January 17, 2009

HOW TO CAUSE A DOWNTURN, OR THE RIGHT VS. FREE MARKETS:

Is a Change in Migration Patterns at Hand? (Michael Barone, 01/17/2009, Human Events)

Classrooms in Orange County, Calif., are suddenly half-empty. Latino day laborers seem to be less thick on the ground at their morning gathering places. Remittances to Mexico and other Latin countries are down, and men are returning to some villages from the United States.

Latinos appear to account for a disproportionate share of mortgage foreclosures. The Census Bureau estimates that net immigration in 2007-08 was 14 percent lower than the average for 2000-07, and those estimates don't cover the period after June 30, when the recession really started hitting.

Demographic forecasters tend to assume that the long-term future will look a lot like the short-term past. That's why the Census Bureau estimates that there will be more than 100 million people classifying themselves as Hispanics in 2050, compared to 45 million today. But history tells us that trend lines don't go on forever. Sometimes they turn around and go downward.

We have had major Latino immigration now throughout the 25 years since the economic recovery of the early 1980s.


President Bush has demonstrated his profound understanding of American ideals, human rights, and economic realities in regretting that he didn't go for the immigration amnesty instead of SS reform upon being re-elected.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2009 9:05 AM
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