I do not have a college degree, but I have been a student of history, and politics for many years.
The Apportionment Act of 1929, Proposed by John Q. Tilson.
Decline in population growth means the loss of seats in U. S. House of Representatives.
When the mass exodus from New York started at the end of WWII, because there were not enough jobs for all of the returning Vets. As the Military started its downsizing after the War. So did the defense contractors who manufactured much needed supplies for the war. Navy Ship Yards, responsible for shipping those supplies to the soldiers fighting overseas. So many of the returning soldiers (predominately Republican voters) left New York and headed west. The steel mills of Western Pennsylvania, Automobile plants in the Mid-West, the oil-fields of Texas, Oklahoma, and everywhere else they were discovering 'Black-Gold'. They basically went anywhere that they could find work. Leaving the Democrats in charge.
As more traditional Republicans left in this exodus from the State, what did the Democrats of New York do? The same thing they have always done. They raised taxes, created 'social programs deigned to help the poor;. These tax increases led to more people fleeing the State, and they have continued this cycle for almost 80 years. Although the Population of New York went from approximately 13.5 million people in 1940 to just over 20.2 million by 2020 it has still lost 19 seats in the House due to the reapportionment of seats. The primary cause, their tax and spend policies.
These failed policies have been the standard in every Democratically controlled area of the U.S. since.
Working class Americans cannot survive on what most businesses pay, so they save their money and move to other states with lower taxes, and have a lower cost of living. Like Florida, Texas, and others.
To fix the labor shortage problem, and the loss of representation in the House, they declared themselves to be 'Sanctuary Cities' and welcomed the Illegals with open arms.
Example New York; See table below.
Population of New York State vs Number of Seats in U. S. House of Representatives
Number of Seats
Change in Seats
Average Population per Seat
The Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929.
With the explosion of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800's and early 1900's, more and more people left their homes to work for the factories in the more densely populated regions of the Country. This resulted in a loss of Representatives, i.e. a loss in representation, for the more rural, sparsely populated States.
This resulted in rural, mostly Democrat States, and the more populous, mostly Republican States to fail in the Constitutionally mandated reapportionment of its seats after the 1920 Census.
This failure to reapportion led to the Permanent Apportionment Act of 1929. This Act capped the permanent the number of Representatives in the House to 435. This was the apportionment after the 1910 Census. It was temporarily raised in 1959 to allow both Alaska and Hawaii to elect Representatives to the House in the 1960 General Election, and reapportionment could occur in 1963, which would reset permanent membership to the 435 cap.
The Census counts all people living in a State, Citizens, as well as Legal and Illegal Immigrants for the purposes reapportionment. This reason, and others.(See my article 'The Real Cost of Illegal Immigration...") are why the Democrats support an open Border, and then tax payer dollars to fly these immigrants to Cities, and States, controlled by the Democrats.
Ever Increasing Percentage of the Population in the U.S. is 65 0r older.
According to the Population Maps in the link below, the percentage of people over 65 grew by an average of 14.9% between 2013-2017. Meaning these people are retired and no longer looking for full-time employment. Many of these people live in larger cities and Metropolitan areas for easy access to doctors, and specialist, hospitals, groceries, and other essential needs.
Growth of Citizens 65 and Older between 2013 and 2017
Declining Birth Rate
As more people age out of the labor market, and fewer babies are born to replace those workers, we are left with a labor shortage. There are several factors contributing to this decline in the birth rate.
- Increased sterility among both men, and women. Medically induced and other causes.
- Abortion on demand, for any reason. This decision primarily affects the African-American community. Over half of all abortions performed in the U.S. are performed on African-American woman. I am not opposed to AOD, just listing contributing factors.
- LGBTQ+ Agenda; Again, I am not opposed to these lifestyle choices, but they are also contributing to the declining birth rate.
I know, to many who read this article, they will find the find these reasons controversial. That was my intent. In order solve our nations problems, we most be able to reasonably, and peaceably, debate the issues without resulting to name calling, threats of violence, and violence to defend our position.
I am not opposed to LEGAL IMMIGRATION
The fact is Democrats are using these Illegal Immigrants as pawns. The are using your tax dollars, and mine, to transport these illegals to States they still control, in the hope they can stop the continuing loss of seats they hold in the House. Maybe even reverse the trend by the 2030 Census, at which time the Permanent Apportionment Act will once again reapportion the 435 seats among the 50 States. This is also why many States controlled by Democrats are trying to pass, or have already passed 'No Voter I.D.' in their States.
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