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  •  Want to see what happens to economies in (2+ / 0-)
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    thomask, mmacdDE

    countries with very low population growth?  Look at Japan.  Who the hell do you think is going to support you when you're 80?  And don't tell me that it's going to be your well-earned savings and investments.  That's mostly what I live off, but if we had negative population growth, my income would be a hell of a lot less.   This reminds me of the ANSOLUTELY INSANE failure of the U.S. to invest in its dilapidated infrastructure right now when it could borrow at essentially zero interest.  Oh, and you can throw in there the drastic reduction in state support for public higher education over the last 40 years.      People don't seem to realize it's an implicit après moi le deluge policy, except that the deluge -- literal and/or metaphorical -- is likely to come a lot sooner tan they expect if we continue to refuse invest in the future.  

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