October 17, 2006


U.S. reaches historic population point: 300,000,000 (Mike Swift, 10/17/06, San Jose Mercury News

When the nation's odometer clicked over to 300,000,000 people at 4:46 this morning, it was a milestone more figurative than literal.

Someone is born in this country every seven seconds; someone dies every 13 seconds; and one new immigrant arrives every 31 seconds. Put them together, and presto: the United States has added one new resident every 11.25 seconds since the U.S. Census Bureau made the last official count in 2000. [...]

Organizations such as the Center for Environment and Population warn that America's immigration-fueled growth, coupled with wasteful patterns of consumption, is causing environmental problems not only for the United States, but for the planet.

However, in many other industrialized countries without a significant number of immigrants the problem isn't growth, it's contraction.

In Germany, legislators are worried about their country becoming, in Frey's words, a ``geriatric ghetto.'' They are considering a plan to pay women who leave the workforce to have a child about $2,500 a month. In Spain, there are only half as many children younger than 5 than people in their parents' age group.

``You can't go back now and say, `Oops, we forgot to have kids,' '' said Carl Haub, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau. He said those countries are headed for a time when one-third of the population will be older than 65.

While Europeans worry about America having become an uberpower, they just keep falling father behind.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2006 10:24 AM

But if Lou Dobbs has his way, They will catch up fast. (Click on poll results on left)

Posted by: Peter B at October 17, 2006 11:13 AM

"'father' behind"? heh heh - Maybe they should "love one a mother"!

Posted by: flanman at October 17, 2006 11:15 AM

For a folk to have the confidence to expand its population it must say "yes" to the spirit and power of the wagon train. It must believe in its right to live and prosper.

There are two ways, paths, literally, to this spirit and power. It can be by the old pagan way of blood and soil or the balanced way of the Great Commission. Because the pagan way is out of equilibrium, it is immoderate and irrational and leads to excess and error. The American way, the Judeo-Christian way, achieves the balance by a synthesis of the Old Testament wagon train with New Testament universalism.

Now that the European spirit and power have failed, their peoples have lost the confidence to hold a place in the sun, and go voluntarily into nonexistence.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 17, 2006 11:58 AM

The only thing I don't like about this is the issue of children born out of wedlock in this country.

Posted by: pchuck at October 17, 2006 12:24 PM

Significantly, the Mulsim wagon train comes here too.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2006 12:24 PM