Forget post-election dissection and the fiscal cliff, here is the stunner:
The U.S. birthrate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
The overall birthrate decreased by 8 percent between 2007 and 2010, with a much bigger drop of 14 percent among foreign-born women. The overall birthrate is at its lowest since 1920, the earliest year with reliable records. The 2011 figures don’t have breakdowns for immigrants yet, but the preliminary findings indicate that they will follow the same trend.
That’s the real fiscal cliff. Yet The Washington Post reports that its most popular article today is “Starbucks’ new $7 coffee is its priciest ever.“