On the heels of the U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement that the birth rate fell for the eighth straight year and is now at its lowest level in American history, the longtime toy franchise, Toys “R” Us, are closing their 800 stores.
Coincidence? Not a chance.
Claiming to be victims of the two-punch combination of the online merchandizing Amazon jungle and of big box retailers’ like Walmart and Target; the folks at Toys “R” Us saw their bottom line shrink congruent with the prevailing birth rate.
What was seemingly dismissed by the media was that Toys “R” Us readily admitted that there just aren’t enough babies being born. “Most of our customers are newborns and children and as a result, our revenues are dependent on the birth rates in the countries where we operate,” stated the press-release.
The birth rate decline is not just happening in the U.S., as there has been a noticeable drop in all developed countries across the globe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the nation’s Total Fertility Rate (TFR), which is the average number of children produced by an American woman during her lifetime, is 1.84. It is estimated that a rate of 2.08 is necessary to maintain a given population.
To put things in perspective, America’s TFR in 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, was 2.50. Such a malevolent phenomenon has left retailers of toys and baby supplies out in the cold. However, they do own a portion of the blame by being a longtime benefactor to Planned Parenthood that on average aborts 300,000 potential customers a year.
Since Roe v. Wade, there have been over 60 million abortions. Provided these children survived, and had children of their own, not only would our nation’s population and economy be stronger, but Toys “R” Us would still be relevant.
Imagine, a toy franchise’s business model that depends on children; yet, they support an organization that is the nation’s leading abortion provider.
Last month, Congress appropriated $600 million of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, whose business has nothing to do with parenthood, but instead will play a major role in aborting the next generation of Americans. Last year, private corporations donated an additional $530 million.
An economic truism that is too often ignored is that systematic growth is directly tied into a growing population. The Census Bureau also declared that by 2035, senior citizens will outnumber children for the first time in history.
For the consequences of long-term population decline all one has to do is look at Japan. Since 2010, Japan has shrunk by over 1 million. Their financial obligations will only grow to provide for older family members and sustain their entitlement system. Meanwhile, The Irish Times stated, “European civilization is dying because birth rates in all of Europe’s countries are now below replacement rates, and all indigenous populations are in decline.”
One of the many reasons Western civilization is in jeopardy is because developed countries are no longer having children to keep up with the replacement rate. Below replacement rate fertility produces an aging population, which puts an uncompromising strain on various government services like fixed pensions, Social Security, and Medicare.
This, in turn, will oblige people to work longer and later in life to support an aging society dependent on their labor and especially their tax dollars. Moreover, there will be more Americans growing old alone, growing old without children and family to care for them, physically, emotionally and financially.
Toys “R” Us felt the demographic sting long before the rest of the economy submerges from the ripple effects of a declining birthrate. The fewer young workers a nation has to pay for benefits for the elderly, the steeper the cost becomes for the whole country — no exceptions.
As the canon of Western civilization, the Bible, teaches us that children are really a blessing and when society fails to recognize the need to be fruitful and multiply, life becomes even more challenging.
If you combine child-free lifestyles with society’s support for abortion, we will grieve more than the loss of a toy franchise.
It may be too late for Toys “R” Us, but it isn’t for the rest of Western society.
However, time grows short.