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I'm trying to locate a short story I read 30 years ago about a public relations guy who is hired to help the government develop a program to reduce the population. He comes up with several ideas promoting sterility, suicide, etc. but the program works a little too well & things spiral out of control with mass suicides, death-cults & the like. In the end he's left with the last group of people on earth who are counting on him to mate with the last females to repopulate the earth. I remember the last line of the story was:

"I don't have the heart to tell them I'm sterile".

I also remember that the President of the USA now dresses up like Uncle Sam.

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    Hmm. Makes me think of a story (I THINK by Fredric Brown) involving a screw up where an advertiser (Funeral Home, or Coffin sales, or something similar) got too big of a budget (like via a transposed decimal), and was too successful advertising coffins. Ends with an old man come down from the mountains, seeing the results, and looking at his mule, with a comment to the effect of 'Guess we have to try again.. Hope they don't favor your side of the family as much, next time.' Not your story, tho. – K-H-W Jan 24 '13 at 23:30
  • Read this and immediately thought JG Ballard for some reason. But it's definitely not one of his 2 shorts usually cited in lists of overpopulation fiction (Billenium and Concentration City). – timday Feb 20 '13 at 20:33
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It might be Sales of a Deathman by Robert Bloch

It can be read on archive.org

Excerpts:

What to do with the population problem? Killing people's so messy — unless they'll help!

[...]

We've got the posters up — everything from "Join the Marine Corpse" to "Uncle Sam DOESN'T Want You!" And there's a big publicity campaign for the development of Death Valley National Monument.

[...]

The president put it right on the line. (Funny thing, he really looks like Uncle Sam now, even without makeup).

“We’re got to repopulate,” he said. “Start all over again from the beginning.” He looked at me.

“You’re our only hope. You and the girl.”

I nodded. So did she.

So tonight they’re setting the two of us up in a living unit of our own. Regular honeymoon suite. From now on, it’s up to me.

The ending line is not the same, though:

Too bad. I just don’t think I’m going to make it. I’ve come to the conclusion Thoreau was right. In times like these, one must seek the peaceful serenity of Walden Pond.

...

I think I’ll go there tonight. And drown myself.

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This sounds a little like "The Marching Morons" by C.M. Kornbluth. However, the solution in TMM was to get everyone to visit another planet (Venus?).

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    Sounds like an appropriate title. – Morgan Mar 21 '13 at 0:17
  • This isn't "The Marching Morons". That story is about (the phrase "That story is about" means SPOILERS) a scammer from the past, not a PR person. – wizzwizz4 Aug 9 '18 at 13:19

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