Posted By Robert Howe
If what I say is technically correct, then it is correct. On to the next point...Les Chambers said:
I am sure what you write is technically correct Doctor. However, the consensus IS that US IMR are climbing in comparison with other developed nations.
The same is true with life-spans. In the US the average (M/F) lifespan is 78 yrs. This is lower than Germany (79), Greece (79.4), Norway (79.7) UK (78.7) and France (79.7)
Are these differences statistically significant? Are they predicted using the same methods and data analysis, by the same demographers? Do they tell us that Germany, Greece and France are better countries in which to live, or do they tell us that a more homogenous population lives longer? Perhaps not counting those 22 week premature fetuses who had a life span of 7 hours plays a role in these numbers...
The EU also lacks the rampant drug addiction rates and the problems they cause AND it lacks the large segments of population that you suggest should not be counted because they have been marginalized out of the system by welfare.
Here we agree. The people who "have been marginalized out of the system by welfare" have been so marginalized by their removal from the free economy, from the need to be responsible for oneself and to look after one's family. Our welfare system has long encouraged men to leave their pregnant lovers, thus ensuring a steady stream of young, single women raising children without adequate family help. I see women of all races coming in pregnant or for help with fertility, single, no means of support, expecting to live happily ever after on a welfare check. What a sham. The government makes a terrrrible set of parents.
I'm a single parent too, with deep respect for single moms of limited means. Fortunately, I have education to spare and a hell of a work ethic, which I am delighted to see in all of my children. It is very unlikely that any of my kids will end up smoking crack.
They are, so there is no need for further argument.Regarding education levels, again your figures may be correct,
Thanks, Les, for buttressing my arguments. I won't be visiting this topic again, it's too remote from astronomy. But I always get annoyed by the misleading infant mortality data, so I felt compelled to write this book.