Be patriotic – have a baby, and get an SUV for your trouble

With the Russian birthrate far below the level needed to sustain the country’s population, the central Russian province of Ulyanovsk celebrated Russian Independence Day on June 12 by giving TVs, refrigerators, jeeps and even new houses as prizes for women giving birth on that day. Nine months earlier, Sept. 12, had been declared the Day of Conception in hopes of an Independence Day baby boom. The plan seems to be working, as births in the region were up, as reported on the First Things blog and an MSNBC story, among others.

Here in the U.S., where people are getting rid of their SUVs because they can’t afford to fill the tank, maybe a year’s supply of gasoline would be a better incentive. Oh wait, I forgot, we Americans aren’t supposed to have babies because they’re bad for the environment. Maybe Berkeley or Santa Monica or Santa Fe will declare October 4 the Day of Non-Conception and offer hybrid electric mini-cars to women who don’t give birth next July 4.

Comments 3

  1. cathleen wrote:

    That is a great idea! I hope they do it so I have a shot at getting an electric car.

    Posted 13 Jun 2008 at 1:28 pm
  2. Martha Brozyna wrote:

    How insane have we in the West become!(And I’m including Europeans who have a falling birthrate). The desire to have children is one of the strongest instincts that human beings have. It’s right up there with the need for food, shelter, and social interaction — all necessities for our survival. Yet a handful of kooks are trying to brainwash the rest of society into believing that having children is somehow evil and selfish. No other living thing behaves so irrationally, so unnaturally, and so contrary to its self-interest. Even the single-celled amoeba reproduces itself.

    People should be incentivized to have children and, even more importantly, to raise them to be decent, productive members of society. After all, such parents are providing an incredibly valuable service — they are creating future tax payers and a future workforce. Somebody has to pay for social security and Medicare. How do these rabid, anti-child environmentalists think they will survive in their dotage if we all just decide to stop having children? And I’m not just talking about money for social security, although that’s part of it, but I’m also talking about future caretakers, various suppliers, etc. No children means no future doctors, nurses, hospital staff, farmers, supermarket workers, truck drivers who bring the food to the supermarkets, and I can go on.

    No man is an island unto himself.

    Posted 13 Jun 2008 at 2:03 pm
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