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300 Million Americans: 1 – Old White People Need Teenage Mexicans October 15, 2006

Posted by fajita in Population.
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The Boomers are retiring. And even though there is that commercial with the gray haired cool guy says, “this generation isn’t going to play shuffleboard,” they are going to need social security. In fact, they are going to need more social security than any genration prior. Not only that, these same boomers didn’t have enough babies to make sure that social security was going to be in place.

Enter immigration. Were it not for immigration, the U.S. would be scared straight like Europe about low borth rates and low replacement rates of population. The U.S. is unique in that the population is growing a little by birth, but a lot by immigration.

Now, these boomers are going to require lots and lots of people paying into the (poorly developed and poorly thought out) social security program (along with other entitlements). Since we’re not making enough babies fast enough to pay for these entitlements, someone is going to have to pay for this. We must count on the immigrants to pick up the slack. They won’t pick up all of the slack, but they will make a significant difference as compared to a closed America.

Some might object that immigrants only take crappy jobs that no self-respecting American would take (snobs), but that is not true. It is only true that a lot of these jobs are filled by immigrants, but it is not the only kinds of jobs immigrants fill.

I was amazaed when I heard the statisitc that over 25% of PhDs in America are foreign born. I doubt many of the immigrant doctorate holders are flipping burgers for $6 an hour. No, they are holding moderate and high paying jobs. A large percentage of American MDs are immigrants as well. They are paying taxes; supporting the system. Furthermore, they are not tkaing away PhD’s and MDs from Americans, they are achieving them on a relatively equal basis if not a bias against them.

Retiring Americans need immigrants to come to America and succeed if they want that social security check to come in anywhere near the levels they feel like they are entitled to.

Americans need immigrants to fill American jobs produced by an American economy that certainly is de-manufacturizing, but is growing, growing, growing in many other sectors. We do not need a woker shortage that so hampered Japan. The only way to have enough workers for the future jobs that need to be filled is going to be immigration – unless we can start getting couples to get in the sack and make some babies. That ain’t going to happen if trends continue as they have been.

Old white men might not like the fact that Mexican (Indian, Somali, Hmong, etc) teenagers are here and more of them are coming, but it just might be their economic salvation. What a bizarre and redemptive twist twist.


300,000,000 Americans: Introduction October 13, 2006

Posted by fajita in Population.

Any minute the U.S population will surpass 300 million people. That is amazing. A book is considered a best seller if it reaches 30,000 copies. So, that is 1 in every 3000 Americans reading the book.

Anyway, I was listening to NPR on a story about the U.S population and found it most interesting. Ihad some of my own reflections on the U.S. population reahing 300 million. I will play those out here.

This post serves as the introduction. Here’s what’s coming:

1. Old White People Need Teenage Mexicans (more than you ever dreamed)

2. Why the U.S still isn’t Europe and never will be.

3. America, the missiological phenomenon.

4. America Recolonized.

I’ll be posting on these over the next several days, when I get a little time (we’ll see about that), and when I do, I’d love some lively debate. It is my intentiona to bother at least a few people with my posts. So, prepare to be bothered.