Its very similar to the thousands of people that choose prision over being homeless..at a cost of 100,000 a yr plus and choose prison to get care for a health problem because they have no insurance... one sick convict costs MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars....I know conservatives hate to hear this...but sorry folks its THE PURE TRUTH....
Last edited by lpast; 10-15-12 at 11:11 AM.
I never argued against that. But as you'll note, fertility was MUCH higher. Two reasons.
1. Contraception, while available, was less effective (sterilization not withstanding, although that was major surgery at the time).
2. Women had almost no control over their own lives, so they had as many children as their husbands decided to put in them. Women today have a lot less, because now they have the social ability to decide.
So arguing that women were "more responsible" about their childbearing, when they had twice as many children, those children were more likely to die, and poverty was far more crushing, is frankly hilarious.
I do not agree that contraceptives enable "bad behavior" in any significant way. Especially relative to the other entitlements out there.
Pick your battles. Start with the real problem. That would be Medicare.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
No. There should be some minimal level of personal responsibility that we as taxpayers should demand of the people living in this country. Paying for one's own birth control should be the responsibility of the person engaging in that optional, recreational activity.
"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
Fertility was higher because I used the 1950's as an example. This was the baby boom era, when all the men came back from the war and "got busy."
Look at the 20's or 30's then. Fertility rates were the same as today's, and average life expectancy for women was still beyond reproductive years.
Condoms weren't widely available at that time either.