Welcome to ElbowroomUSA
Maybe you want more space… or perhaps you’re just curious… or simply net-surfing to while away the time. Whatever the reason, you’ve landed on a site that just may change your outlook on America.
Foundation for Human Conservation
Everyday many of us are jammed into subways, frustrated by boring commutes that eat away the day, not to mentioned interminable traffic congestion, incessant urban noise, heightened security measures, more violence, and electronic eavesdropping. Will the steady creep of suburbia take a rest at some point? Is there an end in sight? No, not on the present course this nation is taking.
As you might suspect this site is about crowdedness and personal freedoms. And it is also about economic wellbeing and restoring America the Beautiful.
The last hundred years has been a hard century of wear and tear. By official count, this nation has dramatically tripled in size from roughly 92.2 million people to well over 312 million. But get this – another 100 million or more are expected by mid-century. What about elbowroom then? Of course there are other major concerns that go far beyond the issue of just personal space and being jammed together.
Due to population pressures, this vast country is losing valuable farmland to development and topsoil to agricultural over-production. Also, disappearing are rare earth elements, open spaces, wetlands, tidal lands, and web of life habitat coupled with a hard draw down of critical day-to-day natural resources. While the nation realigns its future energy supply to cope with global warming, the growing shortage of “blue gold” is much more straightforward; watersheds, major waterways and aquifers are being diminished by changing weather patterns, pollution and overuse. Simply put, U.S. water supply, hindered by aging infrastructure, is having trouble keeping up with an ever-increasing demand.
With each passing year America becomes increasing reliant on other nations to provide key resources no longer available on our own turf. One telltale sign of this dependency is the ever-burgeoning trade deficit, created by the unmet domestic need for metals and energy, fresh fruits and vegetables, textiles, industrial materials and finished goods. Meeting the consumptive expectations of nearly a third of a billion people is a formidable challenge. So how are we doing?
Well, we have become the world’s greatest net-importer and debtor nation, heavily reliant on China and other foreign investors for our fiscal viability. For all intents and purposes, America is bankrupt. With the Great Recession creating public anger at an inept government and a greedy elite class, the U.S. electorate is casting about looking for answers. Certainly fiscal and monetary policy needs remedial work, but what is being overlooked is the importance of demographic economics; overloading a nation with too many people and expecting it to economically thrive is simply short-sighted… if not entirely self-destructive.
The idea that the U.S. is overpopulated is an extremely controversial and emotional issue. Millions of Americans want to see the borders secured, preventing illegal entry and reducing legal immigration, while others believe there is plenty of space for everybody, both for those already here and anyone wanting to come. This clash of forces has made Congress skittish about addressing immigration or other population policies.
Nevertheless, Americans are increasingly angered with a government politically gridlocked, worried about the erosion of personal freedoms in the fight against terrorists, and are becoming ever more concerned that the aesthetics of nature, that we find spiritually uplifting, will be destroyed in the name of insidious development. But that’s not all – accompanying this decline in quality of life is an erosion of middle class prosperity and a bigger gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” With the Great Recession, chronic unemployment is undermining most everyone’s confidence. Putting this altogether, most citizens see the nation declining and are justifiably worried about their future and that of their children.
While these serious concerns are front and center in the media, the real culprit for the nation’s woes gets scant attention. It is the purpose of this website to flesh out the facts and bring into focus the major reasons why this nation is faltering. Causes not usually found in the media, on popular internet sites, taught on college campuses or discussed around the kitchen table… namely, that overpopulation and the overuse of natural resources is making America second-rate.
Having painted this grim picture, some readers may want to head for the exit, looking for better news elsewhere. However, for those still curious and wanting to learn more about the nation’s challenges, ElbowroomUSA is here to help Americans of all ages and stripes understand the consequences of adding 27 million or more new faces per decade, something the U.S. Census Bureau studiously avoids.
This website is a first-of-a-kind road map to guide you on your quest to know more. Taking on this subject is critically important to all of us. Yet, there are certain barriers that discourage understanding. Demographics of this kind, while fascinating to some, are downright boring to others. It is very easy for the newcomer to get overwhelmed and discouraged with the huge scramble of data and the complexity of competing ideas. ElbowrooomUSA is here to coach you through the maze, save you time and enable you to select those topics of interest. In other words you don’t have to swallow the elephant whole to acquire a taste for the subject.
Reader’s Guide to ElbowroomUSA
If you are interested in better understanding the basics of the U.S. population challenge, view A Population Primer. Even though you may be demographically savvy, it would be a good idea to browse this article anyway, particularly for those who are skeptical that our nation is really overpopulated.
If you are interested in immigration, we recommend that you start with A Population Primer and then view Immigration. This approach will give you some demographic background, and enable you grasp certain ecological principles that are key to understanding why real reform of immigration is so important to our country’s future.
Checking the Topics now and then will keep you current on timely topics pertaining to population issues in America and the impact they might have on healthcare, the economy, and personal freedoms. Links to other like-minded organizations are furnished as well.
The content of Demographic Economics offers a new way of thinking about the economy: not in terms of traditional growth for growth's sake. But having an economy predicated on balancing our people numbers with nature's capacity to sustain us, thereby creating a more "steady state" with fewer boom and bust cycles. This New Economy would seek to revitalize America and enable our children to live prosperously within our collective financial and ecological means.
By clicking on About you will have access to a Vision Statement for our nation, something that is seldom addressed, except in corporate circles. Yet, if we, the people, had a clearer idea of what American stands for in this new millennium and what we’re trying to accomplish as a nation, it could not only unite us, but clarify our role in the world. The vision offered is called “A New America the Beautiful.” Take a look and see what you think.
We hope you find this website helpful in getting a new perspective on the huge challenge ahead as well as finding out why the size of your family not only determines the amount of elbowroom at home, but in the nation as well.