Magazine April 5, 2021, Issue

For the Children

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Conservative policy-makers turn their attention to declining fertility rates

If there were an “American Conservatism 101” course, it would have a heading in the syllabus: “Subsidize something, and you get more of it.” In the 20th century, modern states started subsidizing old age. In the United States that includes Social Security and a number of tax incentives meant to create and redirect income to the elderly. The most appalling forms of elder poverty have been largely eliminated by direct cash payments, federal intervention in health care, and induced savings and retirement accounts. This has produced a generation in old age — the Boomers, who control over half of the

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