Thursday, May 17, 2007

Americans Move Out

We hear and read a lot about the polarization of America: Democrats versus Republicans, the culture wars between liberals and conservatives, the religious right versus the secular left. Now we find that people are voting with their feet.

Dave Young sent me an article by Michael Barone from the WSJ that deals with “
The Realignment of America.” In large numbers, Americans are now moving out of, not into, the “Coastal Megalopolises” while immigrants are moving in. Since 2000, the old coastal cities (Boston, NYC, Washington, Miami, San Diego, LA, San Francisco..) have experienced an outflow of native born Americans averaging 650,000 per year balanced by an inflow of immigrants, many of them illegal.

Where are the Americans going? It’s not to the suburbs. The outflow is moving to heartland cities across the nation: Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Tampa, California's Inland Empire, Sacramento, Austin, Raleigh, Nashville, Richmond, and the big winner, Las Vegas, with a whopping 19% domestic inflow. These are economic dynamos that are driving much of America's growth, with much less economic polarization and a higher percentage of traditional families than in the “Coastal Megalopolises.”

Barone predicts some profound political ramifications. Democrats, who decry the widening economic gap in the nation, are in charge of the cities where the gap is widening most visibly. They live in “exquisitely decorated Park Avenue apartments and Beverly Hills mansions with immigrant servants passing the hors d'oeuvres.” Meanwhile the Interior Boomtowns voted 56% for George W. Bush in 2004 and states dominated by the Boomtowns (Texas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Nevada) are projected to pick up 10 House seats in the 2010 Census. Good for the GOP, but not good for the nation.

Phil Clark sent me a follow-up article “The Coming Great Divide in American Political Culture” by J.R. Dunn. (in The American Thinker). The demographic trends indicate that “we're headed for an even more serious social schism between the heartland and the coastal metropolises. The heartland (along with smaller cities and towns on the coasts) will be comprised of melting-pot Americans, the coastal cities a bewildering melange of immigrants from all points of the compass, topped with an exceedingly thin layer of ultra-wealthy natives.” Think Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

Unlike all previous immigrant influxes, today’s political correctness and multiculturalism remove all reasons for immigrants to adapt to their new country. With no particular pressure to fit in, the new immigrants will cling to their traditions, worldviews, and customs, many conflicting with ours and with those of other immigrant groups. The result will be Babel.

The Senate compromise crafted today by Ted Kennedy and John McCain is yet another nail in the coffin for e pluribus unum.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like what Glen Beck had to say, America is for Americans!! Let's start a letter writing campaign and send it to all on your blog and in all emails. I will write up a letter and put our senators on and let's get going! Elections are coming up and they should be responsive during that time.


3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actual letter from an Iowa resident and sent to his senator:

The Honorable Tom Harkin
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative.

Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent,

Donald Ruppert
Burlington, IA

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a copy of the Wall Street Journal and look at the article on the HUGE immigrant numbers with Hispanics being the dominant minority population now!! LA is going to become a third world country soon and with all the push to "fund" opporutnities for these folks at our expense, we will see jobs and salaries drop in LA. This is a typical pattern for sociologists!!


3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was growing up, New York was known for its ethnic
neighborhoods. Now, drive around greater Los Angeles and notice the
official city signs proclaiming, "Koreatown, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Pueblo District, Little Saigon, Little Manila...". But for local ordinances that requires that each business establishment also have a small sign with its name in English
for the benefit of emergency responders, some of these neighborhoods could just as easily be in a foreign country. The question is whether they will assimilate eventually. With ballots conveniently printed in
foreign languages, many foreign language newspapers, TV and radio
stations, movie theaters and instructions on everything printed in three or more languages, what is the incentive?


3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have moved to El Paraiso, Mexico. An American expatriate colony of 3,000 is there to welcome you. An American-style shopping mall is within walking distance. Your television receives every American network, including the cables. Many American-style restaurants are available. The L.A. Times arrives in your mailbox daily. There is an American country club a mile away. There are English-speaking schools in the neighborhood. The Mexican government has offered you dual citizenship, and a convenient English-speaking ballot. Virtually nothing you buy comes without instructions in English. All of the businesses have English signs and bilingual employees. So: Do you learn Spanish? Do you assimilate? Hmmm, you think. And is there supposed to be a reason to?


3:17 PM  

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