Gloria Goodale at the Christian Science Monitor asked a 28 year old married woman what was holding her back on starting a family? Why it’s $164,000 in debt! She can’t afford to have kids because she can’t afford to feed them. And forget about ever paying for her kids’ college education.
The falling birth rate is a big worry for many societies and this looks like it’s going to hit the US hard. While Europe still funds many degrees, the US piles the weight on the back of their smartest. Then the really smart ones go to grad school and get even more debt. Whoo hoo! The smartest, most capable people can’t afford to raise a family.
That seems like a route to societal collapse to me.
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