ivan is completely right about the best form of birth control, with
education for women being the overwhelmingly most important documented
factor. So the point is to provide lots of routes out of poverty,
especially via education, without providing distinct economic short-term
incentives to have kids.
>I don't like this objection. It sounds to me very similar to the idea that
>welfare was responsible for poor women having children. As if an economic
>incentive encourages women to have babies. As has been pointed out
>innumerable times, population problems are made worse by poverty and lack of
>education. The best form of birth control is a college degree, a good job and
>prospects for the future. Punishing people for being poor can actually
>encourage population growth.
>"Aaron S. Hawley" wrote:
>> On Mon, 31 Jan 2000, Michael Goldhaber wrote:
>> > 11. END SO-CALLED MARRIAGE PENALTY in taxes, but also in welfare.
>> > Recognize taking care of one’s own children as a form of work, and award
>> > excellence in doing it. Let any group of people who care for each other
>> > form a family or a marriage if want, with all the same benefits as
>> > traditional marriages.
>> i don't know about this. everything else i liked. what about the
>> population problem? (even in our country) this section made me curious
>> about your stance on this. i want education, and recreation programs for
>> kids. but i don't want tax breaks for having 17 kids.
>> Aaron S. Hawley -> [log in to unmask] -> http://www.uvm.edu/~ashawley/
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