This Is Too Easy
WASHINGTON -- Southern and Western states are growing so much faster than the rest of the country that several are expected to grab House seats from the Northeast and Midwest when Congress is reapportioned in 2010.
The projections are based on state population estimates by the Census Bureau. The bureau released its July 2005 estimates today, showing that Nevada grew at a faster rate than any other state for the 19th consecutive year, followed by Arizona, Idaho, Florida and Utah.
Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts lost population, as did the District of Columbia. The populations of North Dakota, Ohio and Michigan grew, but at a slower rate than others.
mAss Backwards - December 22, 2005:
Unless the state legislature can come up with a way to count all the illegal aliens in Massachusetts as lawful residents (and don't tell me they're not working on it already), expect to see the same results in the year-end tally....and next year...and the year after that...
Boston Herald - January 19, 2007:
Bay State officials seeking to save a coveted congressional seat are turning for help to residents who can’t even vote: illegal immigrants.
A census of the often-maligned underground residents - who face constant calls for their deportation - could be critical to reaching a population total that could preserve the seat.
"We need to chase them," Secretary of State William Galvin said yesterday, stressing the need for an "all local" hunt for everyone living here.
Yes, the mentality of the Massachusetts politician has gone from that of Barnstable native, James Otis...
"Taxation without representation is tyranny."
...to that of Secretary of State Bill Galvin and the current crop of parasitic hacks pretending to represent the economic interests of the citizens of Massachusetts.
"Representation without taxation is just fine by us!"
So, what the people of Massachusetts have to look forward to now is more of their tax dollars being used to fund even more government handouts for illegal aliens (drivers licenses, college tuition discounts, free healthcare, food stamps, etc.), for the sole purpose of preserving the political clout of the all-Democrat Massachusetts congressional delegation.
Oh, and don't forget. You'll also be subsidizing their car insurance premiums. Well, at least for the couple dozen illegal immigrants who actually purchase car insurance.
Rather than do anything to encourage businesses and individuals to move into Massachusetts, these idiots seem to be perfectly content to simply write off these yearly population losses, as if there's nothing that can be done to reverse the trend, and make up the difference by luring more and more illegal immigrants into the state with a big taxpayer-funded carrot.
Needless to say, the end result will be more high-paying jobs and higher-educated and skilled workers leaving the state, and a continuation of the current influx of low-skilled, uneducated workers entering Massachusetts.
Of course, this suits Governor Patrick just fine. The faster the state economy crumbles, the sooner he gets to go on the air and announce the newest "fiscal crisis" to hit the Commonwealth, which will be then used as justification for the next round of tax hikes. Which will then be used to fund more programs to encourage illegal immigration, which will then...
Well, you get the picture.
Now, for the record, I wholeheartedly support any such carrot-on-a-stick measures they can come up with to encourage more illegals to move to Massachusetts, just so long as the end result is the net decline in the illegal immigrant population of my new home state of New Hampshire.
Have I mentioned "SUCKERS!" lately?
UPDATE: From the US Census website:
Congressional Apportionment--Who's Counted
The apportionment calculation is based upon the total resident population (citizens and noncitizens) of the 50 states. In Census 2000, the apportionment population also includes U.S. Armed Forces personnel and federal civilian employees stationed outside the United States (and their dependents living with them) that can be allocated back to a home state. These segments were included in the apportionment population in the 1970 and 1990 censuses, too. The population of the District of Columbia is not included in the apportionment population.
So, apparently, individuals who are in the country illegally have always been, in theory, counted toward the apportionment of congressional seats.
I did not know that.
Not that it changes my opinon on this matter any.
Nor, does it change the fact that this "solution" being proposed by Galvin and others to save Massachusetts from losing a seat in Congress will do nothing but further stifle the Massachusetts economy and drive even more disgruntled taxpayers (and employers) out of state.
But, I figure I'd pass that information along, anyway.