Mordcha: Why should I break my head about the outside world. Let the outside world break it’s own head!
Tevye: He’s right, as the good book says: ‘If you spit in the air it lands in your face.’
Perchik: Nonsense you can’t close your eyes to what’s happening in the world
Tevye: He’s Right
Avram: He’s right, and he’s right? They can’t both be right.
Tevye: You know… you are also right
in Des Moines, when a reporter asked about the suggestion that his campaign was backing off some positions in the staunch states-rights book, Perry said, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”
So who’s right, Perry and the Right or the left? If you look at the question with a smart eye it’s clear who is right.
Why, because Santorum has made the argument that many of our fiscal issues have their origin in social changes that have been harmful to our nation.
The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.
And it’s not just the culture of Abortion, it’s the culture of birth control and of Children as a burden vs a blessing.
When Social Security was designed the culture of the nation was solidly Judeo-Christian. If you have a culture where large families are celebrated and encouraged then Social Security goes from Ponsi scheme to a sustainable program for centuries. As the population continues to increase the technology does as well and is able to support it. As Stacy McCain pointed out:
In 1957, at the peak of the Baby Boom, the U.S. total fertility rate (TFR) – the average number of births per woman, over the course of her lifetime, based on annual rates — reached 3.74. As any student of statistics should see, this number meant that the typical American woman was far more likely to have four children than to have only three.
Or for every childless woman out there in the US you could find a mother of 6 or more out there.
However with the 60’s “do what you want” culture taking root with it culmination of a culture of death where presidential candidates argue their daughters shouldn’t be “punished with children” or that Pregnancy is treated as a disease, suddenly you don’t have the population to sustain a program like Social Security nor as Europe is finding out a population to sustain the cultural norms like free speech. As Pundit put it:
So this is what is at the bottom of the pro-choice argument — they are “disgusted” by pregnancy and birth? I thought it was supposed to be the crazy fundamentalists that hated the human body and feared sex. How sick do you have to be to be revolted by the process that brings new life, that brought your life, into being?
Or as Stacy McCain put it: Anti-science!
Anti-natalist sentiments are a natural byproduct of the Contraceptive Culture, which propagates the belief that sex without pregnancy is normal, and where pregnancy is considered a rare medical anomaly.
This way of thinking — nowadays so common that we don’t even recognize it as an ideological phenomenon — is an inversion of nature.
From a strictly biological point of view, procreation is the only purpose of sex. People who like to condemn conservatives as being “anti-science” because we don’t go along with the global-warming crusade ought to be asked to explain why they are so hostile to the scientific purpose of sex, i.e., making babies.
One of the advantages that comes with age is the ability to see how things work over generations. As a person interested in history since childhood I’ve had the incredible luck to be born at a time where not only massive changes were taking place but access to information for the ordinary man was almost unprecedented in history both in terms of books and electronics. Looking at the evidence of history, current events and my own eyes over the years I must conclude that the adoption of the 60’s culture of hedonism and narcissism by our society has been the cause of the greatest self-inflicted hemorrhage of blood and treasure the country has ever seen since the Civil War.
Bottom line, Social Security in the culture it was designed for was not a Ponzi scheme, but the cultural changes that took place in the sixties have made it into one. Perry argument treats the symptom, which is important, but Santorum argument address the cause, that is better.
Update: Smitty weighs in
The interesting question raised by the Politico article is whether the Boomers are sufficiently enslaved by entitlements. Are they indoctrinated into beliefs about ‘rights’ to Social Security and Medicare that have become velvet handcuffs over time, so that the Boomers can be manipulated into turning against a candidate like a Perry, or a Cain, or a Santorum, who has the courage to speak the truth? I wish that ideas of liberty and American Exceptionalism were sufficiently strong to make that a silly question, but they are not.
O’Rourke famously noted that 2010 was not an election; it was a restraining order. 2012, therefore, will be liberty on trial, prosecuted by a Progressive werewolf in bespoke and Gucchis. Will conservatives rally around a McCotter, or even Palin? Or will they be deceived and support Romney, whose hair is perfect?
That depends on which side of the cultural divide they fall on.