According to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates (2004) families will spend on average between $134,370 to $284,460 to raise a child from birth through age 17. If we lived our personal life as some conservatives want to run our government, nobody should have a child without these funds in the pipeline. Likewise, nobody should buy a home with anything less than cash on hand. Even something as simple as groceries can create a fiscal crisis. I just figured out that over the next 30 years I have over $180,000 in unfunded grocery liabilities! I'd better start cutting services to the poor.