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comment by kleinbl00
kleinbl00  ·  630 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Great Fertility Reversion

The problem comes when you insist that your kids don't need the workplace protections and quality-of-life assurances that allowed your parents to have four kids on a single machinist's salary.

Giving birth to one (1) upper-middle-class white kid cost us $70k in savings. Raising her is about $20k a year excluding food and shelter. That's 5 horses worth. I know rich people, but I don't know anyone with five horses. My dad's private plane cost less than that, and costs less than that to fly.

When "having a kid" is around the same financial impact as "racing Porsches" there will be far fewer kids, and when you're dependent on those kids' taxes paying for your dotage you're gonna be fucked.