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I am childless for a variety of reasons but I usually tell people that instead of having children I got a graduate degree. I've lived with the judgment of a society that believes that childlessness is abnormal and am grateful that you are hosting this discussion.
I grew up when Zero Population Growth was a serious movement, but obviously that wasn't a lasting idea. However, it left me cringing every time I see a family with 3, 4, 5 or more children. Not having children is the best thing an individual can do have the smallest possible environmental footprint. That's why I've developed a proposal for a change in our tax structure. Currently, parents get a $1000 tax deduction for each child. Acknowledging the need to maintain a viable workforce I would suggest that "replacement children", i.e. 1 child per adult, would be tax neutral. A couple with 2 children would not pay extra for their kids. Adults who produce more than their replacement child would be taxed $1000 per child. Those of us without children would receive the tax deduction, perhaps $1000 per year. Initially, it would increase our tax revenues until people stop having extra kids-this could pay for health care for all those kids. Either way, I would no longer be subsidizing other people's over-reproduction.
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