Tuesday, August 25, 2009

News Talk Online August 25, 2009: Population Growth, Tax Implications of Health Reform


Paxson

The United States’ population is now over 306 million and is growing at the net gain of one person every 10 seconds. By 2050 the U.S. population is expected to reach 438 million. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the United States is the only developed country that significantly contributes to global population growth.

Among the concerns that these statistic raises are the effects of over-population on climate change, dwindling water resources in some regions of the nation and the impact of population growth on the cost of health care.

Those concerned with population growth also argue that it will result in a revamping of the nation's social systems such as health care and education.

Joining us on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com today to talk about why the issue of population growth has not been part of the public debate was David Paxson, founder and president of World Population Balance.

Roni Deutch, the Tax Lady, also joined us to talk about the tax implications of the current health reform proposal. Deutch says there are hidden taxes and fees at play - the representation, she says that most people won't be taxed further to pay for reform is - she says - misleading at best.




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's do away with the IRS. It was never the intention of the Founders to have the IRS to begin with- at least not as we know it now.

Instead, let's have a National Securities Fund or NSF, which deducts a certain amount FROM THE STATE, and each state according to population. The NSF would cover the military, funding for FEDERAL upkeep (like National Parks,etc.)

Taxes should be state by state only.. some states will have better roads that others, but oh well!

Anonymous said...

Let's do away with the IRS. It was never the intention of the Founders to have the IRS to begin with- at least not as we know it now.

Instead, let's have a National Securities Fund or NSF, which deducts a certain amount FROM THE STATE, and each state according to population. The NSF would cover the military, funding for FEDERAL upkeep (like National Parks,etc.)

Taxes should be state by state only.. some states will have better roads that others, but oh well!

Doug said...

How is the USA population growing? Population growth is due to two factors: fertility and immigration.

Continuing a 12-year decline, the U.S. birth rate has dropped to the lowest level since national data have been available, according to statistics just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The U.S. average fertility rate is currently 2.1335 births per woman. (For comparison, the United Kingdom’s fertility rate is 1.7, Canada's is 1.4, and Germany's is 1.3.) The rate required to maintain a society's population, minus immigration, is around 2.6.

Immigration contributes over one million people to the U.S. population annually. The total foreign-born population in the U.S. is now 31.1 million, a record 57 percent increase since 1990. About 8 million of those are here illegally--a 4.5 million increase since 1990. Almost one-third of all immigration during the 1990s was illegal.

If we need to limit the growth of population in the USA, closing the borders would work.