Recipe to save dying counties: Get a meatpacking plant!
Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 14, 2013
And, immigrant workers to go with it!
Honest to goodness, that is part of the prescription offered by AP reporter cum opinion writer, Hope Yen, in a story headlined: ‘Census shows record 1 in 3 US counties now dying.’
And, the only way to save them is to increase the population and pour in the immigrants as the baby boomers start leaving this life. But, she offers not one shred of evidence that pouring in the immigrants brings economic recovery. Frankly, the only economic boost poor and uneducated immigrants might bring a city or county is because with them come FEDERAL WELFARE dollars!
Longtime readers here know what meatpackers have brought to some towns in the Midwest and South—demands for religious accommodation for Muslims, ethnic squabbles, crime, Section 8 housing, overstressed school systems, food stamp fraud and the list goes on.
So, to Ms Yen and her comrades—population increases will not save a county or city when the population is an economic drain and causes social upheaval—-just ask France (Moroccans), Germany (Turks), Greece (Afghans) and the UK (Pakis) if the immigrant hordes have brought an overall benefit to their economies. Heck, we recently learned that Germany was sending its elderly pensioners to Eastern Europe and Asia for their nursing home care because the Germans couldn’t afford their old people.
Here is the AP story, but first read about how immigration is killing Dekalb County, Georgia (here yesterday). Why do these pro-immigration news(?) reports never bother to mention the downside? And, you might also re-visit Professor Kotkin who also jumps to the conclusion that more diversity brings positive change here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A record number of U.S. counties – more than 1 in 3 – are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.
New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.
The findings also reflect the increasing economic importance of foreign-born residents as the U.S. ponders an overhaul of a major 1965 federal immigration law. Without new immigrants, many metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and St. Louis would have posted flat or negative population growth in the last year. [Why the assumption that population growth means economic growth, unless we are counting state and federal welfare dollars?—ed]
“Immigrants are innovators, entrepreneurs, they’re making things happen. They create jobs,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, at an immigration conference in his state last week. Saying Michigan should be a top destination for legal immigrants to come and boost Detroit and other struggling areas, Snyder made a special appeal: “Please come here.”
Frankly, Governor Snyder that is gobbledegook! MOST immigrants starting businesses could never get the business off the ground without government support like the micro-loans supported by taxpayer dollars we are distributing like Pez candy! Just look around your own local city—how many immigrant-run restaurants survive more than a year or so? Now, convenience stores might survive a little longer as they are scamming SNAP (food stamp) programs to keep themselves afloat.
Again, this scribe at AP reports as a good thing for (we presume) the economy that the US population is growing thanks to immigrants. But, let me ask, is there some point when population has grown enough? Is it just possible that some towns and counties are going to decline in population? Or, is there no upper limit?
….the U.S. population as a whole continues to grow, boosted by immigration from abroad and relatively higher births among the mostly younger migrants from Mexico, Latin America and Asia.
Quoting a sociology professor at the Univ. of New Hampshire: solve your economic woes with something dramatic—get a meatpacking plant!
Unless something dramatic changes – for instance, new development such as a meatpacking plant to attract young Hispanics – these areas are likely to have more and more natural decrease.”
It’s not the immigrants, it is the federal money!
Near the very end of this pro-open borders pitch, comes one line that is really closer to the truth about how some cities are surviving and some aren’t—-those surviving are at the receiving end of a federal money pipeline!
Since 2010, many of the fastest-growing U.S. metro areas have also been those that historically received a lot of federal dollars…
So what happens when the federal flow begins to slow? Get ready for chaos as all the minority and immigrant groups, used to surviving on ‘social welfare’, see the money dry up. This can’t go on forever. We all know that.
For new readers: If you would like to know more about the multi-culti joys of meatpacking towns, visit our Greeley/Swift/Somali controversy category (86 posts!). Or, for other places in the US where the refugee program via the US State Department supplies meatpacking labor, just type ‘meatpacker’ into our search function.
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