Michigan Is Breeding Poverty

Nolan Finley, The Detroit News, February 12, 2012

Since the national attention is on birth control, here’s my idea: If we want to fight poverty, reduce violent crime and bring down our embarrassing drop-out rate, we should swap contraceptives for fluoride in Michigan’s drinking water.

We’ve got a baby problem in Michigan. Too many babies are born to immature parents who don’t have the skills to raise them, too many are delivered by poor women who can’t afford them, and too many are fathered by sorry layabouts who spread their seed like dandelions and then wander away from the consequences.

Michigan’s social problems and the huge costs attached to them won’t recede until we embrace reproductive responsibility.

Last year, 43 percent of the babies born in Michigan were to single mothers. And even though Medicaid pays for birth control, half of the babies born here were to mothers on welfare. Eighteen percent were born to teenagers who already had at least one child. And nearly 1-in-5 new babies had mothers with no high school diploma.

In Michigan, poverty is as much a cultural problem as it is an economic one.

I spoke with an educator who is dealing with a single mother, mid-30s, with 12 children and a 13th on the way. The kids have an assortment of fathers with one thing in common—none married their mother. This woman’s womb is a poverty factory.


Who’s supporting these kids? If you’re a taxpayer, you are. The roughly 45,000 children a year born onto the welfare rolls is a major reason Medicaid will consume 25 percent of next year’s budget.


In the 1990s, Michigan considered penalizing women who had more babies while on welfare, but pro-life groups killed the idea out of fear it would lead to more abortions.



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  • Anonymous

    “Reproductive responsiblity” makes a liberal’s spidey sense tingle. Say it in front of them and watch them do the chicken little dance: “Eugenics! Nazi Germany! David Duke approved Nordplant sterilization for everyone! The sky is falling!”

    • Anonymous

      Oh, it’s happening in some places.


      Girls, 13, given contraceptive implants at school

      Girls as young as 13 have been fitted with contraceptive implants at school without their parents knowing.

      The procedure was carried out in Southampton, Hants, as part of a government initiative to drive down teenage pregnancies.

      As many as nine secondary schools in the city are thought to have been involved.

      But it has caused a backlash from parents who weren’t aware that their daughters had been fitted with the 4cm device, which sits under the skin.

      It is currently unknown exactly how many youngsters have taken part in the scheme.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got to agree with the founding fathers on this one.  Having the blacks back in Africa would solve an enormous number of social problems here in America and Europe.

    Like Thomas Jefferson said, their countenance is more of sensation than reflection.  You cannot expect civilized behavior from uncivilized people.

    Sterilization is a mild solution.  It should be done voluntarily, but it would do a world of good for Detroit, East St. Louis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, etc.

    • Anonymous

      I think there should be a rubric for sterilization.  lol 

      A rubric is just a score card, too many points on your score card and you get sterilized.  For instance, you have a felony assault, one child and you are on welfare…..that’s 30 points, you get sterilized no choice at all!!!

      Also, people could be offered a few thousand dollars to be sterilized.  Poor (and very likely dumb and or lazy) people would be most attracted to this.   It would be their choice.  They could be sterilized after having one or two children.   But, the sooner they get fixed, the more money they get.  They would have a choice. 

      Smart, productive people should of course be encouraged to have children.  Einstein should have had 20 kids.

      This would be a color blind program but it would of course impact some groups more than others and would be called racist. 

      Just some ideas off the top of my head.  If some sort of civilized eugenics program isn’t developed, I shudder to think of where the world is headed.  The consequences of NOT doing this will be far worse in my opinion. 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Amren for posting this great article. And for those who still think we have to all be “Conservatives” – way too many Conservatives are clueless/traitorous about the population explosion of NWs, the 3rd world home and abroad.

    Don’t write off the Liberals – my favorite American Renaissance article


    • Anonymous

      Conservative Christians mean well but….being against family planning, contraceptives,  abortion is just plain crazy.   Every time I see them handing out food in some 3rd world hell hole I think, “why don’t they ask those people to get fixed in exchange for food.”   I can’t help but think of those people on TV that have 100 dogs living in their filthy house….that is where this will lead to.  My god….think people!  

      • Impertinent

        Well…they say if they have ONE dog…they’re fed for a day. If they have more…they’re ranchers.

  • The end of the article states that:

    Nolan Finley is editorial page editor of The News. His column appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

    Not for much longer.

    I’m surprised the NAACP hasn’t already called for his head.

  • Anonymous

    Michigan is breeding democrats…

    • Impertinent

      No…Michigan is breeding Islamists and illegals with a name ending in a “Z”. How long before the “Smith’s” flee a city that caters to dependent illiterates?

  • Marcy Fleming

     Those conservatives are our enemy. Abortion ought to be subsidized for the poor.

  • Anonymous

    These women who are in the know about “BABY MOMMA BENNIES” are getting preggers ON PURPOSE.

    Every hear the saying “build it and they will come”???? Same thing applies to Government goodies……..offering bennies attracts them just like F***s to S**t.

  • Anonymous

    “Too many babies are born to immature parents who don’t have the skills to raise them…”

    This is an incidental remark but when I was in high school, I had a English teacher who stressed that you rear children and you raise livestock.

    Of course, in this context raising children may be appropriate.

  • Impertinent

    Jeeze…it’s so simple. Have one on welfare…you get a pass. Have two…you get a procedure. Why should I have to pay for your fornicating?

  • Impertinent

    Maybe PP and Sanger had it right?

    • Steven Bannister

      They DEFINITELY had it right…

  • crystal evans

    What I do not understand is that these women have all these kids thinking that they are taking advantage of the system. However, welfare and food stamp programs are far from generous and as a result, a lot of these single parent families are broke the last two weeks of the month. These pro-lifers are in love with the unborn fetus  which is why they try to stop abortions but are  for cutting the welfare budget. It is too bad that these women could not be paid to get their tubes tied.

  • Anonymous

    There is no point in telling unmarried females with low IQs, “Please stop having illegitimate children, but if you have them we will force the tax payers to pay you child support with programs like Aid to Families with Dependent Children.” We need to discontinue AFDC. That is a harsh solution, but this is a serious problem. 

    If we continue AFDC we should sterilize not only the unmarried mothers, but the illegitimate children who inherit their bad genes.

  • Anonymous

    I say after Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr, “Three generations of imbeciles is enough.” 

  • Anonymous

    If we want to fight poverty, reduce violent crime and bring down our embarrassing drop-out rate, we should swap contraceptives for fluoride in Michigan’s drinking water. 

    – Nolan Finley, The Detroit News, February 12, 2012  

    According to “Freakonomics,” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 is the main reason the rate of violent crime began to decline in 1992. Females who are most likely to have abortions are least able to raise children properly, and most likely to have boy babies who become violent street criminals. A potential mugger who was aborted in 1974 would have been eighteen in 1992.

  • No more free things for the pregnant and moms like WIC. No more food stamps. No more breakfast and lunch in public schools, or public schools, period. No more welfare. No more money for rent in Section 8 ghettos.

    Cut that all off and see what happens to black and hispanic populations.

  • Maybe it’s possible, in this case, to do the typical thing left-wingers do, which is to internalize two mutually contradictory ideas and believe both of them. What about being pro-life where it comes to white pregnancies and, as for the low-intelligence individuals whites will end up supporting anyway, well, perhaps abortions aren’t such a bad idea at all…

  • Anonymous

    Oh, another Jew hater….nice.   What fraud did Einstein commit?  Did he cheat on his SAT ? 

  • Anonymous

    Mandatory birth control while on any subsidized help should be the law. Any pregnancies while on welfare or food stamps should void eligibility immediately. Any births before the age of 18 should also not be eligible, as a girl is ‘technically’  legally under the responsibility of her parent(s) until age 18. When the rewards stop coming for dropping babies, more babies will stop coming. Along with cutting our welfare-producing taxes by a big chunk, it would also severely impact the black /brown birth rates. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s simple and would make a big difference.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE, someone tell me , what gives these people the right to have children knowing fully well that someone else will have to support them.

    I suggest that everyone read the Heritage Foundation Report “”obama to spend $103. Triilion on Welfare” (SR-67 , September, 16, 2009) just to get an idea of how much these 45,000 new babies will cost taxpayers.  Heritage says that combined federal and state spending on “poor people” annually averages $16,800/person. So these 45,000 will cost taxpayers minimum $756 Million per year.  Over a lifetime, adding in things likeprivate fondation money,  “schooling,” social workers, SSI payments, law enforcement, courts, juvenile incarceration ($80k/yr), adult incarceration ($25K+/yr), added costs to society due to to crime, extra insurance, private security, lost opportunity costs, added social welfare and these folks can end up costing taxpayers $1M apiece or nearly $800 BILLION over a life time. If the parent is illiterate and disfunctional, the kids have little or no chance to become contributing members of society. Then, of course, they start the next generation.

    And make no mistake. Even though these mothers are illiterate, they know EXACTLY how much they will get in entitlements per child and as the “family” grows. If they win the “lottery” and have a child diagnosed as “disabled” they get extra “crazy money” per child.  The poverty pimps who make a living off of poverty also know to the dollar how much these women recieve. Heck, even Nike with its $200 shoes knows.  These women have children because they get free disposable income out of it that they can spend anyway they want. Without the children, society wouldn’t give a darn about them and they would be unable to support themselves.
    The really sad part about this is that the people who are responsible and pay taxes who would like to have large families can’t have them because they can’t afford them.  They commute long hours to work so their kid can be in a safe, decent school (or pay through the nose for a private one) in the suburbs.  How long can we afford to spend almost $700/month/US household to support career welfare scam artists?

  • To Guest:
     You say Blacks are creating poverty. Oh really!?! Well, go to the Hammtramck and 8-10
    mile rd. dustrict which is predominantly white and see the poverty there, then tell me about blacks. Say 8 mile rd, is where “white gangsta” rapper, Chris Kowolski/
    Eminem , is from. Think about that? By the way, Michigan is beginning to experience
    an economic recover comeback. Read article “Jobs are even coming back to Michigan. Have a good afternoon.

    • That’s part of the reason we have a hard on for ghetto black culture and the glorification thereof, because our lower classes start playing along.