[I]n modern Western states, government responsibility for the aged replaced [the] social contract. Now, all children take care of all elderly collectively, via government programs financed by current tax contributions.* Fertility rates in these countries dropped dramatically, because people no longer “needed“ to have children for the “old age security motive”. (Why go through the effort and cost of raising children yourself, when the government will look after you in your old age anyway!). In addition, the heavy tax burden on workers (a feature of the socialized economy), made it difficult for mothers to stay at home and raise multiple children. Currently, the resultant smaller tax pool (few young workers) is supporting an inordinately large elderly population. This scenario is unsustainable. Hospitals in socialized countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy are “already overworked with the elderly (and) medical costs are bankrupting the government”. Shockingly, there is such a shortage of actual people to look after the elderly, that it has necessitated immigration programs, specifically to take care of the needs of the elderly. In the UK, live-in care workers are often young people from other countries who now take care of the elderly who have no, or too few children, to take care of them in old age, be it financially, physically or emotionally.Although the author of this passage is Muslim, and offers some selected quotes from the Koran in support of his post, I note here that the Bible has not a few verses exhorting children to care for their aging parents as part of the duty of a grown child to honor their parents, so that they may not be a burden upon others: Exodus 20:12, 1 Timothy 5:4, 1 Timothy 5:8, and 1 Timothy 5:16. All this is pretty hard to do this if you failed to permit your life to be blessed with the "arrows" of your youth in the first place.
Another Western trend is the delay of childbearing, especially as women pursue higher education and careers. Just a few decades ago, women here started having babies in their early twenties, but now, with improved healthcare and nutrition, it has become common for women to have their first babies in their thirties. Delaying childbearing for “only” ten years, has vast consequences for family support structures. For example, a woman who started having children in her early twenties, will have (multiple) adult children and adult grandchildren (provided her daughters and daughters-in-law did the same) by the time she is 60 years old. In contrast, a woman who delayed childbearing until her thirties, and her daughter did the same, will have (one or two) adult children, who are still in the throes of rearing non-adult children. This has led to the “sandwich generation” phenomenon where women in their forties or fifties, face the the double burden of taking care of their own still growing offspring, as well as their aging parents.
But it's not just elder care. The shift away from families as the primary welfare institution--which Chruch as backstop--and toward the State is sapping the vitality of the whole of society. The sheer size of tax burden, and the loans (which transfer future consumption to the present) taken out to finance the massive welfare system, make it that much more difficult to save sufficiently for one's future. And this is before we consider the double-whammy effect of welfare, in that it not only subsidizes indolence but that person's labor does not add to the tax base from which these transfer payments are made.
In the end, the future belongs to those who show up for it. Vigorous, self-sustaining, natalist creeds will inherit the Earth. Those philosophies that do not, will not.
* I'll quibble with the author here, in that social welfare spending is financed by both current tax contributions and future taxes moved "left" on the timeline in the present. In other words, present social spending is not only today's consumption, but tomorrow's consumption as well. How insane is it to obligate the unborn grandchildren twenty years from now to pay for the high living of a Silent or Boomer retiree today?