"When we hit 100 million, it was a celebration of America's might in the world," said Dowell Myers, a professor of urban planning and demography at the University of Southern California. "When we hit 200 million, we were solidifying our position. But at 300 million, we are beginning to be crushed under the weight of our own quality-of-life degradation." [...]
In Los Angeles, the nation's most densely populated metropolitan region and its most heavily Latino area, 300 million will be yet another confirmation that congestion is out of control, Myers predicted.
"I don't think people view population growth as a plus anymore," he said, noting that Angelenos are punished by it "every single day" when they go out in freeway traffic. [ America's Population Set to Top 300 Million , October 12, 2006]
Yes, that's right. The people want limited growth and they want immigration to be legal, controlled and reduced. It's only the greedy elites who want a borderless world, which they imagine will be more profitable for them.
The New York Times' 300 Million editorial yesterday was particularly lame, as it attempted to downplay the negatives with a flippant dismissal of real concerns and an out-of-the-blue personal attack on Pat Buchanan.
Whenever the population odometer hits a huge round number, it creates unease, but we usually get over it. Predictions of planetary famine made the 1968 book "The Population Bomb" a raging bestseller, but today you find it only at garage sales.
The doomsayer's torch has lately been grabbed by cultural sentinels like Patrick Buchanan, whose new bookwarns that the United States is being reconquered by disease-carrying Latinos. Unless Americans of white European descent can Ziploc the borders and start churning out babies, he says, their age of civilizing domination is done for.