Demographic winter? Republicans ensur...

Demographic winter? Republicans ensuring their own demise

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1776 Defucker

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jun 23, 2013
Last week, news broke of a demographic turning point for the United States: For the first time in perhaps a century, deaths among non-Hispanic whites outnumber births. The fact that the nation hit this benchmark is not astonishing: It was expected that at some point in the next 10 years, the baby boomers whose generational progress has shaped our nation's concerns and culture would pass away in numbers too great for the existing birthrate to replace them. What was future, however, is now present. That seminal moment in America's demographic history is now here, roughly 10 years ahead of schedule. And while the sociocultural consequences of America's continuing color shift are certainly up for debate, the political consequences are far less so.

Any analysis of this country's political predilections reveals that the metaphorical eggs of Republicans rest entirely in one basket: the votes of older white people. According to the exit polls conducted by the New York Times of the 2012 presidential election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney won 59 percent of white voters, and 56 percent of voters over age 65. The intersection of those two areas is the demographic base of the Republican Party, and it is dying. Markos Moulitsas posited this week that conservatives' endeavors to weaken the social safety net have made it harder for these seniors who comprise the Republican base to stay alive. Even without that, however, the simple demographics of the aging boomer generation would have ensured that this tipping point would occur sooner rather than later. Republican economic policies are still responsible for this milestone's overhasty arrival, but the real consequences are being felt at the generational front end instead:

Even before the 2008 crash, childlessness among American women ages 40 to 44 of all races and ethnicities had steadily increased for a decade, with the proportion of childless women doubling from 10 percent in 1980 to 20 percent today. But the negative trend has accelerated since the Great Recession began. In 2007 the fertility rate in America was 2.12 and had been holding nearly steady for decades at about replacement rateĀ—the highest level of any advanced country. In just half a decade since, the rate has dropped to 1.9, the lowest since 1920 (when reliable records began being kept) and just half of the peak rate in 1957, in the midst of the baby boom, according to the Pew Research Center. Now projections of future U.S. population growth are diving, with the census estimate for 2050 down almost 10 percent from the mark predicted in 2008.

The white population, however, is going to experience a decline larger than that of other groups. Over the past three decades birthrates among whites have been lower than those of African-Americans, as well as those of Hispanic origin. So while the economic collapse has affected birthrates across all categories, whites have been particularly hard-hit in terms of being able to maintain replacement rate, especially considering the fact that the baby boom generation is predominantly white.
Dumb F______ Liberals

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jun 23, 2013
Schmahlbagger

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Jun 23, 2013
If you are that concerned, I'll gladly post the source.

But it does give you something to whine about, so it's worth leaving the source off.
Shameless Site

Grantsburg, WI

#4 Jun 23, 2013
Schmahlbagger wrote:
If you are that concerned, I'll gladly post the source.
But it does give you something to whine about, so it's worth leaving the source off.
No Integrity Sheeple,

Well duh!

No need to post a Link, it isn't as though you have ever had an Original Thought, and you have always echoed your Plantation Massa's words like the empty headed Parrot you are.
Drunken Consistent

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jun 23, 2013
Here's a link for you: AA Meetings in Grantsburg, Wisconsin:

http://www.area74.org/district23.pdf
Shameless Site

Grantsburg, WI

#6 Jun 23, 2013
Drunken Consistent wrote:
Here's a link for you: AA Meetings in Grantsburg, Wisconsin:
http://www.area74.org/district23.pdf
Racist,

Why do you come on here and post your Kool Aid Talking Pints, get slapped down for being the Iddiiooot you are, and then come back with more Name Stealing, and childlike reactionary posts when your feelings are hurt?

Do you really not know how Stuuupiid you are
Drunken Consistent Loses

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jun 23, 2013
Last week, news broke of a demographic turning point for the United States: For the first time in perhaps a century, deaths among non-Hispanic whites outnumber births. The fact that the nation hit this benchmark is not astonishing: It was expected that at some point in the next 10 years, the baby boomers whose generational progress has shaped our nation's concerns and culture would pass away in numbers too great for the existing birthrate to replace them. What was future, however, is now present. That seminal moment in America's demographic history is now here, roughly 10 years ahead of schedule. And while the sociocultural consequences of America's continuing color shift are certainly up for debate, the political consequences are far less so.

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