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Government Gymboree? Populations Spurred On by the State

Feeling lonely, Europe? Two European nations are tackling the problem of declining populations very differently. In France, they now have the second highest birth rate in Europe (after Ireland) and some argue that tempting government subsidies may have helped. France offers generous maternity and paternity packages allowing a mother of a third kiddie to take a year off of work, with pay. Not to mention the perks of subsidized first class rail travel, holiday vouchers and financial help with childcare should you wish to turn down free state care facilities. It is estimated that the government supported baby boom has secured France’s population until 2050. To see what's happening in Spain, and even more creative Singapore,

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In Spain, where the government is not interested in funding their birth rate (spending 0.7% on family subsidies – the lowest in Europe) they are turning to another form of population growth: immigration. In 2005, the socialist government introduced an amnesty for illegal immigrants so long as they could prove their participation in the national workforce for two years. Some 700,000 migrants were immediately made Spanish citizens, which both bolstered their population and helped create one of the continent's most flourishing economies.

Maybe France and Spain should take a fun lesson from Singapore. Their government sponsors a class taught at the college level called “Love Relations for Life: A Journey of Romance, Love and Sexuality.” The aim is to get smart citizens to meet, mate, and multiply — giving the population a state-sponsored semi-educational match.com-style boost.

Which method of population enhancement do you prefer? Is the world hurting for more people? Do governments need to pad their enrollments like this?

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Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
None of them. I didn't work so that my money could be taken by the government to pay for someone to stay home all day or for the government to hand out all the subsidies. BUT better than that, I'm not willing to live as the French do (I have a cousin over there). I prefer good ol' USofA freedoms and rights, thank you.Spain will end up in the hands of the Moors again and you all know how that ended.Singapore's idea isn't a bad one, but whose going to tell all the cohabiting couples? And just because two smart people meet and marry does not guarantee that their children will be as smart or smarter than they. I know highly successful and intelligent people who have Down Syndrome children. And some barely graduated High School parents whose children got full scholarships to college.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
None of them. I didn't work so that my money could be taken by the government to pay for someone to stay home all day or for the government to hand out all the subsidies. BUT better than that, I'm not willing to live as the French do (I have a cousin over there). I prefer good ol' USofA freedoms and rights, thank you. Spain will end up in the hands of the Moors again and you all know how that ended. Singapore's idea isn't a bad one, but whose going to tell all the cohabiting couples? And just because two smart people meet and marry does not guarantee that their children will be as smart or smarter than they. I know highly successful and intelligent people who have Down Syndrome children. And some barely graduated High School parents whose children got full scholarships to college.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well the bottom line is a country needs to mantain a certian population to survive. I prefer the amnesty and collegial approach myself.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 7 years
are you talkin about a quote for Lucy?
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Hmmm that is a tough choice.
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Hmmm that is a tough choice.
syako syako 7 years
or this one...At the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there's more to life than just being really, really, really good looking.
syako syako 7 years
or this one... At the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, we teach you that there's more to life than just being really, really, really good looking.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 7 years
Thanks Sy! I may have to adopt that Zoolander quote for Lucy! "I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."
KrisSugar KrisSugar 7 years
Thanks Sy! I may have to adopt that Zoolander quote for Lucy! "I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."
syako syako 7 years
How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read... if they can't even fit inside the building?
syako syako 7 years
cine you should have one about the center for kids who don't read good or whatever, let me find it...
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
We can share Cine. It'll be like communism, so we'll both have an equal part and both be pissed we didn't get it first!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
party foul, ha ha, i havent heard that term in a while!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Cabaker, that is the one I wanted. Oh well.Hopefully my federal loans will be paid off through charity work, then I will just have my private loans, which are the hard ones. Booo!!!!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Cabaker, that is the one I wanted. Oh well. Hopefully my federal loans will be paid off through charity work, then I will just have my private loans, which are the hard ones. Booo!!!!
syako syako 7 years
party foul cab.
syako syako 7 years
party foul cab.
syako syako 7 years
Lucy looks great reading her training books with glasses, btw!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
ooh my bad "I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."
syako syako 7 years
good one.
syako syako 7 years
good one.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
my zoolander quote is "i think there may be more to life than being really, really, really good looking... and i plan on finding out what that is"
syako syako 7 years
you know in my state (la.) we get our tuition paid by the state government (if you meet the requirements). So I owe nothing in terms of student loan debt. Thank you Louisiana! :notworthy:
KrisSugar KrisSugar 7 years
oh her page got flagged. maybe it will show up in a minute. or you can find it on my KrisSugar page.
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