Thursday, March 20, 2014

Low birth rates become more problematic in some developing countries like Thailand

Birth rates are dropping in much of the developing world as well as in richer countries.  The Wall Street Journal reports “Slumping fertility rates in developing world spark labor worries; birthrates fall in Thailand, raising concerns about aging populations”, by James Hookway, link here

The print title on the front page was just “Baby bust spreads to developing world.”
Some in Thailand want to exert punitive taxes on singles or childless couples.   But Mussolini did that.
Others are placing more emphasis on teaching elderly people in rural areas to become more self-sufficient, especially in growing food. 
Putin’s concern about low birthrates is probably what drives a lot of the motive behind the “anti-gay propaganda law”, as crude as his reasoning sounds.  

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