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This is another result of the ever declining birth rate. Not enough young workers to support a growing elderly population. So what will governments resort to? One is raising retirement age levels, so older people still work. Another is euthanasia. Just get rid of the older people. Whatever it is, the demographic crisis is already here. Expect catastrophic social, political and economic consequences.

The thing is, if the First World nations want to commit national suicide, why are they forcing us poorer nations to join them? They just cannot get rid of their colonial, oppressive and unjust ways. But more than that, it is Satan at work. Unfortunately many people and nations are right there assisting him.

The Philippines is the final battleground. Resist the anti-life and anti-family forces converging on our land, pushing reproductive health and valueless sex education. Reject the contraceptive mentality. Continue to have large families. Work hard to renew the family and defend life.

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European Countries Pushing Retirement Age Ever Higher

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

COLOGNE, August 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The chief economist with the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), a German conservative economic think tank, said that low birth rates and growing life expectancy will lead to requiring citizens to work until they are 70 before they can qualify for pensions.

Michael Huether told the German daily newspaper Rheinische Post on Wednesday that current plans to raise the retirement age to 67 might not go far enough to alleviate the growing demographic crisis of falling birth rates and aging populations.

“When we look at rising life expectancy and declining birth rates in Germany, a retirement age of 70 must be considered,” said Huether.

“We should not stop raising the pension in 2029, but instead continue with it afterwards.”

In 2007, the German government decided to increase the legal retirement age from 65 to 67 incrementally from 2012 through 2029.

Deutsche Welle reported that the political lobby group Sozialverband Deutschland (SoVD) condemned Huether’s idea as “summer madness” and that a rise in the pension age from 65 would be an “effective pension cut.”

Similarly, France has undertaken controversial legislation to change the French pension system and raise the retirement age to 62 from 60.

French Labor Minister Eric Woerth presented the bill to the cabinet in mid-June and then delivered it to the National Assembly. Voting is expected to take place in September.

AFP reported that the draft law is unpopular and that unions are determined to oppose the pension reform plan.

“The risk of social unrest after the summer holidays has not been dissipated,” said Dominique Barbet, a BNP Paribas analyst, according to AFP.

Social upheaval and economic decline as the result of shrinking and aging populations have been explored by researchers and exposed in documentaries, notably “Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family” and its sequel “Demographic Bomb: demography is destiny.”

The phrase “demographic winter” refers to the contemporary phenomenon of a worldwide rapid decline in birthrates. The documentaries make a forceful case that the loss of millions due to population control efforts has meant an irreplaceable loss of millions of producers and consumers who otherwise would be participating and supporting today’s global economy.

“‘Demographic Winter’ predicted the financial crash of 2008 to within 12 months. ‘Demographic Bomb’ reveals how this is just the beginning,” warned McLerran.

“We are headed toward a demographic winter which threatens to have catastrophic social and economic consequences,” said the filmmaker. “The effects will be severe and long lasting and are already becoming manifest in much of Europe.”

In fact, a report released in 2008 by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical service, showed that by 2015, the number of deaths in Europe will have outstripped the number of births. By 2060, the ratio of people of working age to those over age 65 will be two to one.

The report showed that the growth momentum of Europe’s 27 member states will continue to carry it until 2035; after this the population will begin to decline drastically from a predicted 521 million to 506 million by 2060.

Population decline is by no means endemic to Europe, as most “developed” countries have birth rates far below replacement levels.

The Demography Division of Statistics Canada released a report in May that predicted that the number of seniors will surpass the number of children aged 14 or under in Canada for the first time ever sometime between 2015 and 2021.

The StatsCan population projections for 2009 to 2036 say that Canada’s population will age rapidly until 2031, by which time the entire baby boom generation will have turned 65.

See related LSN articles: 
New Documentary Exposes Link Between Failing Global Economy and Demographic Winter 
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jun/09063011.html

New Stats: Europe Facing Demographic Winter, Growing Political, Economic Tensions 
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/aug/08082906.html

Germany Faces Economic Downturn with Plummeting Birth Rate and Aging Population 
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/nov/09112010.html 

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