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Apres Pelosi, le déluge

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jul 21, 2010

While Phil's on vacation, we're reprinting some of his most telling older pieces. In this post from January 28, 2009, he nailed a critical flaw in the current U.S. government's approach to socio-economic health, and did so in under 100 words.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has revived the Malthusian argument that people—specifically children—are a burden on the economy. 

It's true that children are a financial burden: primarily on their parents, but even on society at large. But then a funny thing happens. The children grow up. They become productive citizens. They care for their aging parents. And—are you paying attention, Madam Speaker?—they pay taxes.

If I were spending trillions of dollars that I don't have, I'd want to be sure that someone was going to be around to pay the debts.   

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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