Is America Really "Full" or is DJT Just Giving Himself More Pinocchios?

Dec 2006
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I've been finding it difficult to believe that the fat orange turd's claims that "America is full!" were valid - but, frankly, doing the research to prove they were lies was just too much work to prove that he was lying about just one more thing. It's hard to believe we've become SO immune to the President of our NATION lying, isn't it?! Luckily, some reporters did the research for me ...
Trump Says the U.S. Is ‘Full.’ Much of the Nation Has the Opposite Problem.
An aging population and a declining birthrate among the native-born population mean a shrinking work force in many areas.

By Neil Irwin and Emily Badger
  • April 9, 2019

    Fewer Working-Age Adults

    Nearly half of Americans live in a county where the prime working-age population (ages 25 to 54) shrank over the last decade.
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  • President Trump has adopted a blunt new message in recent days for migrants seeking refuge in the United States: “Our country is full.”To the degree the president is addressing something broader than the recent strains on the asylum-seeking process, the line suggests the nation can’t accommodate higher immigration levels because it is already bursting at the seams. But it runs counter to the consensus among demographers and economists.
    They see ample evidence of a country that is not remotely “full” — but one where an aging population and declining birthrates among the native-born population are creating underpopulated cities and towns, vacant housing and troubled public finances.
    Local officials in many of those places view a shrinking population and work force as an existential problem with few obvious solutions.

  • “I believe our biggest threat is our declining labor force,” said Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont, a Republican, in his annual budget address this year. “It’s the root of every problem we face.
    “This makes it incredibly difficult for businesses to recruit new employees and expand, harder for communities to grow and leaves fewer of us to cover the cost of state government.”
    Or if you look at a city like Detroit, “many of the city’s problems would become less difficult if its population would start growing,” said Edward Glaeser, a Harvard economist. “All sorts of things like the hangover pension liability become much more solvable if you’re actually looking at new people coming in.”

  • This consensus is visible in official government projections. The Congressional Budget Office foresees the American labor force rising by only 0.5 percent a year over the coming decade, about one-third as fast as from 1950 to 2007. That is a crucial reason that economic growth is forecast to remain well below its late 20th-century levels.

  • This consensus is visible in official government projections. The Congressional Budget Office foresees the American labor force rising by only 0.5 percent a year over the coming decade, about one-third as fast as from 1950 to 2007. That is a crucial reason that economic growth is forecast to remain well below its late 20th-century levels.
    And that, in turn, is reflected in the national fiscal outlook. There are now 2.8 workers for every recipient of Social Security benefits, a rate on track to fall to 2.2 by 2035, according to the program’s trustees. Many state pension plans face even greater demography-induced strains.
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Mar 2019
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Awesome presentation.

However imho i believe that he is speaking more in terms of the welfare system being "full".

That is the real issue here.

Eliminate all subsidies for immigrants and increase worker visa programs and the influx will decrease.

One of the yuuuugest problems is conflicting laws.
 
Dec 2013
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Beware of watermelons
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Sigh....


You guys are walking contradictions.

You cannot increase entitlements and artificially increase the population simultaneously. You seriously have to choose one.
 
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May 2018
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Chicago
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Awesome presentation.

However imho i believe that he is speaking more in terms of the welfare system being "full".

That is the real issue here.

Eliminate all subsidies for immigrants and increase worker visa programs and the influx will decrease.

One of the yuuuugest problems is conflicting laws.
And go after employers who hire illegal immigrants.
 
Likes: DeadEyeDick
Apr 2013
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Canada's immigration policy has for years been based on the perceived need to keep the number of taxpayers sufficient to pay for all the retiring baby-boomers. We have been fortunate enough to have enough skilled people applying that we could be selective. And we often take humanitarian cases, Syrian refugees for example. It works and it helps the country.

My main complaint is that as soon as some individual gets in, they seem to be able to get the entire extended family in, including the boyfriend of the wife's second bridesmaid. (Just a little hyperbole there.)
 

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