September 19, 2006


As US nears milestone, a rising mix of immigrants (Brad Knickerbocker and Patrik Jonsson, 9/19/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

While growth is slowing almost everywhere in the developed world, three factors are powering the US population toward the 300 million mark. Couples are having enough babies to replace themselves. People are living longer. And the biggest reason: Immigration to the US has sharply increased in recent decades. [...]

On average, Hispanics in the US are considerably younger than the population as a whole: Their median age is about 27 compared with about 36 for the country generally. That means that as older non-Hispanics retire, there will be relatively more workers to pay into Social Security.

An elderly decrepit man always resents a young man's vigor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2006 8:17 AM

Not to mention, an elderly woman too often resents a young Hispanic woman's beauty and personality.

Why are people so afraid of civilizing influences?

Posted by: Brad S at September 19, 2006 10:27 AM

And an elderly vigorous man challenges him to a joyous game of one-on-one half court.

Posted by: Qiao Yang at September 19, 2006 10:59 AM

I expect Europe to yell at the U.S. to get off its lawn any day now...

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at September 19, 2006 12:16 PM

We just welcomed EIGHTY-FOUR new members into our urban gun club last evening. We were most pleased to see an increase in our Latino cohort.

I keep reading here about "nativist" and "racist" opposition to Latino immingrants: I am not seeing it in my communities, neither in Philadelphia, nor in the near suburbs--maybe it's a New England thing..

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 19, 2006 1:11 PM

We're desperate for them in the Northeast. We can't fill many of the jobs here.

Nativism is a phenomenon of the Darwinian Right punditocracy and pols.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2006 1:51 PM

... an elderly woman too often resents a young Hispanic woman's beauty and personality." What a mean thing to say! We had our day and now can appreciate the beauty and personality of young women (and men) no matter their racial background.

Posted by: erp at September 19, 2006 6:51 PM