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The U.S. impending population crisis


Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Recently we were informed that the U.S. population had just reached the 300 million mark. The announcement was made by most media outlets with little detectable alarm. It was stated as a matter-of-fact occurrence and supplemented with various population trends within that number - not surprisingly, high birth rates, immigration, and increased longevity to name a few. I was taken aback by how little attention and discussion this benchmark received by both the electronic and print media. As a long-time member of the organization ZPG (Zero Population Growth), I was more than a little alarmed.

Since the length of time it takes to add each 100 million in this country has been drastically and frighteningly decreasing from 100 years a century ago to mere decades now (Estimates are that we will reach 400 million by 2043), why aren't we ringing the alarm bells? We have always been led to believe that overpopulation was something that existed in other parts of the world like China, India, and Africa, but we are closing that gap much too rapidly. Another reason why we do not address this impending crisis may be that we still subconsciously attach some level of outmoded reverence or admiration for large family units - more than likely a vestige of our frontier, pioneer mentality. In our great grandparents' day, large families were considered a necessity given the high infant and childhood mortality rate and the need for many hands to help with the labor-intensive, back-breaking work on the prairie. Obviously those conditions no longer exist. Also, there may be fear that any suggestion of fertility limitation would contradict a perceived democratic principle of reproductive freedom.

It would seem, though, that the time has come to face some stark realities about what is actually happening concerning population trends in this country and how we compare to other parts of the world. For example, the United States is now the world's third most populous country, after China and India, and has the highest fertility rate of all industrialized nations. Fertility, or births per woman, contributes to our population growth and must be addressed in order to achieve population stabilization. Keep in mind that replacement level fertility is generally considered by most experts in the field to be 2.1 children per woman because of infant mortality.

Although the fertility rate for "Anglo" Americans is slightly below that magic number of 2.1 (2.03 or 2.06, depen .....
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Coup d' etat

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty. Thomas Jefferson

One warm, sunny, tropical morning in December 1989, I stood in a refugee camp in the Phili ..... 
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"Stay-the-course" is no longer official line on Iraq

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A few short weeks before Americans go to the polls, the administration is making a significant policy change on Iraq: the president will no longer use the words stay-the-course.

For several months, the President has used stay-the-course to ..... 
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Gil's running on empty

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If you take Gil Gutknecht's latest campaign ad at face value, immigration is the most important issue facing America on November 7. And Gil wants you to believe that Seņor Tim Walz is muy soft on border issues and illegal immigrants.

One wou ..... 
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"PIG" as a basis for campaigning

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

It occurs to me that almost all incumbents rely on "pig". It stands for Pork, Incumbency, and Greed in my political lexicon. When I hear an incumbent running on these "principles" it turns me off quickly. This is true whether it is a local, state, o ..... 
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Bush the Elder

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

George Walker Bush, also known as Bush the Younger, Bush the Lesser and Bush the Minor, a Texas cowboy who likes to speak to a "higher father," should not be confused with his real-life dad, George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president.

B ..... 
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It's time to clean house

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Regime change begins at home, I say. That's why I am not voting for Gil Gutknecht or Mark Kennedy in November. I'll vote for Donald Duck, the town drunk, my dead uncle, or T.C. the Twins mascot before I will vote for either of these incumbents. I mi ..... 
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The earth is burning up and we don't seem to care

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Anyone who still scoffs when the global warming subject is brought up must either have his or her head stuck quite deeply into the sand or slept through the past month. In all of my 50-plus years, I cannot remember a spell when it has stayed as hot ..... 
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An immediate cease fire is needed in Lebanon

Wed, Aug 2nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"You see the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s--t and it's all over."

George Bush to Tony Blair at the St. Petersburg G8 Summit, referring to the conflict in Lebanon.

According to Presi ..... 
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