CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 Would Close Loophole

With H.R. 140, the "Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011," the current practice of granting automatic citizenship simply by virtue of a child having been birthed on U.S. soil, regardless of the legal status of the child’s parents, would be eliminated. It’s about time that this legislation was put forth. Instant citizenship has persisted through gross misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment and an...

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New Study Analyzes How Growth Impacts Income, Unemployment, Poverty

Fodor & Associates, a Eugene, Oregon-based consulting firm that specializes in community planning and land use, released a report last month of a study that looked at the connection between growth and economic prosperity in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. Fodor wanted to learn if data actually supported the commonly held belief that many benefits come from growth. Fodor’s study found that...

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Quality of Life and Overpopulation

On any given day in Los Angeles, entering the roadways is an exercise in risking one’s life and testing the limits of one’s patience, whether driving or walking. Maybe some just accept that as "a given" since L.A., with 4 million people now, is the most populated city in California. But when we moved to L.A. some 20 years ago from the East Coast (where drivers were...

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Looking for Hope in the Issues

As I sit behind the computer screen to start writing this blog post, I discard all my ideas for posts that I’ve been considering. It’s Christmas Eve, and I don’t have the heart today to write one more screed about the huge negative impacts of overpopulation and mass unchecked illegal immigration. Since the message of Christmas is one of hope – a message I believe that transcends any particular...

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The U.S. Disconnect Between Unemployment & Population

Last month Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said U.S. unemployment could become entrenched and have a long-term impact on the economy. There’s certainly ample data to support that. In November, 41.9 percent of the unemployed had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. Total unemployment for the month was 9.8 percent (15.1 million American workers), with unemployment significantly higher...

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Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back in Overpopulation Fight

People such as Al Gore are ready to call the overpopulation problem resolved. Gore’s book after “An Inconvenient Truth” gave a particularly rosy view. He wrote, “… the world’s effort to stabilize the growth of human numbers is actually an historic success story,” with the caveat, “albeit in slow motion.” However, such chipperness is tempered with news from countries such as Iran. We see that...

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India, Obama, Toilets and my Cat

President Obama’s trip to India has elevated coverage of the planet’s second most populous country. One Associated Press article that captured the extremes in the country particularly well was headed, "India: Land of many cell phones, fewer toilets." Nearly every impoverished slum family has a cell phone – and sometimes as many as three – in Rafiq Nagar, a...

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Are You an Enemy of the State?

In an interview with Spanish-language network Univision that aired this past week and focused on “immigration reform,” President Obama said, “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think...

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Polygamy & Population

TLC, the channel that’s brought us behavior outside the norm (breeding too many children) with Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar in "19 Kids and Counting," now has added the icky-sounding "Sister Wives" to its roster. Legally married to Meri, but calling three other women his wives too by way of spiritual unions, Kody Brown is the head of a polygamous household in Utah through which he’s sired 13...

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Sanctuary City Advocate is Last Thing California Needs in State Leadership

The Los Angeles Times recently endorsed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for California lieutenant governor, calling him "creative and thoughtful" and "unusually innovative, experimenting with new ways to provide health care, house the homeless and make the city more livable." What the Times failed to mention was that Newsom has presided over a city with a $438 million...

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