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Room for More: Population Is Declining
CatholicExchange.com ^ | 01-19-07 | Patti Maguire Armstrong

Posted on 01/21/2007 7:41:49 AM PST by Salvation

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Room for More: Population Is Declining

January 19, 2007

After years of hearing that the earth is in serious danger due to overpopulation, I've got some surprising news: the world's population will soon be shrinking.  The bad news is that because of those who swallowed "the earth won't sustain us" lie, there are a lot of people that should be here but are not.

Of course there will be no apology, but only a morphing of the original message.  One would think that groups like Zero Population Growth, who brought us cute slogans such as: "The pill in time saves nine!" and "This line is too long.  Join ZPG!" might show some remorse for brainwashing throngs of people to be more committed to trees than to parenthood.  Thirty-eight years later, ZPG hands out condoms with the wrappers embossed, "Save the world: Use a condom" and is working on a National Population Policy.  I suppose they want a pat on the back for convincing so many that the sky was falling -- or at least that the earth was shrinking under the weight of humanity.  And I also suppose they see themselves as heroes for leaving holes in families where children would have been, so now there's more room for grass.

Unfortunately, the media picked up their refrain, leaving only brave, defiant or oblivious souls to dare to push their fertility beyond the acceptable number of two.  Ask any mother of three or more how many times she had people point to her pregnant belly and ask, "Don't you know what causes that?" When I was a young child, a big family was thought to be a blessing.  But by the time I was an adult, big families were seen as headed by big buffoons — ignorant, selfish, or out-of-control adults unwilling to curb their fertility for the sake of the rest of the world.  Thus it is that people began to feel free to ask rude questions in an effort to get the numbskulls to invest in birth control.

The reverse would be unthinkable.  Parents of a large family would not ask those of a small family, "Don't you two know what to do to have more children?" As the mother of ten children — eight the old-fashioned way and two brothers orphaned in Kenya — sometimes I actually enjoy unsolicited opinions.  "Boy, I'm glad it's you and not me," gives me the chance to say, "Me too," but I have never inquired as to why they were not enjoying their own children enough to have more.  I have no desire to pry into the private lives of others.  Yet thinking we are taking up too much space in this world, some people become militant and angry with those of us who opt out of the "two kids only" club.

The Earth Was Never in Trouble

 Ironically, the earth was never really in trouble to begin with.  Although the UN announced that the world's population reached 6 billion on October 12, 1999, some demographers decried this as inaccurate due to false reporting from many countries.  Whether the numbers were correct or not, growth has slowed and in some areas is reversing itself.  The United Nations reports that the 79 countries that comprise 40 percent of the world's population now have declining populations. According to Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, the populations of the developed nations today are static or declining.  "The Census Bureau's figures are contradicted by those of the United Nations Population Division," Mosher states.  The UN predicts that by the year 2050, Russia's population will have declined by 21 million, Italy's by 16 million and Germany's and Spain's by 9 million.  Mosher predicts that by the year 2050, persons aged 65 and above will be almost twice as numerous as children 15 years and younger.

It has become an increasing reality for countries losing population to institute liberal immigration policies that allow for more workers to take up the slack.  Even in the developing world, family size has shrunk from an average of five children in 1900 to less than three today.  Ironically, many countries facing under-population are finally realizing that children are their most important resource.  There's even a growing trend in countries such as in Russia to offer financial incentives to families willing to have more than one child.

Dr.  Jacqueline R.  Kasun is an economist and the author of <i>The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of World Population Control</i> (Ignatius, 1988, 1998). According to her, regardless of what the numbers are, our earth has never been in danger of too many people.  In her book, Kasun states:

It's reported by Paul Ehrlich and others that human beings actually occupy no more than 1 to 3 percent of the earth's land surface.

If you allotted 1250 square feet to each person, all the people in the world would fit into the state of Texas.  Try the math yourself: 7,438,152,268,800 square feet in Texas, divided by the world population of 5,860,000,000, equals 1269 square feet per person.

The population density of this giant city would be about 21,000 per square mile — somewhat more than San Francisco and less than the Bronx.

Regardless, the lies have been taken as fact and the world's policy makers act accordingly.  Fueled by false information, governments are committed by law to reduce worldwide population growth.

Abortions and sterilizations are pushed and even forced on citizens with United Nations approval and often financing, while emergency aid to Third-World countries has come to include first and foremost, free and sometimes coercive birth control.

Our public schools teach kids in social studies that the earth is dying under the strain of people, then, when the bell rings, the kids file into the next class where "sex education" teaches them how the various birth controls work to curb population growth.  Even our elementary-aged children come home from school worried about our "dying" planet.  It seems the height of irresponsibility to pass on lies and frighten little children with them. The media and the education system listen to and pass along only one side of the story.  But there is another side.

Myths of Overpopulation

Although you would never know this by listening to the evening news, the scientific community is in great disagreement over whether global warming is attributable to human activity and if there is a connection to so-called "overpopulation."  Another scare comes to us from tree-huggers.  Overpopulation is being blamed for the deforestation of the planet.  Yet according to Kasun, thirty percent of the earth is covered in trees, the same figure as in the 1950s. 

Another fact: Trees are growing 33 percent faster than they are being cut....  There has also been great agitation about the destruction of the tropical rainforests.  Someone has claimed that an area twice the size of Belgium is now being logged worldwide each year, but people don't realize Belgium could fit into the world's tropical forests 500 times, and in the meantime, the rest of the world's trees — 99.6 percent of them — are continuing to grow.

I wish Kasun could convince the people of Oregon of this fact.  When I was there last spring, I read an article in the Oregonian newspaper, lamenting the cutting down of one particular old growth tree on someone's private property.  Twenty-one of his neighbors had tried to stop him by getting his permit revoked.  In a state where euthanasia and abortion draw little attention from the general public, the death of this tree caused great mourning.

Air pollution and acid rain are also blamed on overpopulation.  Air pollution is largely a result of how industries do business.  Due to better emission controls, it is declining significantly in the United States.  Blaming it on more babies being born is a cop-out.

During the sixties and seventies, massive famine due to our dwindling ability to feed ourselves was supposed to be just around the corner.  Today, food supplies have never been more abundant or less expensive.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, world food supplies exceed requirements in all world areas, amounting to a surplus approaching 50 percent in 1990 in the developed countries, and 17 percent in the developing regions.  Our own government actually pays farmers over a billion dollars not to farm 33.5 million acres.

News coverage of famines provide tragic photo opportunities for the media to massage the overpopulation myth.  But famines are caused by extreme droughts, war, ineptitude, or corrupt governments, not because there are too many people to feed. Kasun reports:

Western journalists blamed the Ethiopian famine on "overpopulation," but that was simply not true.  The Ethiopian government caused it by confiscating the food stocks of traders and farmers and exporting them to buy arms.  That country's leftist regime, not its population, caused the tragedy.

In fact, Africa, beset with problems often blamed on "overpopulation," has only one-fifth the population density of Europe....

The cry that our natural resources are in short supply has an ebb and flow to it.  Some may remember the "energy crises" in the seventies.  It was a year that people stopped hanging outdoor Christmas lights because our energy was in short supply.  I lived in the Detroit area and our family tradition of driving around to look at lights came to an abrupt halt.  No one dared to waste energy on something as frivolous as Christmas lights.  Oddly enough, thirty years later there seems to be ample energy for all our lights.

The Question of Poverty

But doesn't overpopulation cause poverty?  In reality, when the supposed 6 billionth baby was born, he was born into a world that has never been more prosperous.  According to the World Bank, average income in the developing world has doubled since 1960.  And behind the population explosion is the explosion in health.  Two hundred years ago, global average human life expectancy was under thirty years.  Today it is more than sixty-five years.

I am not arguing that social, economic and environmental problems do not exist.  I am simply stating that overpopulation is not the problem.  Modern societies are forgetting that children are a blessing.  Fortunately, it's just a matter of time before the tide turns.  Those intent on "saving the planet" have lower fertility rates than couples that see children as a blessing.  Do the math.

Several years ago, I heard a radio report to the effect that the most requested gift from children to in-store Santa Clauses was for little brothers or sisters.  For them, it's the best gift they can imagine.  Some moms and dads have forgotten this or been scared away from the blessing.

I am no scientist, but it only seems logical that if there's room in heaven for one more soul, then God must have arranged for there to be enough room on the earth for more.  After all, the planet is passing away.  We are not.



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1 posted on 01/21/2007 7:41:51 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 01/21/2007 7:43:24 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

When the two of the largest population nations have a tendency to abort Females leads to many males not having a chance to find mates.... Must be rough...


3 posted on 01/21/2007 7:44:34 AM PST by thebaron512
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To: Salvation

**Abortions and sterilizations are pushed and even forced on citizens with United Nations approval and often financing, while emergency aid to Third-World countries has come to include first and foremost, free and sometimes coercive birth control.**

Something to think about. I wonder how much U. S. money supports abortion and sterilization??


4 posted on 01/21/2007 7:45:29 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All

And what about this plea?

**Several years ago, I heard a radio report to the effect that the most requested gift from children to in-store Santa Clauses was for little brothers or sisters. For them, it's the best gift they can imagine. Some moms and dads have forgotten this or been scared away from the blessing.**


5 posted on 01/21/2007 7:47:03 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Is there some reason I should believe that we need more people?


6 posted on 01/21/2007 7:50:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: cripplecreek

If you want somebody to pay for your entitlement programs you do. The cradle to grave entitlement morass has created a pay as you system that will collapse without workers to feed it. Beyond that, there is a vitality to youth that is needed in a society. Older generation instinctively understood this and large families were a blessing. Just another case of Natural Law being stood on its head.


7 posted on 01/21/2007 8:02:30 AM PST by beagle9
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To: Salvation
I don't buy this for a minute. Unless there is a catastrophic disease or war there will be no population decline.

Here in the U.S. we are expecting a dramatic increase in population.

From our own census bureau:

I am in no way trying to hijack this thread.

8 posted on 01/21/2007 8:08:26 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: cripplecreek

Do you not have some love and service to spread around?

Sorry if you don't.


9 posted on 01/21/2007 8:10:09 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

I noticed you didn't answer the question.


10 posted on 01/21/2007 8:11:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: cripplecreek; klossg

Are you married?

One is the main purpose of marriage -- the sacred unity of a man and a woman and pro-creation.


11 posted on 01/21/2007 8:11:26 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Never mind, you clearly aren't going to answer so just forget I asked.


12 posted on 01/21/2007 8:12:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: raybbr

**Here in the U.S. we are expecting a dramatic increase in population.**

Hooray!


13 posted on 01/21/2007 8:12:23 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Definitely. My two granddaughters love their baby brother. He has filled the whole family with laughter. For instance, when he thinks he isn't getting enough attention, he turns off the TV set. They yell at him and laugh too, and he loves it. He is one plus now. And they parents are constantly talking about how much fun he is. I don't think we get the parent stuff down very well until the third. Then we relax and have more fun.

Let us not forget how selfishing and self-centeredness grows with tiny families. It's all about the money.


14 posted on 01/21/2007 8:13:06 AM PST by sine_nomine (The United States...shall protect each of them against invasion. Article IV, 4. US Constition)
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To: cripplecreek; B4Ranch

ping


15 posted on 01/21/2007 8:20:17 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Salvation

Something to think about. I wonder how much U. S. money supports abortion and sterilization??

I have long maintained that the most rampant genocides in the world today are perputuated by American liberal politicians in the name of humanitarian causes. Dig a bit and you'll find that a ton of US taxpayer money goes overseas to fund abortions in Africa and elsewhere.


16 posted on 01/21/2007 8:21:44 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: Salvation
Hooray!

The culture of the U.S. will be dramatically changed (not for the better) unless things change. We don't need 571 million people living here.

17 posted on 01/21/2007 8:25:21 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Salvation

I was out with my 4 (well behaved) children at a store a few weeks ago, and a women loudly told her husband "she should have had her tubes tied."

The hostility is amazing, but I am not sorry. I am raising educated, independent, conservative future adults.


18 posted on 01/21/2007 8:26:52 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: Salvation

China will be interesting. I think their one child policy will be a disaster.


19 posted on 01/21/2007 8:28:21 AM PST by Mr. Peabody
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Interesting ping.


20 posted on 01/21/2007 8:28:38 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: Salvation
Something to think about. I wonder how much U. S. money supports abortion and sterilization??

**********

Good question.

21 posted on 01/21/2007 8:36:08 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cripplecreek

Why not have more people?

And not just the Hispanics or Muslims, mind you.....is that a good enough reason for you? LOL!


22 posted on 01/21/2007 8:36:23 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sine_nomine

**It's all about the money.**

And "me, me, me, thought processes.


23 posted on 01/21/2007 8:37:59 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sbMKE

Very sad statistics!


24 posted on 01/21/2007 8:38:49 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: conservative cat

Time to turn around and say, "I'll pray for you......that you might be enlightened about God's plan for mankind."

I've used the first half of that statement......wasn't quite brave enough at the time I had five children with me in the store to use the second half.

But I would use it now!

God bless!


25 posted on 01/21/2007 8:40:46 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: raybbr
The culture of the U.S. will be dramatically changed (not for the better) unless things change.

The traditional Norman Rockwell town of my youth is a prime example of the change brought about by an ever expanding population. It simply doesn't exist anymore.

When I was 16 years old I could carry a loaded shotgun right down main street on my way to my hunting spot just outside town. If I try it today someone will be calling the FBI and every other law enforcement agency they can think of. However, these days there isn't a place within miles of that town where I can legally hunt because it's suburbia.

Today I live in an even tinier town where I can simply walk to a hunting place. Unfortunately that hunting place will be on state owned land that can easily be open to the public but closed to hunting.

Seems to me that the more populated America becomes, the further into socialism we slide.
26 posted on 01/21/2007 8:42:06 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Mr. Peabody
I think it has already affected their policies

Chinese Province Loosens Child Policy

27 posted on 01/21/2007 8:42:12 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Still can't come up with an answer so you resort to name calling. How Christian of you.


28 posted on 01/21/2007 8:43:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: raybbr

And Mexico is seeing a decrease in population. So aren't you stating the obvious?


29 posted on 01/21/2007 8:43:28 AM PST by B4Ranch (Press "1" for English, or Press "2" and you will be disconnected until you learn to speak English.)
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To: conservative cat

The woman who said you "should have had your tubes tied", probably has exactly that kind of relationship with whatever family she does have.

In a few years she will be sitting alone and unattended in a nursing home paying the price for her selfishness.


30 posted on 01/21/2007 8:45:24 AM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: staytrue

Is this what you want to see on a Sunday morning?

http://www.lifeandlibertyministries.com/archives/000347.php

http://www.abortionno.org/


31 posted on 01/21/2007 8:46:17 AM PST by B4Ranch (Press "1" for English, or Press "2" and you will be disconnected until you learn to speak English.)
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To: Salvation

Part of me says this is the Crux of the immigration debate. The reason why our Politicians are so soft on it...or, a good part of the reason.

With the amount of national debt accumulating, they are going to need a heavy tax base in years to come to pay for it. Not saying this is true, but it has crossed my mind time and again when the "migration" debate sparks up....


32 posted on 01/21/2007 8:46:48 AM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: cripplecreek

How about survival? In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of mean guys out there who want to kill us.


33 posted on 01/21/2007 8:52:58 AM PST by Christopher Lincoln
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To: cripplecreek
Still can't come up with an answer so you resort to name calling. How Christian of you.

*************

I missed the part where Salvation called you a name.

What name was it?

34 posted on 01/21/2007 8:55:04 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cripplecreek

I thought I was being factual.


35 posted on 01/21/2007 8:55:06 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Christopher Lincoln
How about survival? In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of mean guys out there who want to kill us.

And having more than a half billion people will do what?
36 posted on 01/21/2007 8:55:28 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Salvation

Factual how?

(not that I expect an answer)


37 posted on 01/21/2007 8:57:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: cripplecreek

Take it easy, please.


38 posted on 01/21/2007 8:58:53 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

He calls me a racist (first mention or racism) and you tell me to take it easy? All I did was ask a simple and apparently unanswerable question.

Pathetic.


39 posted on 01/21/2007 9:00:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree with you. Considering the quality of most humans I have the misfortune of interacting with everyday I am glad that they didn't breed more of their ilk. Spend one afternoon in the mall and tell me what I am missing.


40 posted on 01/21/2007 9:02:49 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: cripplecreek

I don't know what you're talking about. Perhaps you might consider taking a break.


41 posted on 01/21/2007 9:03:47 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Salvation
Maybe the overall population of the world is decreasing, but the overall population of the Muslim world is increasing.

That's the number I worry about. And so should all other non-Muslims.

42 posted on 01/21/2007 9:06:54 AM PST by Gritty (You can't be a redneck European with 1.1 birth rates as there are no sisters to bunk up with-M Steyn)
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To: Salvation

Population is not declining.


43 posted on 01/21/2007 9:07:37 AM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: trisham
Why not have more people?

And not just the Hispanics or Muslims, mind you.....is that a good enough reason for you? LOL!


Those are the adversarial words of "Salvation". All I did was asked a simple question of why we need a half billion people.
44 posted on 01/21/2007 9:09:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: cripplecreek

How is that accusing you of racism?


45 posted on 01/21/2007 9:11:25 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Salvation
During the sixties and seventies, massive famine due to our dwindling ability to feed ourselves was supposed to be just around the corner.

Make no mistake, there have been massive famines and will be more. In the early 1960s there was a famine in China in which (as the Chinese government admitted long afterward) some 30 million people died. Although this figure greatly exceeds the death toll of the Holocaust, I am convinced it's well short of the truth. This was not caused by overpopulation; it was caused by Communism.

46 posted on 01/21/2007 9:18:07 AM PST by Christopher Lincoln
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To: Christopher Lincoln
This was not caused by overpopulation; it was caused by Communism.

************

Excellent point.

47 posted on 01/21/2007 9:21:34 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: sit-rep

>With the amount of national debt accumulating, they are going to need a heavy tax base in years to come to pay for it.<

The problem I see with immigration is that we are permitting the under and uneducated entry across our borders therefore these people will not be paying much in taxes. Probably not even enough to support the social services that the others are receiving.

Look at what has happened to our insurance for cars and medical care in the past 8 years. You and I insure our cars, most of them don't. The number of hit and runs has risen dramatically in areas that are heavily infected with these people in the past decade. The cost of an ambulance has gone up 30% in 7 years in my area.

Then when you add in the law enforcement and prison costs I know we are going further in debt because of illegal aliens.


48 posted on 01/21/2007 9:25:58 AM PST by B4Ranch (Press "1" for English, or Press "2" and you will be disconnected until you learn to speak English.)
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To: cripplecreek

"Is there some reason I should believe that we need more people?"

Yes - there are several reasons. Here are three:

First, it will maintain our culture and heritage. We have much to be proud of here in the US. It must me maintained. We've helped save the world a couple of times. We will need to again.

Second, there are not enough young people to maintain our current system of entitlement programs in the US. The ratio of workers to retirees has shifted greatly.

Third, more people makes us all wealthier, not poorer. More population in a socialist country (China) makes them poorer, but that is not so in a capitalistic system. Just the opposite in fact.


49 posted on 01/21/2007 9:27:15 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: cowtowney

You almost sound like you actually believed that.


50 posted on 01/21/2007 9:29:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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