Viva Viagra

September 17, 2009 at 11:21 am 16 comments


 
During the middle of the last century, overpopulation was the rage. Governments, especially in developing countries were alarmed. As a result, policies and incentives were put in place to curb the trend. One of them was to enforce a one-child policy as in China. The other was the introduction of more effective birth control drugs. Still another was spreading the idea that sex wasn’t only meant for breeding but also as a form of recreation to be enjoyed by consenting adults.

It appears that the times have turned. A rapidly aging population followed by decreasing birthrates is threatening the status quo. When there aren’t enough births to replace the dying, the consequences can be devastating. There wouldn’t be enough young people to keep the wheels of the socio-economic system going. Questions arise. When the current workforce retires, who would replace them? Who would continue to fund social security and other social services? Who would pay the tax for future wars?

Governments have started to address the issue by providing incentives to quicken the process of making babies. As reported by various news media:

In China, the one-child rule has been relaxed, giving couples more freedom to reproduce.

In Japan, the government has announced a number of incentive schemes intended to offer more child-care facilities and other benefits for working mothers.

In Sweden, working couples with children are given cash payments, tax incentives, and job leaves combined with flexibility to work part time for as long as eight years after a child’s birth.

In Russia, incentives are given, such as, cash grants on the birth of a second child, extended maternity leave benefits and a graded scale of day-care subsidies for women with more children.

In the U.S., the current population debacle hasn’t gone unnoticed. Not to be outdone, our politicians have been proposing a quick fix by granting amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants. As President Barack Obama said:

“We are not going to ship back 12 million people, we’re not going to do it as a practical matter. We would have to take all our law enforcement that we have available and we would have to use it and put people on buses, and rip families apart, and that’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about. So what I’ve proposed… is you say we’re going to bring these folks out of the shadows. We’re going to make them pay a fine, they are going to have to learn English, they are going to have to go to the back of the line… but they will have a pathway to citizenship over the course of 10 years.”

What a splendid idea. By granting them citizenship status, they can petition for their relatives, thereby increasing the U.S. population by at least 40 million more.

But, I think, the best idea is to solicit the aging population for support. It’s only fair since their numbers are outpacing the younger generation and science has extended their child-bearing over age 65. As a case in point, Omkari Panwar, 70, is considered the world’s oldest woman to give birth by bringing to the world a twin boy and girl last year.

Viagra and similar male erection-enhancing drugs can certainly help. They will allow elderly couples to rediscover sex and encourage them to produce more children. When little mikey can become stiff like a flagpole again, not even flag-waving conservatives can resist the urge.

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  • 1. J.Kulisap  |  September 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Sa Pilipinas, naku parang langgam lamang kung magpadami ng anak.

    Kalilibog natin.

    Mga edukado at sensitibo sa kalagayan ng lipunan lamang ang nagpipigil o nagkokontrol sa pagpapadami ng lahi.

    Baka pwede na nating ilagay sa legal na proseso- pag-angkat ng mga bata sa bansang nagdarahop sa populasyon.

    Hindi kailangan ng Pinoy ang viagra, maraming pampa L sa tabitabi.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  September 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm

      j.kulisap:

      tama ka, kapatid. di natin kailangan ang drogang ito. siguro nasa kinakain natin. siguro nasa ating natural na disposisyon. pero pag tumawag ang kalikasan, di sya nabibigo. ang kapinoyan natin ay laging tumatayo.

      Reply
      • 3. J.Kulisap  |  September 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

        Siguro dahil laging labas ang “ulo” natin.

        Kaunting kaskas lang, tarannn.

        Isang respetadong bahagi ng lipunan ang simbahan ngunit minsan wala sila sa katwiran.

        Nakakagulo ang gusto nila, minsan naiisip ko tuloy kong may pansariling hangarin din o talaga lamang bumababa ang paniniwala ko sa kanilang paniniwala.

        Unawain po ako.

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        • 4. plaridel  |  September 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

          j.kulisap:

          mali ang kaparian sa pagkontra sa rh bill. dapat silang suwayin. in a hundred of years from now, they will be proven wrong as they were when they declared as a fact that the earth was flat.

          Reply
  • 5. Den Relojo  |  September 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

    We’re overpopulated with the wrong kinds of people. RH Bill should really be pushed. We need a break on making babies. From a personal standpoint, I believe that Viagra and similar male erection-enhancing drugs could be a bane, instead of a boon, in a country that is slowly taking the place of China and India as the world’s most populated country.

    As the election drwas nearer, this, and other pressing problems should be discussed. People should be mature enough to vote based on what a candidate can do instead of his/her gimmicks during the campaign time.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  September 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm

      dan:

      if a rice-producing country like the philippines has to import rice to feed its population, it could only mean that the current birth rate is outpacing the food supply. something must be done about it. as natural family planning has proven to be ineffective, we need to go plan b which promotes the use of artificial contraceptives. unfortunately, the church is very much against it. we need strong leaders and the political will to oppose the church on this matter.

      Reply
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  • 8. J.Kulisap  |  October 12, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Hahaha, kailangan mo ba Plaridel?

    Reply
    • 9. plaridel  |  October 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

      j.kulisap:

      di kailangan ng pinoy yan. basta sagana sa kanin, parang boy scout. laging handa. sumasaludo pag hinihingi ng pagkakataon.

      Reply
  • 10. J.Kulisap  |  October 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Isang malaking tama, konting kiskis..plagadag. Wala lang bentahan ka ba naman ng viagra sa site mo. natawa akong tunay.

    Reply
  • 11. Sascha Darlington  |  February 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Interesting piece. I’m not altogether sure that the population doesn’t need control. I have neighbors who have 7 and 8 kids, respectively. There seems to be a general lack of concern as to what the environment can actually withstand. Hold off on the viagra for a while. 🙂

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  March 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

      sascha:

      i hear you loud and clear. 🙂

      Reply
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    • 14. plaridel  |  March 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      thank you for the pingback. much appreciated.

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  • 15. True George  |  May 7, 2017 at 12:01 am

    yeah but there is more to a declining population then just prescribing Viagra and artificial insemination.

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  May 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      george:

      good point.

      Reply

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