I once read an editorial that cynically suggested that such welfare moms are effectively employees...
If you saw the typical parents of preemies and other seriously-ill babies and toddlers at the world-clbutt (no irony here, it's a fact) pediatric hospital here, you would rapidly come to the conclusion that most lower mammals can rear their children more effectively than these humans. Oh, they can reproduce, all right, but that is about all. Elitist, yes, very, but too true to ignore.
"Good" parents don't have sick kids any more, except maybe obese ones or typical scrapes and accidents. The only people with kids in the hospital now are the most pathological humans you could imagine. And you wonder why no young folk are going into nursing...who needs it? Who needs a system that says that the most Epsilon Minus Semi-Moron parent should have every whim indulged, against best medical advice and practice?
My wife has seen it all. And it ain't pretty.
Oh, someone who works in one of those hospitals was telling me of one of the "Less standard occurances". Don't...
Nurses and social workers are the only people keeping these kids alive...but to what end? Not a good one. Generation time is 12-14 years for this crowd. Great-grandma at age 36-40, howzat? Short of extermination or sterilization, I don't know how you stop it.
Humans are stuck in a grow-to-survive mode...I think we need to start thinking about steady-state. Sorry, capitalists, but the world is a finite resource, a zero-sum game. You can't solve your problems by growth...it's a pyramid scheme.
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