People as producers, part 2

In his most recent column, Ross Douthat explored the ongoing decline of the liberal mainline churches. In it, he included a paragraph that relate to the issue I noted about earlier: are people producers or simply consumers?

Both religious and secular liberals have been loath to recognize this crisis. Leaders of liberal churches have alternated between a Monty Python-esque “it’s just a flesh wound!” bravado and a weird self-righteousness about their looming extinction. (In a 2005 interview, the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop explained that her communion’s members valued “the stewardship of the earth” too highly to reproduce themselves.)

You can see a different reasoning for not having children here in the Obama campaign’s “Life of Julia,” which explains how Obama’s programs make a fictional woman’s life better at every stage. At age 27:

Under President Obama: For the past four years, Julia has worked full-time as a web designer. Thanks to Obamacare, her health insurance is required to cover birth control and preventive care, letting Julia focus on her work rather than worry about her health.

Under Mitt Romney: Romney supports the Blunt Amendment—which would place Julia’s health care decisions in the hands of her employer—and repealing health care reform so insurance companies could go back to charging women 50% more than men.

As is easily seen and others have pointed out, when she does decide to have a child at age 31, there’s no man in sight.

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