Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Conservatives for Overpopulation: Jeb Bush/Immigration Edition

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Right. So how hard is it to see that there is a problem with the view that we should pump up the population in order to pump up the economy? Simple question, Jeb: can this strategy work over the long run?

Absolutely astonishing. We finally start getting our own birth rate down, and the response is: let's bring in a lot more people with higher birth rates! If that strategy should somehow fail, should we start working on clones maybe?

Jesus Christ. The population problem is manageable now. We could get ourselves on a decent trajectory toward a sane population without much pain. But if we wait until the problem is too serious to ignore, it's going to be a lot harder to solve.

Tell me we need to allow more people into the country for humanitarian reasons, and I'll listen. I'm not going to be a pushover on the point, but I'll certainly listen. Tell me you want to let in more people in order to grow the economy, and the conversation is over.

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