My dear sister in Christ, Nancy Pelosi, made a comment yesterday that no doubt you heard: contraception is good for the economy because less kids means more money to go around. Today at our staff meeting, I heard another interesting comment: our parish school is “beating the bushes” for enrollment because there just aren’t enough kids around to enroll. Since the health of the school and the health of the parish are intimately linked, it’s trouble on the horizon for all of us. Tough times are a’comin’ to my corner of the world, and it is in part due to a marked lack of children.
Now, I’m no economist, but it seems to me that an increased demand for goods and services provides a need for someone to provide those goods and services. Said provider, if I understand correctly, gets compensated for this and results in what we call a “job”. How, then, could children not be considered to be good for the economy? Do we not need to buy things for baby? Do our grandparents, neighbors, friends, coworkers, etc, not also buy things for baby? Do we not need to educate this child? Feed him? Does not this child, when grown to adulthood, get taxed for something called “Social Security”? Does he not, with his siblings, bear the responsibility for the care of the humans who brought him into existence (so that the state does not have to)? Even sick babies like mine were responsible in part for keeping a whole host of people from parking lot attendants to pediatric intensive care specialists employed. Babies even come with an 18-year rebate: a tax deduction. They are like little bundles of stimuli dropped by Mr. Stork.
Now, I really hope that people like Mrs. Pelosi are buying into the materialist lie that in order to properly parent a child, you must indulge him in the total excess recommended by our culture. In that case, I could almost see her point. If another child dictated a larger house, a whole new set of clothes and toys, and 10 more sets of lessons, etc, then perhaps another would be too expensive. Of course, there are also legitimate circumstances in which a family simply cannot support another child and should attempt to postpone pregnancy. But let’s not pretend that limiting our family sizes is somehow patriotic. I say that I hope Pelosi believes the materialist lie because if that is not her motivation, I can think of only one other. What type of organization directly benefits from “limiting family size” through drugs or surgery? Who is it that would get my tax dollars (assuming I still have a job) in the event of some kind of contraceptive stimulus package? Yikes.
From the Cross Jesus shouted, “forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do”. Let’s hope that this is true for those who are actively promoting Mrs. Pelosi’s agenda. And even if it is not, let’s pray for hearts like Christ’s, willing to offer ourselves in love for those who hate us.