Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The horror of Hispanic illegitimacy

The statistics are difficult to find in the establishment media, even though they have horrible implications for society, the economy, K-12 education, America's competitiveness, and your family's financial future.

I found the statistics in the Autumn edition of City Journal magazine, in the following article by Heather Mac Donald: "Hispanic family values? Runaway illegitimacy is creating a new U.S. underclass."

The article compares birth statistics for Hispanics to birth statistics for other races. To wit:

Out-of-Wedlock Births

Hispanics = 45%
Non-Hispanic Whites = 24%
Asians = 15%
Blacks = 68%

Teen Births

Mexican Americans = 93 per 1,000 births
Non-Hispanic Whites = 27 per 1,000
Asians = 17 per 1,000
Blacks = 65 per 1,000

Note: For an international comparison, there are 3.9 teen births per 1,000 in Japan and 6.9 per 1,000 in Italy.

Hispanic Birthrate

- Three times higher than Non-Hispanic Whites and Asians
- One and one half times higher than Blacks

By 2050, one in four Americans will be Hispanic. This demographic trend, coupled with the foregoing statistics, will have a huge negative impact on crime rates, poverty rates, dropout rates, and test scores. How do I know? Because it is an indisputable fact that teen births and out-of-wedlock births are the primary causes of such social pathologies, although it is considered gauche and politically incorrect to say so.

The social pathologies also will have a huge negative impact on your wallet, due to never-ending demands for more education spending, more early childhood development programs, more socialized medicine, and more redistribution of income—all of which will simply make it easier for Hispanic women to marry the state instead of the father of their children, as was the tragic case with Black women after the Great Society.

Admittedly, there is a big positive in all of this. The increased pathologies will bring joy to the great industrial complex of social welfare agencies, the K-12 public education establishment, and nonprofit advocacy groups. That's because they will have more jobs, bigger empires, and increased funding.

Leftists in the media and academia also will be joyful, as they'll be able to use the pathologies as proof of the failure of capitalism.

What's the solution? It's too late for a solution.

What's my advice? If you're young, immigrate to a country that doesn't have a demographic time bomb and that ranks high on the Index of Economic Freedom. If you're at retirement age, move to a state that doesn't have a demographic time bomb but does have low taxes. If you're at an age in between and can't relocate, bend over and kiss your wallet goodbye.

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