The Wall Street Journal is running an interesting piece on the problems facing China’s surplus of young bachelors. The background is that 30 years of the “one child policy” coupled with Chinese “son preference” has yielded “a surplus of 32 million males under the age of 20” by the most recent count. These men are now reaching a marriageable age and, lo and behold, there simply aren’t enough women to go around as brides.
The result is that “bride prices” are increasing dramatically. To compensate, the article notes, “A study by Columbia University economist Shang-Jin Wei found that some areas in China with a high proportion of males have an above-average savings rate, even after accounting for factors such as education levels, income and life-expectancy rates. Areas with more men than women, the study notes, also have low spending rates — suggesting that many rural Chinese may be saving up for bride prices.” Unsurprisingly, these increasingly lucrative bride prices are causing increasingly common bride graft by means of “runaway brides” pocketing the money and leaving their new husbands.
This is just the beginning of the myriad problems China will face in the coming generation due to its one-child policy and the resulting sex imbalance. For more, see my article on the subject some years ago.
Veterans of the pro-life movement will remember Joe Barrett. No, they will find it impossible to forget Joe Barrett. Barrett, who died last week at 71, was described as a stormy petrel. That’s too pale, too pastel. Try screaming eagle. He was forever urging us to fight. He liked to compare politics to a barroom brawl: “Just walk in, throw the first punch, and see who lines up on your side.”
Joe had some unfortunate prejudices. He didn’t like Protestants, Republicans, or Yankees. William Allen White was all three of those things. White was a Kansas editor who wrote about FDR the day he died: “We who hate your gaudy guts salute you.”
I never hated Joe’s gaudy guts. But he was nothing if not gaudy and gutsy. Joe loved marching into Paul Weyrich’s weekly meetings on Capitol Hill-especially if someone from the Bush White House was there, or perhaps a congressional GOP leader. He would start off a blast: “The trouble with you Republicans…”
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen square massacre in Beijing. When BBC reporter James Reynolds tried to enter the square to cover any memorials that might be taking place, he was met with resistance and a bizarre display of what can only be described as umbrella censorship:
The earpiece-umbrella guys are indeed weird, but it’s a sign of the times that apparatchiki would be wearing shorts and alien T-shirts.
President Obama took a lot of political heat from the Clintons last year for saying that Ronald Reagan was a “transformational president.” He was saying to liberal activists: I will be your Reagan. In terms of his formidable communications skills, his self confidence, his dazzling smile, his buoyant optimism, there is certainly much in Obama’s style compare with Reagan. As we today dedicate a statue of President Reagan in the Capitol Rotunda, however, Obama continues his apology tour. Nothing in his core message could be more Un-Reagan. Obama’s in Saudi Arabia now. Tomorrow, he’s slated to speak in Egypt. Having said America is not a Christian nation, he tells the world the U.S. is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” He should have checked with his own appointee, Leon Panetta, at the CIA. If you take the latest extensive survey of religious identification, Muslims may be as few as 0.6% of Americans*. This could put more than fifty nations ahead of the U.S. in terms of Muslim population.
Reagan never apologized for America. Reagan did embrace the Russian people, and millions of others living in captivity behind the Iron Curtain. But he had no hesitation in calling the Soviet regime “an evil empire.” Reagan stood for human rights and religious liberty. First and foremost, Reagan sought to free Americans from a government that taxes too much and spends too much. Even his harshest liberal critics-and all liberals were his critics-admitted that Ronald Reagan was a Great Communicator. But there was more to him. Reagan communicated powerfully because he believed in timeless American principles. It’s not clear that Obama understands his own country, much less captive peoples around the world.
UPDATE/CORRECTION (6/4): This post originally cited press reports of six million Muslims in the U.S. But the American Religious Identification Survey (March 2009) published by Trinity College found 1,349,000 Muslims in the U.S. (0.6%)
On Monday in an interview with French journalist, Laura Haim, President Obama spoke about the purpose for his trip to the Middle East. During the interview, which you can read on the White House website, the President stated the following:
…I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.
In April, on his trip to Turkey, President Obama said, “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation…”
So, according to President Obama we are not a Christian nation, but we are one of the largest Muslim countries in the world?
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales thinks you should curb your lifestyle. Britons, Europeans, Americans, according to the latest internet video message from this eminent royal personage, are endangering the planet with our penchant for high living.
It’s not just our caviar, our pate de foie gras, our champagne and oysters, not just our castles and hunting preserves, not just our private yachts and private jets, nor even our stables of race horses—it’s us. There are simply too many of us. And, worse, we persist in having more of us. Children. Horrors!
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales thinks you should think twice about how your very being is threatening the Amazon Rain Forest and bringing about “climate change.” (Climate change is the latest evolution in the thinking of the right thinking elites about what they don’t like about us.) It used to be called Global Warming. But that’s so nineties, when it was actually warming. When too many reputable scientists raised their minority voices about warming, they sure felt the heat. Now, it’s always Climate Change. If you don’t think the climate is changing, just step outside, you denier.
In the latest Mapping America, the National Survey of Children’s Health shows that children from intact families who worship at least monthly are less likely to have their school report behavior problems to their parents than are children who live in non-intact households and worship less than monthly.