Responsible Reproduction

8/26/06

 

Our objective should be to maintain economic growth while reducing the birth rate to equal the death rate.  Can we suggest some policies and economic incentives to reduce the birth rate while maintaining or decreasing the current lower death rate?  I suggest the following:

 

Policy objectives:

1. Each person should be held responsible for controlling his/her reproductive behavior.

 

2.  Each woman (and her partner(s)) should be encouraged to have no more than two children (no more than one child in overpopulated countries).  It is immediately obvious that it is much easier to monitor the woman’s reproductive behavior.

 

3.  If a person asks for tax-supported welfare, the taxpayers are justified in insisting upon assurance that there will be no future children to also support.

 

Suggested actions:

1.  There should be no more than two tax deductions for children.

 

2.  A woman, not on welfare, with more than two children should pay the full cost of educating the third and later born children with the help of the father(s), if known.

 

3.  If a woman asks for tax-supported welfare, for herself or her children, she should have to agree in writing not to have more than two children.  If she already has two or more children, she should have to agree in writing to be sterilized before receiving any tax-supported welfare.  If she has only one child or no children, she should have to agree in writing not to have any additional children while on tax-supported welfare.  Tax-supported welfare should cease, or not be granted, to any woman who has two or more children and refuses to be sterilized. 

 

4.  If a man recognizes himself, or is proven, to be the father of a child, he shall be liable for child support.  If he has already fathered two or more children, he should have to agree in writing to be sterilized before receiving any tax-supported welfare.  If he has only one child or no children, he should have to agree in writing not to have any additional children while on tax-supported welfare.  Tax-supported welfare should cease, or not be granted, to any man who has two or more children and refuses to be sterilized. 

 

5. If anyone is proven to have obtained tax-supported welfare fraudulently, he/she should be sterilized to prevent additional fraudulent claims.

 

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