How To Help Middle Class Families
From Slate Articles
December 3, 2012 - 8:47am
This seemed like a very sensible paragraph from Ross Douthat:
Government’s power over fertility rates is limited, but not nonexistent. America has
no real family policy to speak of at the moment, and the evidence from countries like Sweden and France suggests that reducing the ever-rising cost of having kids can help fertility rates rebound. Whether this means a more family-friendly tax code, a push for more flexible work hours, or an effort to reduce the cost of college, there’s clearly room for creative policy to make some difference.
By contrast, this seems slightly nutty:
Beneath these policy debates, though, lie cultural forces that no legislator can really hope to change. The retreat from child rearing is, at some level, a symptom of late-modern exhaustion — a decadence that first arose in the West but now haunts rich societies around the globe. It’s a spi...
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