We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There seems to be a theme conflict. If there aren't enough jobs, if the land of opportunity is fenced off, then a decline in the sales of baby diapers would be a good thing. People are rationally reacting to the societal conditions.
Babies grow up to be adults, but these will be adults without jobs or opportunity. Not to mention, as they matured they will have been a drain on their parents who are finding jobs hard to get and opportunity hard to find. With the extra mouths to feed and bodies to clothe, it only increases the extent of their poverty.
Permission for chapstick;
So this is where we are. Sheep who bleat and plead for permission to carry wax lip balms. Permission from those who basically need instructions to find their way out of a paper bag.
I cannot figure out if the author is intentionally obtuse or really believes he is onto something. The two major minorities in the U.S. are African Americans and Hispanics of Central and South American origin. If you go to the countries these minorities are from you will find that obesity and overweight is the norm. It is genetic. On the other hand the majority in the U.S. are descendants of imigrants from Europe. If you go to any of the European countries that these descendants came from you will find less obesity and overweight people then you would in African countries or Central and South American countries. This information was available to the author but he choose to ignore it. The obvious conclusion should be that in some ethnicities obesity is more common then in other ethnicities. But instead the author forced his bias on us contrary to the evidence.
Military Readiness: "Air Force too old"--Minuteman III went into the MM I silos starting in the early '70s. I believe the last B-52s were built in the early '60s. They've been used harder than the MMs.
Running out of jobs: Deregulate. Change the laws (mainly the legislators and administrators) and delete 50% (minimum) of the regulators.