America is Under-populated: Fix It

Provocative case for America being under-populated country. I have colleagues who argue same thing, and I’m torn. I get the argument, and there is much to be said for, in practical terms, importing the developing world into this one while the U.S. still can, but … there are many persuasive arguments against it as well.

But not a single Republican candidate has spoken up for the idea that America is an under-populated country. In terms of population density, it is, at 83 persons a square mile, an impoverished country, barely a quarter of the rich density of China, which is running way behind India. America just has enormous room for population growth.

via A GOP Default – October 18, 2011 – The New York Sun.

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Comments

  1. Kirk says:

    I strongly believe that we need to improve the social cohesion of our existing population before we can meaningfully address immigration/growth issues

    • Guest says:

      Agree.

      This is a very dangerous game. Particularly these days.

      (1) Political process is corrupted by corporate interests (they love the idea of immigration->cheap labour)
      (2) Current social cohesion is getting worse
      (3) There is reasons why new couples are having less kids (poorer economic prospects)
      (4) They should consider the socially destructive things that have gone on in parts of Europe regarding immigration
      (5) Constant economic growth is a fallacy, slowdowns are natural as in nature (immigration is not the answer)
      (6) Under populated based on what measure?

  2. Alan says:

    I've done business in Taiwan and Japan and have marveled at the planning done to locate universities, factories, transportation and contractors in a focal area to facilitate manufacturing for a target industry.
    We need to do that here and keep our population at place where we can enjoy our environment and have stable well paying employment and economical growth.

  3. Lord says:

    The best argument for us not being underpopulated is we import more than we export, especially commodities like oil. Resource exporters like AU, NZ, CA, are all doing fairly well even during these times.

  4. Tom McCarten says:

    The United States and similarly Europe, can not consider any significant growth in immigration for the simple reason that they are bankrupt.

    Entitlements and other benefits such as education and health would aggravate an already egregious financial disaster made worse by the political class, clamoring for election on your already tarnished dime.

    Don't ever think of it until you've figured out how dig you way out of this financial madness.

  5. nyet says:

    This idea is just annoying. I think the economists with the mechanistic frame of mind to dream up these things should be sent to re-education camps where they must study world history. Grow up.

  6. Alan Hulings says:

    Once a nation provides a relatively high level of economic guarantees (medicaid, medicare, SNAP, Supplemental Security Income) there is no longer any such thing as cheap labor, immigrant or otherwise. There is only expensive labor, with the residual and interesting question of who is paying for the services as opposed to who is externalizing costs. It is no different if we use Chinese cheap labor, only the externalities vary. Off-shore manufacturing by US corporations externalizes the costs we bear due their discarded workers, structural unemployment born by the entire US tax base. Only grotesque borrowing by the Treasury to increase hiring in health care, education, and defense hides the process until it cannot be hidden. It softens the blow until it doesn't.

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