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Be Fruitful or Plan Your Family?

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Here’s a great story for your next trip to the water cooler at work.

A story out of Tokyo reports that tech-giant Canon is asking their employees to cut out of work early in an effort to spur the economy.  What are they doing when they leave work?  Working a second job?  Laboring for the government?  Nope.  CNN reports:

In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies.

Japan is in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country’s low birthrate.

. . . 

Analysts say the world’s second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say.

. . . 

The 5:30 p.m. lights-out program is one simple step toward helping address the population problem. It also has an added benefit: Amid the global economic downturn the company can slash overtime across the board twice a week.

I guess that whole thing in Genesis about, “be fruitful and multiply” was not just a theological suggestion, but an economic prophecy.  Add Canon to the short list of companies encouraging procreation over long work hours.

Now compare that to the remarks made by Nancy Pelosi over the weekend.  There, she makes no apology for spending millions on family planning services (read=abortions) in an effort to spur on the national economy.  One of these countries is wrong, and I’m guessing it is not the one listed as the 10th most populated country.  They get the simple notion that children are a good thing.  Good for families and good for the economy.  

Or, as Scripture has put it, children are, “a gift from the Lord.”  

Ms. Pelosi, if you truly hope to stimulate the economy, perhaps you should be encouraging strong families – not adding more Federal funding for policies that will drive our economy into an unsupportable mess.

UPDATE:  It appears that Ms. Pelosi may have thought better of her family planning measure.  Although, still no apology for trying to fund abortion in an economic downturn.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

January 27, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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