June 9, 2014

BIRTH RATES ALWAYS FALL UNDER SOCIALISM: Women are having fewer kids, and demographers don’t know why.

The fertility rate fell to a record low 62.9 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2013, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. . . .

Demographers expected the fertility rate to fall during recession, as financially strapped families put off childbearing. But what has surprised some demographers is both the depth of the decline and the fact that fertility has continued to drop even over the course of the country’s five years of slow but steady recovery. The rate has fallen steadily each year since 2007, when it stood at 2.1 percent. . . . The financial crisis “has had the most punishing impact on demographic trends of anything since the Great Depression,” Johnson said.

Maybe there hasn’t actually been a “slow but steady recovery.”