That's not a question I've given much thought to in my life - but after reading this article that I recently found while researching something else, I feel terribly ashamed that I haven't.
If you aren't feeling terribly selfish and ashamed now, too, maybe you need to read that again with an open mind and a receptive heart, then get down on your knees and beg Jesus to forgive you for your slacker breeding habits.
And don't let any facts distract you on your way down!
Especially not facts like these:
The Fifteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau one month from April 1, 1930, determined the resident population of the United States to be 122,775,046, an increase of 13.7 percent over the 106,021,537 persons enumerated during the 1920 Census. (Wikipedia)
Maybe if women had embraced even looser morals in the Roaring '20s, that whole Great Depression thing of the 1930s could have been avoided, eh?
That's not exactly the sort of message I'd expect to hear delivered at a convention of devout Catholics, but then I'm the type of person who still can't quite believe priests can actually get up in front of a crowd and say all that stuff about the bread and the wine with a straight face, either.
Of course there are other problems one must be careful to ignore if one is going to do what needs to be done.
If Dr. Muenzer is right when he says that the Great Depression would never have happened in a country of 152,000,000 consumers, why have we been suffering through the Great Recession these last few years even though the US Census Bureau says we now have over 307,000,000?
Just how many babies do I have to make in order to guarantee a job for every man, woman, and child who wants one??
I don't know...
I just don't know....
But I think maybe we all better go to bed early tonight and start saving up our strength for the selfless task that lies before us and every other American patriot willing to bear any burden and pay any price to return our economy to health.