3-15-14 – Census Trend Disastrous

by Frank Mazur

In 1790 the population of the United States was 4 million. That grew to 104 million in 1915 and doubled to 205 million in 1970. Today the population is 315 million.

Immigration for years was limited to 270,000 a year and gradually increased to 1million in 1990. Currently Congress is considering raising the number to 2 million a year. The 10-30 million illegals aren’t reflected in these numbers.

The Clinton Administration commissioned an immigration study that concluded the immigration quota should be lowered. It wasn’t. Today, the American people don’t consider immigration reform a priority. Surveys have shown it to be near the bottom of priorities with the economy and jobs near the top.

Assuming Congress will increase the immigration quota to 2 million and, not counting illegals, the projected population of the United States according to the census bureau will increase from 315 million today to 625 million in 2100. If immigration remained at pre-1970 level of 250,000 a year the population in 2100 would be 411 million.

Our national debt is 17 trillion. Federal budgets are accelerating primarily because of entitlement programs. Currently we have over 108 million (not counting social security) dependent on government social programs and those recipients outnumber fulltime employees today. This trend can’t be sustained with the projected population growth and these numbers don’t reflect the illegals who want amnesty and citizenship?

We are in a crisis mode. Our purpose is not to ignore the problem, but to resolve it. We have to act to make sure we have the right balance between growth and resources that we can affordably and realistically provide and not make decisions to satisfy a politically correct agenda.

- Frank Mazur, former Representative from South Burlington, and former member of the Ethan Allen Institute Board of Directors

 

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laurel laframboise March 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Once again a long list of problems and not a single glimmer of a solution. I didn’t include immigration reform in the VoteKISS (Vote to Keep It Short and Simple) bills as I believe government reform, healthcare reform, and tax reform must happen first. I included specific solutions to those problems as well as a vehicle to make them happen in an era of political constipation. Learn more at http://www.votekiss.org

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