CAPS Issues

Analysis of 2010 Census Misses the Mark

July 2011
By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 1990 to 2000, an already bloated U.S. population grew by nearly 33 million (from 248 to 281 million), more than any decade since the Bureau began keeping track in 1790, when there were only 4 million Americans in total. Thus, in a mere 10 years, eight times as many people were added as there were altogether in our country some two centuries earlier, in a stark demonstration of the stunning power of what is known as compound, exponential, or geometric growth.

California’'s Education Crisis Reflects the State’s Overpopulation and Over-Immigration Crisis

June 2011
By Joe Guzzardi, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow

For California to succeed in the 21st century, the state will need a well-educated populace. The foundation for sound learning begins in the K-12 public school system which, sadly, for nearly 40 years, has been in a deep and continuous decline.

Sustainable California: The Unmentionable Problem of Population Growth

By Ric Oberlink, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
September 2010
In 1970, as America celebrated the first Earth Day, the population in California was under 20 million. Since then it has grown steadily and inexorably, and today it has doubled to over 39 million. The California Department of Finance projects that it will exceed 54 million by 2040, an increase from today’s level equivalent to the entire populations of Nicaragua, Norway, and New Zealand. Population density in the state already exceeds that of Europe, and by mid-century will be higher than China’s. This huge increase in the human population has had a severe impact on California’s natural environment and a deleterious effect on the state’s infrastructure, budget, economy, and schools. Further declines seem inevitable unless we take steps to reduce this continuing increase.

No Home for Amnesty in a Sustainable America

Fall 2010
By Maria Fotopoulos, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow

"At the root of any modern nation-state lies the belief that because a given population shares, or can be made to share, certain identifiable characteristics—religion, language, shared history, and so on—it merits an independent existence," wrote historian James L. Gelvin.

American Jackpot: The Remaking of America by Birthright Citizenship

Fall 2009
By Mark Cromer

There is something sublimely grand about the term itself, evoking the notion that the most fundamental civic right an American can possess—citizenship—through which access to virtually all other constitutionally enshrined rights and protections pass, is bestowed to all who are blessed enough to take their first gasp of earthly air on American soil. It is held among our people’s core beliefs as something that is intrinsically American, an iconic reflection of the generous character of the American spirit that delivers on the Statue of Liberty’s plea to send her those huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

First Came the Jobs Americans Wont Do... Now It’s the ’Jobs Americans Aren’t Smart Enough to Do’

When Bill Gates testified on Capitol Hill this spring, he said American business needs more foreign workers. Gates said, ideally, he would prefer no cap on the number that could be brought in to work in the United States. Microsoft is reported to have about 4,000 employees for whom it is now working to obtain permanent residency.