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Thread: A license to have children [W:81]

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    "Beef up?" Sorry, but you're talking about a TON of people!!! I think that this sounds like something out of a sci-fi flick.
    I'd do the job. Hell, the portion of my taxes that went toward the effort... I'd feel really GOOD about.

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Yeah, because having a child you cannot afford and depending on 200 million taxpayers to support it COMPLETELY removes any government interference...

    Explains a few things.
    The OP asked should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children?... I don't see where it was asked specifically relating to affordability.

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    I truthfully do understand the seeming outrageousness of ever suggesting reproduction be regulated.

    Ultimately, it's up to the people to recognize that parenthood is many ways the most important "job" a parent will ever have. And yet there's no "hiring process" for this job. It's completely open-door, anything-goes. Population-control aside, the mere desire to contain (rather than proliferate) severe intergenerational social problems behooves us to continue considering whether there is a way to more strongly dissuade or prevent people from becoming parents before they're ready to handle the responsibilities.
    Well, if we wanted to be honest about population problems, it has NOTHING to do with people having babies. It has everything to do with advances in medical technology. People are SUPPOSED to die.

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I think that could be quite simple given a little time. Each person born is allowed 1.0 point and each child they produce counts as 0.5. Therefor each child costs their parent a total of 1 point worth (0.5 per parent). This way a person could have a child with two different people and not be limited to a single partner yet we would only allow 1 child per person overall lowering the population over time. Once a person reaches their allocated 1.0 limit they are fixed. Given time a DNA database could in minutes verify both parents of a child.
    We could, of course, simply sterilize everybody before they can breed (never mind the developmental consequences) and do everything by database and decree. Heck, we could take humans out of the equation entirely. We already have the technology.

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    I'd do the job. Hell, the portion of my taxes that went toward the effort... I'd feel really GOOD about.
    I wonder if you are pro life or pro choice?

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Serenity View Post
    The OP asked should people be required to qualify and obtain a license to have children?... I don't see where it was asked specifically relating to affordability.
    I'm saying that when someone requires taxpayer assistance to raise their children, it greatly includes government. Thus, all this "all you libertarians blah blah blah more government control" spew is blatantly false. Requiring licenses involves government no more than it does now, and maybe even removes it to an extent. The problem is that all the big-tent liberals want to ignore that aspect and assume that welfare is a right, and that there's no public sector involvement in getting that first-of-the-month check.

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    I truthfully do understand the seeming outrageousness of ever suggesting reproduction be regulated.

    Ultimately, it's up to the people to recognize that parenthood is many ways the most important "job" a parent will ever have. And yet there's no "hiring process" for this job. It's completely open-door, anything-goes. Population-control aside, the mere desire to contain (rather than proliferate) severe intergenerational social problems behooves us to continue considering whether there is a way to more strongly dissuade or prevent people from becoming parents before they're ready to handle the responsibilities.
    I get the desire to regulate reproduction. I've definitely made offhand remarks about making people take tests before they become parents after witnessing some particularly bad parenting in the families of some friends and acquaintances (or just looking at commercials for 'Teen Mom' on MTV). When it goes from just a frustrated remark to an actual policy consideration though, my tune changes.

    As far as dissuading and preventing people from becoming parents too soon, I think that can be done much in the same way education about safe sex has had a great deal of success in preventing the spread of STDs. I can't really speak a lot on what specific solutions I would advocate because I just haven't done a lot of research on the issue. Regardless, I think the best solution is to help people make the right choices rather than let government decide who does and doesn't have kids.

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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    You must not be familiar with the booming white trash population that we have in this part of the country.
    someone has to watch WWE and Jerry Springer!!



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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    someone has to watch WWE and Jerry Springer!!
    OMG- at work, a couple of weeks ago, I felt like I was in a Jerry Springer nightmare. My Gawd, some people make me embarrassed to be a human. Cripes!
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    Re: A license to have children [W:81]

    So people are actually advocating making the entire population sterile until such a time that the government deems them "acceptable" to have children? Because of SOME irresponsible people who make up maybe 15% of the entire population? Hmmmm.

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