- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2015

WHAT AMERICA WILL LOOK LIKE IN 50 YEARS

Immigration since 1965 has more than quadrupled the nation’s foreign-born population: it’s swelled from 9.6 million to a record 45 million in 2015, notes a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data, which predicts the nation will have 78 million immigrants — and a very different population in the future. “Non-Hispanic whites” will be in the minority, comprising 46 percent of the population by 2065, the research reveals.

“The U.S. has — by far — the world’s largest immigrant population, holding about one-in-five of the world’s immigrants,” the analysis notes. “Between 1965 and 2015, new immigrants, their children and their grandchildren accounted for 55 percent of U.S. population growth. They added 72 million people to the nation’s population as it grew from 193 million in 1965 to 324 million in 2015.”

The U.S. foreign born population rose from 5 percent five decades ago to 14 percent today — “a near historic record.” Racial and ethnic composition is changing: In 1965, 84 percent of Americans were non-Hispanic whites; now it stands at 62 percent. Among blacks, the numbers have remained fairly steady: 11 percent of the population in 1965, compared to 12 percent now. The Hispanic share of the U.S. population rose from 4 percent in 1965 to 18 percent this year; Asians rose from less than 1 percent in 1965 to 6 percent now.

The research cites the impact of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which significantly changed U.S. immigration policy and jettisoned a long-standing national origins quota system. Had the legislation not been enacted, the nation would have remained 75 percent white, 14 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic and less than 1 percent Asian, the analysis says.

Non-Hispanic whites are projected to become less than half of the U.S. population by 2055 and 46 percent by 2065. No racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of the U.S. population, the research states. Meanwhile, Hispanics will see their population share rise to 24 percent by 2065 while Asians’ will rise to 14 percent.

Half of Americans currently say such immigration makes both the economy and crime “worse,” a related poll found. Another 50 percent, however, say immigration improves the nation’s food, music and the arts while 49 percent want immigration into the U.S. reduced. Eighty two percent want a “major overhaul” of the U.S. immigration system.

THAT OLD CAR SMELL

Just out from Regnery Publishing, “Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary,” by Edward Klein, former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. The veteran journalist has already written other books about Hillary Rodham Clinton, including “Blood Feud: The Clinton Vs. the Obamas” and “The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.”

The new expose of Mrs. Clinton showcases her “floundering race for the White House,” Mr. Klein says. He has included meticulously recreated conversations of Mrs. Clinton’s behind-the-scenes efforts, portraying the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state as “a woman more associated with scandal than with accomplishments, with lying than with truth, with arrogance than with compassion.” Mr. Klein, incidentally, has titled the epilogue in the book “That old car smell.”

LIBERTARIANS PLAY HARDBALL

They want in. The Libertarian and Green parties have filed a lawsuit in federal court, charging that the exclusion of “qualified candidates” from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates violates federal antitrust laws. It’s been a while since the third parties had their say in what has become a jumbo media event. There hasn’t been an independent candidate onstage since 1992, when Reform Party hopeful Ross Perot squared off against President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in three debates, ultimately garnering 19 percent of the popular vote.

The debate commission is a private, nonpartisan, independent nonprofit created in 1987 that has sponsored every presidential and vice presidential debate since then. Those left off the podium are plenty vexed, however.

“For over 25 years the Commission on Presidential Debates has used millions of dollars in tax-deductible contributions from big corporations to rig the rules, keeping Americans from hearing from anyone but the two old parties,” says Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the National Libertarian Committee. “If two teams got together to make sure that only they could make it to the Super Bowl, people would be outraged at the cheating. With this lawsuit, we’re standing up for the right of Americans to have fair debates between all candidates who are on enough ballots to become president.”

The legal challenge maintains that the commission limits participation to Democrat and Republican nominees alone. The lawsuit demands a place on the big stage for all candidates “legally qualified to serve and whose names appear on enough states’ ballots to potentially secure a majority in the Electoral College.” The third party folk have also founded the Coalition for Fair Debates, an umbrella group for politicians and interest and advocacy groups.

“A majority of Americans do not believe the Republican or Democrat parties represent their views, and are more ready than ever to consider alternatives to the status quo,” said Ron Nielson, a senior adviser for the group. “They deserve the opportunity to see and hear from all the viable candidates — not just the Republican and the Democrat.”

MR. BUSH ON THE GRIDIRON

The Washington Redskins have at least one high-profile politician on their side when it comes to the ongoing battle over the team’s name, and whether it’s offensive to Native Americans. Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush stands by the name.

“I don’t think they should change it. But again, I don’t think politicians ought to have any say in that, to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive,” Mr. Bush tells The Arena, a new SiriusXM show which showcases both sports and political figures.

“We had a similar kind of flap with Florida State University if you recall,” Mr. Bush continued, recalling the school’s own team name.”The Seminoles. And the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided. It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fan base. I’m missing something here I guess.”

MR. GRAHAM DIGS IN

I’ve been in the military most of my life. You don’t drop out. You don’t get a pass. When you go to Iraq and Afghanistan, you are a volunteer. How many people have gone three, four times? They’re not going to quit. I’m not going to quit I want to get on with leading the nation. Hell no. I’m not dropping out.”

— Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham, on his chances of dropping out of the 2016 race, during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

A DEMOCRAT WARNS of BUSH/KASICH 2016

One longtime Democratic insider reveals the two Republican presidential hopefuls who could threaten Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race. Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has shared his thoughts on a recent broadcast. “As a Democrat, what Republican worries you the most from an election standpoint?” asked Larry King, the veteran host of Ora TV’s PoliticKING.

“Two worry me the most. John Kasich of Ohio, I served with him in Congress. He’s moderate, he’s open-minded — I’m probably not helping him by saying this. He’s smart, he worked on budget issues. And Jeb Bush, another moderate that might appeal to Hispanic voters. I think if Republicans don’t nominate either of these two, Hillary wins by a landslide,” Mr. Richardson replied.

“If they nominate these two, it’ll be a contest. I think Hillary wins, but it will be a tight race. I didn’t include Marco Rubio, but I think he would also be a strong contender, but not as strong as Kasich and Bush. I would watch Kasich. I think he’s the sleeper that will start moving up.”

CULTURAL MOMENT

“According to media buyers who regularly steer clients to NFL broadcasts, the priciest slice of prime-time real estate is once again a 30-second spot in NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Marketers looking to hitch their wagon to NBC’s weekly juggernaut are paying on the order of $665,375,” notes Anthony Crupi, an analyst for Advertising Age. That’s $22,179 a second.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” weighs in at $427,685 a spot, while “Thursday Night Football” on CBS commands $547,151. Which of course brings us to the Super Bowl. The price for the 30-second spot is $5 million, which works out to be about $166,666 a second. Mr. Crupi writes, “Way back in 1967, when the NFL’s Green Bay Packers squared off against the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in the very first Super Bowl, a half-minute unit went for a song — $37,500 on NBC and $42,500 on CBS.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 62 percent of U.S. voters are concerned that “scandals” would seriously affect Hillary Rodham Clinton’s administration if she were elected president; 78 percent of Republicans, 62 percent of independents and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

• 35 percent of voters overall are not concerned about such scandals; 20 percent of Republicans, 35 percent of independents and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

• 58 percent of overall say Mrs. Clinton is lying about her use of a private email system; 82 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 31 percent of Democrats agree.

• 51 percent of overall “feel betrayed” by the politicians in their own party; 60 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 39 percent of Democrats agree.

• 40 percent overall do not feel betrayed; 36 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Fox News poll of 1,013 registered U.S. voters conducted Sept. 20-22.

• Follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin

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