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What really do we expect from a barren tree? I’m Paul Mero. I’ll be right back.

Recent news out of the city of San Francisco is that its population of children continues to shrink. Certainly the cost of living is a factor – the median price of a home in San Francisco is four times the price of a home in Salt Lake City. But perhaps a bigger factor in the decline of children is that city’s progressive culture, especially its embrace of homosexuality.

We certainly understand that San Francisco is more than its unique counterculture. It’s a city with a rich history, diverse neighborhoods and scenic beauty. I, personally, love the city of San Francisco. I was born within its shadow; most of my family has lived in and around its city limits. But it’s hard not to ignore its problems.

From the hippies of the past to its homosexuals in the present, its deep roots of enterprise, innovation and true diversity have been dug at by political correctness. So much so, by now, that it’s a city of people alone together.

As long as the “gay” tail continues to wag the dog in San Francisco’s progressive culture, those childless numbers will only grow until the point that its demography will implode, leaving the city’s remnant wondering about their economic future.

Utahns, on the other hand, love children. We marry and have children more than any other state in the Union. And because we bear children within stable families – lots of children – our culture and economy have bright futures. I’m convinced that there’s one reason why Utah has survived the current recession better than most states: our big families. We know how to sacrifice and work hard because we have children and we’re linked by generations. We’re family-oriented. We’re child-friendly. Better yet, we’re parent-friendly.

To answer my earlier question, a barren tree produces nothing. The childless streets of San Francisco are the result of natural consequences. So, too, are the child-rich streets of every Utah city and town.

For Sutherland Institute, I’m Paul Mero. Thanks for listening.

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