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By Emmy Griffin, Patriot Post, Oct. 21, 2021

The low fertility rate is a web of our own weaving, but we can reverse it with self-sacrifice.

The fertility rate in America is not good. Our country’s population rate hasn’t been this low since the 1930s. With a birth rate of just 1.6, it’s not going to keep up with the death rate, which is a foreboding sign for an already slow economy that depends on young people to drive it.

With the economy being in a major slump for the second time in their adult lives, Millennials — an already financially unsettled demographic — are even less inclined to start families. In 2007, the economy took a hit and affected the job and housing markets. This hurt Millennials who were just joining the workforce and trying to start families. It was a slow climb to get out of that downturn. Finally, the economy hit its peak during the Trump administration. But then, due to COVID pandemic lockdown policies in March of 2020, it was ground to a screeching halt. After the 2020 election, there was some hope the economy would rebound, but poor Democrat governance has continued to stifle economic growth. We are currently facing a labor shortage, supply chain troubles, an energy crisis, and rising inflation. Birth rates and economic growth tend to be in a symbiotic relationship: The more successful the economy, the more inclined people are to procreate. No wonder the birth rate is so low. …

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