Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Turning Out The Vote

The Wall Street Journal offers another of their articles on the intersection of politics and fertility (available to non-subscribers).

Simply put, liberals have a big baby problem: They're not having enough of them, they haven't for a long time, and their pool of potential new voters is suffering as a result. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, if you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, you would find that they had, between them, 147 children. If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That's a "fertility gap" of 41%. Given that about 80% of people with an identifiable party preference grow up to vote the same way as their parents, this gap translates into lots more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections. Over the past 30 years this gap has not been below 20%--explaining, to a large extent, the current ineffectiveness of liberal youth voter campaigns today....

The fertility gap doesn't budge when we correct for factors like age, income, education, sex, race--or even religion. Indeed, if a conservative and a liberal are identical in all these ways, the liberal will still be 19 percentage points more likely to be childless than the conservative. Some believe the gap reflects an authentic cultural difference between left and right in America today. As one liberal columnist in a major paper graphically put it, "Maybe the scales are tipping to the neoconservative, homogenous right in our culture simply because they tend not to give much of a damn for the ramifications of wanton breeding and environmental destruction and pious sanctimony, whereas those on the left actually seem to give a whit for the health of the planet and the dire effects of overpopulation." It would appear liberals have been quite successful controlling overpopulation--in the Democratic Party.

Damn that wanton breeding...

7 comments:

barbfromcincy said...

Hehehe...I love it..
A blessed day to you.

Jay Anderson said...

It's not fair! We need a "fairness doctrine" when it comes to procreation.

Perhaps when Hillary! is elected, she can institute a "1-child" policy. After all, if 1 child was good enough for Billary, it's good enough for the rest of us.

Fidei Defensor said...

Hillary felt it takes a village to raise a child, part of a one child per village philosophy?

CMinor said...

Well, don't go encouraging them!
Let's hear it for wanton conservative breeding.

David L Alexander said...

I'm betting that "wanton breeding" will look a lot better to some of these aging hippies in about ten or twenty years, when there aren't enough younger health care workers to roll their wheelchairs around for them, or bathe them, or feed them, or change their diapers...

Rick Lugari said...

Just remember that the libs are still in control of the education system and MSM. We can out-[re]produce them all we want, but if we're not vigilant they will continue to corrupt our children. For every child they "recruit" they move up two points. I guess what I'm saying is that I think it imprudent to bank on better days in this regard.

PB said...

My coworker is proof positive that the liberal education "recruitment" system works. Damn that public school system and her spineless conservative parents!