The phony issue du jour is the “demographic cliff.” Conservatives are pushing for big social-engineering programs to get Americans to have more babies.
And if the American population starts shrinking, so what? Were Americans so bad off in 1955, when there were 150 million fewer of us?
If Japan’s population falls by about a third to 87 million in 2060, as demographers predict, the crowded country will still have a population density 87 times that of today’s Montana, a state its size. If done through lower birthrates, I see no tragedy in fewer people.
I don’t see how an exploding population makes a state a “winner.” Sure, millions more people can bring a gain in congressional seats and Electoral College votes. But is greater political clout worth the added congestion? I don’t think so.