April 8, 2019

IMMIGRANTS WILL GET TO WRITE THEIR OWN TICKETS:

Trump says America 'is full!' A new report says 4 in 10 U.S. counties are suffering Japan-level population decline. (The Week, 4/08/19)

[A] report released last week suggests that, in fact, much of America -- especially America's rural "heartland" -- is increasingly, troublingly empty.

The report, from Washington think tank the Economic Innovation Group, found that 80 percent of U.S. counties lost prime working-age adults (25-54) between 2007 and 2017, and 65 percent of counties will lose more prime workers in the next decade. Forty-one percent of U.S. counties, home to 38 million people, are "experiencing rates of demographic decline similar to Japan's," the report found. And "the demographic challenges facing large parts of the country are not benign," the authors add. "Demographic decline and population loss are not just symptoms of place-based economic decline, they are direct causes of it."

For example, "a shrinking supply of working-age people can prompt employers to look elsewhere to expand, making it harder for local governments to raise enough taxes to pay for infrastructure and education, and encouraging those younger people who remain to head elsewhere for more opportunity," New York Times economics correspondent Neil Irwin explains. These "left-behind" communities "can get stuck in a vicious cycle," potentially hitting "a point of no return that undermines the long-term economic potential of huge swaths of the United States."

The bidding war is going to really drive the MAGAs crazy.



Posted by at April 8, 2019 3:58 AM

  

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