President Barack Obama and his comic sidekick Joe Biden are doing their best to convince everyone that the recession is over. They modify the unemployment figures to show that things are not as bad as they really are. They’re touting that spending is up and that this is a good sign, but they fail to mention that the price of gas and nearly everything else has gone up and incomes on the average have gone down.
Once Mitt Romney started asking people if they are better off now than they were four years ago, the comedy team of Obama and Biden took their act on the road trying to tell people who have lost everything that they ARE better off now than four years ago. They traveled to areas where Obama’s energy policies have shut down coal mines and do their song and dance routine and tell the families that have lost their jobs and pensions and now are losing their homes that they’re better off now.
Like the November 3, 1948 front page of the Chicago Tribune whose headlines read: Dewey Defeats Truman, the main stream media continues their accurate reporting by continually declaring the recession is over.
But there’s one indicator that many people overlook and this indicator says the recession is not over. Historically, after other recessions and the Great Depression, the birth rates increased the following year. Families felt better about the future and decided to add to their family.
Based on this trend, many experts believed that the birth rates in 2010 and 2011 should have shown signs of increases, but they haven’t. Instead, the birth rates have been steadily dropping among most age groups, especially teens and younger adults. Sam Sturgeon, a demographer and president of Demographic Intelligence stated:
“Most demographers were expecting a mini-baby boom right now. We anticipated that because the number of women of prime childbearing age has gone up. We were looking at what would have been the grandchildren of the baby boomers.”
Their anticipated mini-baby boom has been more of a bust than a boom. In 2011, the number of births to teens ages 15-19 dropped by 10% and young women 20-24 experienced a 3% drop in the number of births last year. Perhaps even more telling was the number of births for women 25-29 in 2011 was the lowest since 1976.
Many experts are reluctant to blame the surprisingly low birth rates on a recession that supposedly ended a couple years ago, but they don’t seem to have any other real answer for the figures either.
But face it, more families are still out of work, losing their homes and joining the ranks of poverty income. Who would want to bring a child into such a world of uncertainty and financial chaos and negativity? Who would want to bring a child into a world whose culture was changing from one of freedom to one of socialistic slavery? And who would want to bring a child into an America that is no longer the America of their parents?
I believe the decline in births is a true indicator that the recession is not over and that more people cannot afford to bring a child into the world or are afraid to. I also believe that the experts are afraid to admit the truth because it will reflect poorly on Obama at such a vulnerable time in the election, so let’s surprise them and show everyone what’s really going on.