I'm not sure what to think. The logical side of me thinks that maybe this guy has a point - there are certain people that are not going to be fit parents, and paying them not to have children would result in a lower cost to society. There would the difficulty in determining who would be eligible for this program and how you would handle a situation where someone wanted to change their mind. It isn't the situation of being poor that makes bad parents, as there are bad ones that are rich as well as middle class as well as poor. And you could have a no take-backs rule, I suppose. So long as it was a voluntary program, rather than forced, it would avoid the taint of eugenics. Indeed, this would not be so different than the resultant drop in crime a generation after Roe v. Wade made it possible for those who felt themselves to be unfit or otherwise unable parents to get an abortion. This would just be a step before abortion. On the flip side, you would need to find a way to ensure that you didn't encourage people to give up their baby-making ability just for some cash. Also, what happens if few people volunteer. The strength in this program would be broader drops in cost. But, there is a voice in the back of my head that says that this just isn't ethical and it can't believe I could even right that much to attempt a tenuous justification.