Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Increasing Abortion Numbers

Prairie Angel points out an article in the Houston Chronicle that discusses the fact that abortion numbers were falling through the 90's, but started increasing when Bush was elected. Well, as Pres. Bartlett would say, "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc".

I don't really think that Bush is personally to blame for this phenomenon. His tax policies might be indirectly to blame for the length of the employment dearth. Transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy is not generally a good thing. But the real culprits are probably 1) the burst of the bubble and 2) the strange behavior of 19 misguided Arab boys.

The US economy is massive and productive, but we were probably hit at the most vulnerable spot in the country, from an economic point of view, and at the most vulnerable point in the business cycle. This was more than blowing up the barn. It was more like giving the farmer a stroke. The business acumen that was lost, the business habits of generations, the nodes of important human networks, the expensive introduction of fear and tentativeness into business procedures, all add up to a sizeable dent in the GNP.

I suppose those boys would be happy to know that they are still killing Americans.

6/1/2005 11:19 PM

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