Demographics are important. By looking at population trends, you can estimate conditions in the future. For example, European Americans have a population replacement rate somewhat less than that necessary to maintain their numbers. They just don’t have enough children so they (we) are becoming a smaller and smaller portion of the population.
That means an ever-increasing burden on our children to pay our entitlements and the country’s debt. The only solution I can see, unless you force people to have children, is immigration. Unfortunately, the vast majority of illegal immigrants do not have the skills to make lots of money. They can’t be taxed heavily enough to pay the bills coming due. In fact, in these United States poor people actually don’t pay any income tax; they get our tax money paid to them. The push for “amnesty” is an attempt to create a dependent voting block that will always vote for whoever promises them the “biggest piece of the pie”. Anyone that says amnesty will result in more taxes paid is lying.
Victor Davis Hanson is a favorite pundit/blogger. He has a background in history and he often explores George Santayana’s dictum that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
His recent post on the immigration law in Arizona is quite thoughtful and well worth reading. His blog is here: http://victorhanson.com/
And the link to the specific article is here: http://victorhanson.com/articles/hanson042810.html