August 6, 2004

WE NEED LEBENSRAUM:

One last chance to control the nation's population and preserve their quality of life (Froma Harrop, 8/06/04, www.jewishworldreview.com)

Richard Nixon was born 22 miles from this historic, graceful city. As president and a Southern Californian, Nixon saw the threat posed by a rapidly growing population. He warned Congress in 1969 that if America continued to expand at current rates, the nation's "social supplies — the capacity to educate youth, to provide privacy and living space, to maintain the processes of open, democratic government — may be grievously strained."


It's probably just as well that Nixon isn't around to see what has happened since. The population of California has grown 70 percent. Here in Riverside County, it has tripled. And the Riverside-San Bernardino area ranks No. 1 in Smart Growth America's sprawl index. The Southern California Association of Governments expects the region to add 1.56 million people between 2000 and 2020 — rivaling the growth expected for all of Georgia or Washington State.

It's also a good thing that Nixon isn't hearing today's political debate. While the people of California, Colorado and other fast-sprawling states obsess over their population explosions, neither President Bush nor Democratic nominee John Kerry has a word to say on the matter.


You'd like to think a Jewish publication would have more sense than to cite a notorious anti-Semite for the proposition that an undesirable minority population should be reduced.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 6, 2004 8:39 AM
Comments

You'd think he would have bought up the cheap real estate in the 50s, he'd have had enough money to pay Dean and Deep-throat off.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 6, 2004 10:14 AM

Nixon was anti-Semitic in word, not in deed.

I prefer 'em this way rather than the other way around :-)

Posted by: tictoc at August 6, 2004 4:14 PM
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