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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Is anyone looking into the construction of secret, underground lairs?

There are now 300 million people in the United States. Three hundred million. Three. Hundred. Freaking. Million. Sorry, but it bears repeating. So does this: It took this country about 200 years to get 200 million people, and about 40 years to add another 100 million. That means we are producing Americans more than twice as efficiently as we used to. At this rate we will hit 400 million by 2020 or so.

i was just reading The Post-Crescent's editorial on this subject, and I find their position on this interesting. Basically, it's "we have to do something about this." Huh? Here's a quote: "These are issues such as Social Security, Medicare, health care, illegal immigration, government spending — to name just a few. Every major problem the nation faces is made more serious because it affects more people as the nation grows. We can try to deal with those issues now — or we can continue to put them off."

Here's my question (and since the person who wrote this is likely reading this blog, consider it a direct question to you, my man): What exactly are we supposed to do? The population is growing crazy fast. Young couples are having babies and dragging them around in those huge three-baby strollers. Old people aren't dying. Dudes are sneaking across the border to put up dry wall and pick berries and work as waiters in Mexican restaurants.

What are we supposed to do about that?

The P-C means government programs will become even more stressed as more people come into the country. But what's threatening these programs right now is the number of people we have right now. So how can we fix them if still more people are standing in line? "Dealing with these issues," then, is figuring out a way not to have so many damn people in this country. It's hard enough to find a decent-paying job or a good parking spot as it is. Besides, whenever we start adding people to the population, very rarely do we find a Jon Stewart, a Jeff Tweedy or a Scarlett Johansson in the mix. It's just more dumb, fat people who will drive the speed limit in the passing lane.

Is anyone looking into the construction of secret, underground lairs? I know underground lairs have a bad rep due to James Bond villians, but below Earth living is a viable option for maximizing our planetary real estate. After all, we have been throwing dead people down there for years. How about some living ones?


Anonymous cheddar said...

Well, I can't speak for the editorial page of The P-C *ahem* but my guess is that the two-man department is swamped by election season and spending hours of each day interviewing candidates and handling increased reader interaction because of the election and are working 12-hour days - partially because they're helping pick up the slack of *AHEM* departed coworkers - and just needed to write a freaking editorial and picked an easy topic with no controversy and wrote an easy editorial because it wasn't even started until 6 p.m. and they just wanted to get out of the office to preserve their sanity.

Just a theory, of course.

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