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It’s the Liberals, Stupid

By Leah Nelson on October 6, 2011 - 1:42 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Whether unmasking crypto-Muslim conspiracies, revealing the secret source of Hitler’s power, or scrutinizing the president’s past for signs of fraud, the tireless fantasists at Joseph Farah’s far-right WorldNetDaily always have the news behind the news.

So what’s the latest?

This: Because white people are not having enough babies, America is in for 20 years of economic stagnation. So says WND columnist Michael Master in a Sept. 29 “exclusive.” Master, an amateur economist who is buddies with James David Manning, the Harlem preacher who in a highly theatrical trial last year “convicted” Obama of fraud, says, “If the U.S. truly wants to fix the root causes to [sic] the economy, then it needs to take a hard look into the causes of the low birthrates to Caucasians.”

“Let’s start with these,” he continues. “Feminists. Gays. Teachers. Entertainers. Men who feel no responsibilities. Abortion on demand. Secularists. Environmentalists. Courts/lawyers/the ACLU. The New World Order.

“And what do these all have in common? They all promote the liberal philosophy.”

In other words, It’s the liberals, stupid.

Master’s fear-mongering is based in part on half-truths about demographic shifts.

America is aging: According to a U.S. Census Bureau report issued last May, the number of Americans 65 and older will more than double between 2010 and 2050, from 40.2 to 80.5 million. And it’s true that mainstream economists have for some time suggested that under certain circumstances, economic recovery could be hindered as spending and consumption habits change to reflect the graying population’s needs.

Piggybacking on these facts, Master – who uses the term “Caucasian” interchangeably with the word “people,” (as in, “the decrease in America right now was caused by the low birthrates to Caucasians from 1970 to 1985 – and the number of people … does not improve until 2022”) admonishes whites to “[l]ook at the Hispanic and black populations in the U.S. today. … They love(d) children. This current Caucasian generation in the U.S. and Western Europe does not.”

Unless whites abandon their hedonistic, immoral distaste for children, he says, America is in for years of economic stagnation.

It’s true that the fertility rate has declined both in the U.S. and worldwide. Under certain circumstances, economists say, that could lead to stagnation. It’s already happening in Japan, where a rapidly aging population and a decline in the fertility rate mean that each working-age person has to support an increasing number of dependent elderly retirees.

But there is a broad consensus among experts (here and here and here, for instance) that Japan – which has one of the world’s most restrictive immigration policies – could mitigate the effects of aging by opening its doors to newcomers. Unfortunately, influential conservatives there revile the idea of welcoming foreigners, suggesting instead that Japanese families should have more children.

Sound familiar?

The thing about that “solution,” economists say, is that it would actually intensify the demographic/economic problem. Women who have more children tend to work less, thus increasing the number of dependents supported by the already overburdened working population.

Fortunately, the U.S. has a better alternative already in the works. According to the Census Bureau report, “projected immigration into the working age groups tends to mitigate the impact. … The country’s aging is slowed somewhat by immigration of younger people.” In the next four decades, the report says, the overall population – especially among younger people – will become more racially diverse, with the population of minorities surpassing that of non-Hispanic whites by 2042.

Clearly, this is what has Master’s tinsel in a tangle. His WND article is explicitly based on the idea that America risks going down the same road to stagnation as Japan – and for the same reason. And instead of looking to the already-existing solution (as predicted in the Census Bureau report), he offers an alternative that has, as demonstrated by Japan, a proven track record of not working.

Master says he’s worried about the economy, but what really frightens him, it seems, is change. The only solution to the “problem” as he sees it is a time machine.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    No George, the difference is that conservatives are paranoid, fearful, ignorant morons.

    Illegals, gays, and feminists. There’s an interesting coalition. I wonder what their meetings are like.

  • George

    I will break this down so even the liberals can understand. The big difference between the right and the left:
    Liberals think they are right
    Conservatives KNOW they are right.

    Anyone who cant see that the illegals ,gays and feminists in this country are trying to spread there agenda and take us for everything we are worth are nothing but ignorant, emotional, leftists with no confidence.

  • majii

    Well done, Ruslan, well done! Too many Americans have only emotions to back up their positions regarding undocumented immigrants, and pretend that they provide nothing to American society when the research clearly shows that they they pay taxes, generally stay out of trouble, and are family-oriented.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “This is a deliberate invasion.”

    Nope. You need to look up the definition of invasion.

    ” It is the ILLEGALS who are attacking.”

    Attacking? With what? Masonry and other construction skills?

    ” It is the illegals that are trying to make slaves of the American taxpayers. They don’t want equal treatment – they want PREFERENTIAL treatment and they want us to work to pay their bills as well as our own!”

    Maybe you’re blind or something, so if that’s the case I apologize in advance. But in any case, those “illegals” as you call them are working their asses off to build your roads, shopping centers, and homes. They’re cleaning up after your employers and their doing dangerous work processing your food in meatpacking plants. They aren’t asking for anything from you.

    “The U.S. govt reimburses hospitals for each illegal & ‘minority’ they treat. Guess who is omitted? THIS is DISCRIMINATION & affects quality of healthcare, length of stay, pain meds given (or NOT if you’re white), & any follow up care after surgery such as transfer to a convalescent facility and/or physical therapy.”

    If you are trying to claim that white people who cannot pay for emergency room care are turned away you are flat out wrong. Sorry.

    ” Illegals get it all for FREE. They get PREFERENTIAL treatment. The Americans – including our own disabled – not only do NOT get all this but are taxed & expected to pay not only their own bills but those of the able-bodied illegals.”

    Don’t you think it would be good if the government provided health insurance to all Americans(not just the indigent), instead of paying for more wars?

    ” I have a disabled friend who lives in pain 24/7 and has been hospitalized many times. He was being kicked out too early, versus the illegal he shared the room with, & though his doctor fought for him it was to no avail. The doctor actually patted his shoulder saying, “I’m sorry you can’t get the care you need. It’s because you’re the wrong color.”

    Sorry but we can’t take this claim on face value.

    “Yet the able-bodied illegal could stay since the U.S. govt was paying for it! Drs. and nurses all know this but their hands are tied.”

    Question, how did you know the man was illegal?

    “NOBODY should get a free ride, especially not ILLEGAL immigrants! The solution is so simple (other than drug runners). Pass a law that ANY ILLEGAL caught in the US will be FOREVER BARRED from LEGAL entry in the future and give them 90 days to clear out before it goes into effect! No immigrant who truly wants to be part of our society would risk coming here knowing they may NEVER be able to enter our country for any purpose whatsoever in the future would EVER try to enter illegally again!! Oh, and what would the cost be to us tax payers to dramatically stop the flow of illegals?? ZERO $”

    No, this solution is idiotic. The solution is to make legal immigration easier by facilitating work visas and granting 90 -tourist visas upon entering the US, which is what US citizens enjoy in most of the world.

  • Dee100

    This is a deliberate invasion. It is the ILLEGALS who are attacking. It is the illegals that are trying to make slaves of the American taxpayers. They don’t want equal treatment – they want PREFERENTIAL treatment and they want us to work to pay their bills as well as our own!

    The U.S. govt reimburses hospitals for each illegal & ‘minority’ they treat. Guess who is omitted? THIS is DISCRIMINATION & affects quality of healthcare, length of stay, pain meds given (or NOT if you’re white), & any follow up care after surgery such as transfer to a convalescent facility and/or physical therapy. Illegals get it all for FREE. They get PREFERENTIAL treatment. The Americans – including our own disabled – not only do NOT get all this but are taxed & expected to pay not only their own bills but those of the able-bodied illegals. I have a disabled friend who lives in pain 24/7 and has been hospitalized many times. He was being kicked out too early, versus the illegal he shared the room with, & though his doctor fought for him it was to no avail. The doctor actually patted his shoulder saying, “I’m sorry you can’t get the care you need. It’s because you’re the wrong color.” Yet the able-bodied illegal could stay since the U.S. govt was paying for it! Drs. and nurses all know this but their hands are tied.

    I’ve witnessed this for the last 22 years and will testify to the truth loud and clear in any court, anytime, anywhere. This garbage must STOP.

    NOBODY should get a free ride, especially not ILLEGAL immigrants! The solution is so simple (other than drug runners). Pass a law that ANY ILLEGAL caught in the US will be FOREVER BARRED from LEGAL entry in the future and give them 90 days to clear out before it goes into effect! No immigrant who truly wants to be part of our society would risk coming here knowing they may NEVER be able to enter our country for any purpose whatsoever in the future would EVER try to enter illegally again!! Oh, and what would the cost be to us tax payers to dramatically stop the flow of illegals?? ZERO $

  • Leslie

    There appears to be a baby boom going on in liberal Hollywood. Apparently WND doesn’t read People magazine. http://tinyurl.com/3wylocq

  • DrMJG

    Is WND going not to publish a list of good paying jobs, with security and pensions, that the “people” can be assured will be there to support this new baby boom? How about college guarantees for these kids? Oh, wait, the only want more drones to fill the low paying jobs to keep the rich richer. Sorry, how could I have thought they wanted to support families and workers.

    As well, Master needs to publish the number and ages of all the kids of the staff at WND, as well as himself, to show they practice what they preach. Come on now! Fewer than 6 kids per family will be taken as proof that they do not believe what they preach and will also be a sign of de facto proof that they use the very birth control methods that their editorial pages also want to have banned under their proposed personhood legislation!