Friday, March 09, 2007

We don't have a person deficit, we have an idiot surplus.

From Political Insider, the latest crazy from Zell Miller:

"How could this great land of plenty produce too few people in the last 30 years? Here is the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We're too few because too many of our babies have been killed," Miller said.

"Over 45 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973. If those 45 million children had lived, today they would be defending our country, they would be filling our jobs, they would be paying into Social Security," the former Georgia governor said.

So, if abortion were a crime, not only would the government force women to bear children, but the government would force women to bear children so those children can grow up to be unskilled laborers, cannon fodder, or both. Cheery.

Here's "the brutal truth," Zell: legal abortion allowed tens of millions of Americans to defer parenthood until they were ready to become parents. Because of legal abortion, they were able to complete high school, or college; they were able to work, to save, and to establish homes; and they were able to build a better life for themselves and, ultimately, their children. Their lives are better, their children's lives are better, and America is better for them.

And America would be even better if its leaders were to show similar forethought: they would discover that 300 million Americans are more than sufficient to make peace, sustain our economy, and care for our elders, all without criminal abortion and the evil that flows from it.