“Cities have been overcrowded and those fleeing them often contribute to suburban sprawl. How many McMansions have built on once-pristine farmland; land which can never again be used for the production of food? Craig Lewis, 12/9/13”
“"The crux of modern America’s problems is not left or right, but “too much” and “too soon.” Our national population has soared in recent decades. The 1950 federal census recorded 131,669,275 people living in this country. Fast forward sixty years, and the most recent census states that 308,745,538 persons live here.
Since 1950, has the average American’s quality of life increased or decreased? " Craig Lewis, 12/9/13”
“Consider a landlord with 400 units, netting $600 per month, renting to families of four (2 adults, 2 children) with family income of $1,200 per month
Consider that he owns 10 acres of additional developable residential land.
The families are on welfare and food stamps in the amount of $1,000 per month
The mother works as a bank teller
2 children in K12 school at $2,000 per month from all taxpayers, including $100 in taxes from each welfare family
$100 per month of rent is property tax expense to the landlord.
The landlord's state and federal tax are at 40%.
Then the landlord nets $1,728,000 per year after taxes of $1,152,000.
The total annual cost to all taxpayers but the welfare families is $11,520,000
Less the landlord's contribution it's $9,792,000
So - the landlord makes a million a year, and other taxpayers pay eleven million.
Do you think the landlord lobbies for more poor immigrants?
You can do the numbers for the hotel/motel, fast food and general retail industries. What do you think they lobby for?”
“Also see the report by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Partnership for a New American Economy (Jacob L. Vigdor) in which he claims that more than 40 million immigrants currently in the united states have increased housing prices nationwide by $3.7 trillion.
"How, precisely, does more expensive real estate aid young renters screwed over by student loans seeking affordable housing?" Business Insider, August 7th”
“"No factor is more important than parental engagement in their kids' education" you are so right. Yet there are people who expect others to provide that support. ”
Acid Reflux on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:12:36
“And, to be fair, there are parents who can't provide it. A single mother working two jobs and keeping food on the table is not going to be able to be as active as she should. But LOTS of parents who have no such excuse have happily ceded to the schools almost total responsibility for their kids. All anyone has to do to prove the importance of parental support and participation is look at the grade point averages, graduation rates, and college/graduate school statistics of Asian-Americans, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. And many of these kids are coping with English as a second language.”
“I don't agree with your bifurcation.The "Top 3 “richest” people in the country are all Democrats. This list includes: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett & Larry Ellison are all Democrats. Together, they are worth $126 Billion Dollars." from the New American Gazette.”
“Yes, humans need food, water and shelter. Yes, it is a competition. Most definitely. At my freshmen orientation we were told: look to your left, then to your right. Of the three of you, only two will be here at the beginning of senior year. Later, in corporate America, we fired the bottom 5% every year.”
“"If the current immigration laws are repealed, the number of immigrants next year will increase threefold and in subsequent years will increase even more ... shall we, instead, look at this situation realistically and begin solving our own unemployment problems before we start tackling the world's?" - Rep. William Miller of New York, in a letter to The New York Times, Sept. 8, 1964)
The powers that be drowned out his concerns . . .”
h3ll0meganx on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:59:59
“IT'S NOT A COMPETITION. Humans are humans and need food and water and shelter and clothing, no matter where they come from.”
““In light of our 5 percent unemployment rate, our worries over the so called population explosion, and our menacingly mounting welfare costs, are we prepared to embrace so great a horde of the world’s unfortunates? At the very least, the hidden mathematics of the bill should be made clear to the public so that they may tell their Congressmen how they feel about providing jobs, schools, homes, security against want, citizen education, and a brotherly welcome ... for an indeterminately enormous number of aliens from underprivileged lands.” ...Whatever may be our benevolent intent toward many people, [the bill] fails to give due consideration to the economic needs, the cultural traditions, and the public sentiment of the citizens of the United States.” (Myra C. Hacker, Vice President of the New Jersey Coalition, U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 681–687.)
They blew her off . . .”
“"The connection between the oversupply of labour and plummeting living standards for the poor is one of the more robust generalisations in history." Peter Turchin, Return of the oppressed, aeon magazine.
“After World War I, laws were passed [the 1924 Johnson–Reed Act] severely limiting immigration. Only a trickle of immigrants has been admitted since then. . .By keeping labor supply down, immigration restriction tends to keep wages high. Let us underline this basic principle: Limitation of the supply of any grade of labor relative to all other productive factors can be expected to raise its wage rate; an increase in supply will, other things being equal, tend to depress wage rates” Paul Samuelson, quoted by Professor George Borjas, Harvard
"JEDDAH: Saudis have begun complaining of surging labour costs following the exodus of a million foreign workers, although economists insist there will be long-term planning benefits from fully regulating the market." in The Economic Times, November 7, 2013”
“"Making sure parents take a more constructive role in children's education?" How are you going to do that?”
jd2020 on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:23:22
“Giver parents the support they need to raise their children. Most other countries do exactly that.”
Acid Reflux on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:04:59
“Yeah, and the kicker is that that should be numbers 1, 2, and 3. No factor is more important than parental engagement in their kids' education ant support for the importance of the entire process. Everything else is in fourth place or below.”
Claudia L on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:29:16
“The kids who really need help - their parents can't read the form for the parent/teacher conference no less help them with their homework.”
“So - is this all about "Diverting more [federal] government spending toward education?" It's telling (even dishonest?) that the article makes no mention of the largest sources of school funding: state and local (property) taxes.”
NKNK on Dec 10, 2013 at 01:38:58
“It's telling that schools depend on local funding in the US, whereas in all of those countries that are successful at educating their citizens, the burden is shared by all, that is, the funding is on the level of the nation. So you don't end up with the cruel inequalities that children live with from the day they are born, e.g. if they are poor and live in poor areas, their schools have no resources, their teachers are underpaid, etc, etc, everything conspiring to keep the next generation less educated and still poor.”
“I was trying to be sarcastic. Plenty of people saw things coming . . .but their voices were drowned out by the powers that be. Case 1, one of the most egregious - Hart Celler (Myra Hacker, Myra C. Hacker, Vice President of the New Jersey Coalition, to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, 1965; Rep. William Miller of New York, in a letter to The New York Times, Sept. 8, 1964); Case 2 - The Fiscal Crisis (Elliott Harris Levitas, Rhodes Scholar, former U.S. Representative from Georgia's 4th congressional district; Kathleen Day, journalist);Case 3 - NAFTA (Ross Perot); Case 4 - 9/11 (Hart - Rudman)”