- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 31, 2009


In her column “Making it pay to have children” (Culture, Tuesday), Cheryl Wetzstein says that “the average American is expected to generate $2.7 million in economic gain over the course of his or her existence.”

Who gains the gain?

More people mean more customers and more job applicants. By the law of supply and demand, this means higher prices, lower wages and consequently higher profits. If you get your income from interest, rents and dividends, you benefit from a rising population. If you work for a living, you pay the price. So does the ecology. For most of us, more means less.


Wilmington, Del.

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