Cashing In the Chips — Postpone Social Security?

October 20, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to John Rohe, Vice-President for Philanthropy at the Colcom Foundation, for this article from the Social Contract, which has not lost any relevance since it was written.

Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb was a call to arms in 1968. His prophecy of congestion and resource depletion motivated a generation in their child-bearing years to address exponential population growth. This generation responded to the call. Population became the central focus on our first Earth Day in 1970. Concerns over population growth permeated the media and seared an indelible mark on the collective conscience of a nation.

The U.S. fertility rate dropped as a result of environmental awareness of population pressures and other factors. These other factors included improved family planning, female empowerment, urbanization, increasing costs of child-rearing, and rising college expenses. Our concerns reflected an interest to leave a more dignified future.

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