A Solution to the Economic Crisis?

I read a very interesting article this morning.  The author suggests that the solution to the economic crisis is for families to have more children.  This suggestion intrigued me, I must say!  The premise is that with more younger people in the world working , feeding the economy and paying into Social Security that the S.S. Trust fund would “be solvent forever.”  Wow!

As a parent, I’m puzzled as to just how to raise more children to the age at which they could become contributors to this Social Security Trust.  I have to be honest.  My husband and I both have to work in order to buy food, clothing, pay the house note and health insurance.   It is not an option – not something that we do in order to purchase luxuries.  We don’t own a flat screen television like many of our friends.  We do not have cell phones that are touch screen with unlimited internet.  We are driving very old cars that are falling apart.   (We are paying for Catholic education, as this is extremely important to us.)  I simply do not know how  we could support another child.  I have always trusted that if God would send us another, that He would provide the means… but I surely hope that at 45, this is not part of His plan, if you know what I mean! (giggle)

I personally know of several, beautiful young families who are trying desperately to follow God’s plan for marriage.  They are having larger families than the average.  It is a wonderful testament to their faith and trust in God.  Unfortunately, some have had to accept government health insurance and even food subsidies in order to stay afloat.  It’s not fair.  Is God’s plan obsolete? I don’t think so!  Sadly, today’s world does not support the idea of larger families.  It has rejected God’s plan, and made it nearly impossible for many Christians to live it fully.

What do you think of this article?  Is it the answer?  Is it realistic?

Read it here:  “Bigger Families are Solution to Economic Crisis”

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About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 7, 14 and 21. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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6 Responses to A Solution to the Economic Crisis?

  1. We should be wanting to add more souls to His kingdom by having and raising children in a godly and christian home but I don’t think larger familes is the answer to our economy! It’s called turn back from our self centered idealist world of thinking that we should all have the latest modern items in our homes, cars, phones, etc. My daughter wants me to go buy all of these new things for her dorm room so everthing would match etc. This isn’t her first apartment or house! Why should I waste money on this when we don’t have it? When she moves again she will want all new curtains etc. too. This is what youths are wasting their money on now…when I went to college I selected bedding from our linen closet. It never even occured to me to ask my parents for a whole new designer sceme of decorating for my room. I was just happy to have something on my bed to keep me warm! I was just happy for the opportunity to go to college!! We need to go back to our family roots and values and our grandparent’s values again. We are too wealthy here in the U.S. and don’t even apperciate how wealthy we are. If we have a place to live were the roof doesn’t leak and food everyday we are tremendously Blessed!! I did missonary work in Mexico a few years ago and came back at Christmas time and wanted to die of shame because we are sooooo blessed just to live in the U.S. and have any kind of home at all to live in. Our mission was to build houses for the poor. We were building houses made out of concreat blocks with a dirt floor and no glass in the window and doors. They would use blankets to keep the wind, cold, and rain out. The house was the size of half of my garage and a family of parents, children and grandmother lived in this small of space without electricity or ANY means to get water. And they felt so blessed and thankful for us helping them to have a house like this!!! We need to be more thankful for what we have.

  2. Hi Dana…interesting post! I find that most of the large families I know to be very prudent financially…they drive their vans for years and years; they use and re-use items; rarely buy new furniture; don’t go on lavish vacations, use hand me down clothes, shoes, etc. Living like this (regardless of how many children a family has) is perhaps more of a solution to the economic crisis than simply having a large family with more young people working. Regarding government health insurance and food subsidies, I don’t know any large families up here that have had to do that (but that could have something to do with Canada having socialized medicine…)

    • danardoyle says:

      I thought of you and Sue – and your big, beautiful families when I posted this. The way that you all are living your faith is such a wonderful witness to God’s faithful love and providence.

  3. Sue Elvis says:

    A thought provoking post, Dana! I guess we have a larger than average family. Here in Australia, we have a good health system available to all people so medical expenses are not a problem. (Except for such things as dental and specialist services such as orthodontics). We drive very old cars. Our van is older than our eldest child and she is 24!. AS Ellen said, we buy secondhand, and rarely go on holiday. But we have a good life! We’ve never gone short of anything. God always opens up an unexpected source of money to us just when we need it most! He has really looked after us over the years and continues to do so. Great Post. God bless!

    • danardoyle says:

      I knew you & Ellen would likely comment on this post. I thought of both of you and your beautiful, big families when I posted it! I do believe in God’s faithfulness to those who follow Him. The way that your family lives is a beautiful testament to our faith.

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