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The Cost of Choice – Part 2

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So what kind of an economic impact does the loss of 60 million consumers make? There were just over 170 million tax units in the US in 2015. That means that if we had not been aborting our babies there would be approximately 18% more tax payers. Conservatively that’s a one trillion dollar loss every 3-5 years depending on the number of abortions each year. Now while there are a lot of factors that play into how big the loss of revenue is each year one thing is clear morality impacts money and much of our national debt would not exist if 60 million lives did. Choice comes with a cost and today we are feeling the financial loss of abortion. Not only does abortion adversely impact the federal tax revenue but it has created a growing parity between the old and the young, which is really what is at the heart of the demographic challenges that face Medicare and Social Security. One fascinating figure is that when the peak of the baby boom generation reaches retirement age, the number of abortions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision will equal the number of births in the baby boom. “If only one-third of those who have been aborted were available to start work on their 18th birthday,” speculated USA Today, “the demise of Social Security would be put off for decades.” It is estimated that largely because of abortion that by the year 2030 the ratio of workers to Social Security beneficiaries will be reduced to a 2-to-1 ration. Two workers will be supporting one retiree compared to the 42 workers supporting each retiree when the program first began in the 1930s. What are the real causes for our economic slowdown; the experts keep blaming it on good things like more efficient oil and gas production that has created a glut in energy supplies. But what if the experts are living in denial about the real causes of the economic slowdown, what if the real problem is a crisis in consumer demand driven by aggressive pro-abortion policies in both the United States and China. This year the U.S. population reached 325 million, but it should be 385 million or 18% higher if not for the 60 million lost to abortion. Can you imagine where the stock market would be with an economy 18% larger? Let’s not forget that the youth market which had driven the American economy since the 1950’s would be 30% bigger. Gen X, Y and Z have borne the brunt of the abortion epidemic, look the Fed can fool around and manipulate interest rates all it wants, but it can’t make up for an 18% to 30% hit on our whole economy. When it comes to finance the Fed is creating a false sense of security, look figures don’t lie, but liars figure. The truth is that if those 60 million babies had not been aborted Gen X, Y and Z would be 30% bigger. This means that we would need millions more teachers, nurses, and doctors and a whole host of other workers just to supply their basic needs. Also new household formation would be running 30% higher, which would translate to an increase in demand for housing and everything that goes with it. Both Wall Street and Main Street would be buzzing with activity. Just to give you a small slice of the picture, US-based consumers bought the most shoes per capita in 2013, according to a report by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Each individual (children are included) bought 7 ½ pairs of shoes. If we scale this back a bit and go with an estimate that the average American buys 5 pairs of shoes every year. 60 million people who will never buy these shoes equals 300,000,000 pairs of shoes in one year that will never be bought or worn. Now let’s consider that apparel and footwear contributed a record $361 billion to the US economy in 2013, a bigger contribution than new cars, alcohol, toys, or practically any other industry. The reality is that businesses would be booming all across America. Part of the economic slump is tied not only to our pro-abortion policies but also that of China. The fact is that China has lost 400 million people to abortion, they too are seeing a marked slowdown in their economy. What’s happening in China compounds what is happening here. Not only has abortion adversely affected the economy but research also suggests that abortion is fast becoming a major national security issue, and not just a matter of personal and public morality. While most politicians and pundits are avoid the topic of abortion, for fear of upsetting someone because we cater more to political correctness that we do to people, it is our abortion policies that now threaten our nations very survival. We talk about the economy and national security in terms of how we can be fixed, but if we never recognize or admit what is creating and driving the problem how are we ever going to fix it? I think it’s time for us to deal with the real devil, our problem is not a money one but a moral one. You can’t diminish the value of one category of human life, the unborn, without diminishing the value of all human life. As Mother Teresa so aptly said: “America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has shown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts a child as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” It’s time for us to face the facts, our money mess is the result of our moral mess. There are consequences to choice, and when you chose selfishness, personal convenience and death you will reap destruction. Why have we gone from prosperity to poverty, because as Mother Teresa once said “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you live as you wish, any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”

 

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