State of the Union Address: Touting More Growth with More People

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State of the Union Address:  Touting More Growth with More People

INTRODUCTION

The President’s annual laundry-listing State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 has already been parsed and probed for advantages and potential traps by major media, political think tanks, interest groups and lobbies.

But what might the current and prospective government programs broad-brushed by the President mean for those interested in population reduction as an urgent need to preserve the nation’s resources and the environment for future generations?

Not surprisingly, the pursuit of economic growth was the holy grail of the State of the Union. The President hailed the post-recession resumption of growth and employment – and the rosy prospects for more of it, if only Congress will cooperate. Congress itself is no less addicted to growth – both demographic and economic – though often favors different means of advancing it than the Executive branch.

But citizens who favor population reduction and ending America’s ravenous depletion of its own natural capital (and that of much of the world) will see a number of the President’s boasted plans and achievements as setbacks on the road to a sustainable future. Just as troubling are the nation’s grave social, demographic and environmental problems that were ignored altogether or glossed over in the report.

First, consider these priorities highlighted in the report and their implications for population size and environmental health.

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David Simcox

David Simcox is a former NPG Senior Advisor. From 1985 to 1992 he was executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. From 1956 to 1985, Simcox was a career diplomat of the U.S. Department of State, with service in diplomatic posts in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and in Washington.  His diplomatic assignments involved formulation of policy for labor, population and migration issues in such countries as Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Brazil and the nations of Indo-China.  Simcox is a frequent contributor on population, immigration and Latin American matters to national newspapers and periodicals and has testified on several occasions before congressional committees on immigration, labor and identification policies.  He holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, American University and the National War College.  Simcox is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and saw service in the Korean conflict.  If you are affiliated with the media and would like to schedule an interview with David, please contact us at 703-370-9510.

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