Homeless Population Up in the U.S. Due to the Increase on the West Coast

7 Dec 2017

2017/12/07 – America’s homeless population rises for first time in years – Associated Press

The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time count Wednesday, a report that showed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the country during local tallies conducted in January. That figure is up nearly 1 percent from 2016.

Increases are higher in several West Coast cities, where the explosion in homelessness has prompted at least 10 city and county governments to declare states of emergency since 2015.

City officials, homeless advocates and those living on the streets point to a main culprit: the region’s booming economy.

Excluding the Los Angeles region, total homelessness nationwide would have been down by about 1.5 percent compared with 2016.

Places where the numbers went down included Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, the Denver area and Hawaii, which declared a statewide homelessness emergency in 2015.

So California and the rest of the west coast is driving the population of the homeless in the country. For some reason, many do not link the way their states are run to the amount of homeless people exist. The number will continue to increase as long as they continue to support illegal immigrants, restrict business opportunity because of a ton of needless regulation.

As long as the cost of living continues to increase, the amount of homeless will increase. It’s that simple. The solution is not to artificially raise the minimum wage to keep up with cost of living increases. The solution is to decrease the cost of living to reasonable levels – which would allow those at the bottom a chance at affordable living.


Chicago The Only Major City To Decline in Population

25 May 2017

2017/05/25 – Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016 – Chicago Tribune

Chicago was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Black residents have been among those leaving in search of safe neighborhoods and prosperity, with many heading to the suburbs and warm-weather states. Chicago lost 181,000 black residents between 2000 and 2010, according to census data.

More than any other city, Chicago has depended on Mexican immigrants to balance the slow growth of its native-born population.

Illinois – The Big Loser As People Continue Leaving the State

21 Dec 2016

Illinois loses more residents in 2016 than any other state

For the third consecutive year, Illinois has lost more residents than any other state, losing 37,508 people in 2016, which puts its population at the lowest it has been in nearly a decade, according to U.S. census data released Tuesday.

Common reasons included high taxes, the state budget stalemate, crime, the unemployment rate and the weather. Census data released last year suggested the root of the problem was the Chicago area, which in 2015 saw its first population decline since at least 1990, having lost 6,263 residents.

Not surprising people would leave a high crime, high tax state.

U.S. Citizens in Residing in Foreign Countries Renouncing Citizenship

27 Sep 2013

Why are Americans giving up their citizenship? – BBC News Magazine

The number of expatriates renouncing their US citizenship surged in the second quarter of 2013, compared with the same period the year before – 1,131 cases to 189 in 2012. It’s still a small proportion of the estimated six million Americans abroad, but it’s a significant rise.

The list is compiled by the Federal Register and while no reasons are given, the big looming factor seems to be tax.

A new law called the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) will, from 1 July next year, require all financial institutions around the world to report directly to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) all the assets and incomes of any US citizens with $50,000 (£31,000) on their books. The US could withhold 30% of dividends and interest payments due to the banks that don’t comply.

So the government is blackmailing the banks by withholding money that foreign banks should receive in order to get financial information in order to tax citizens living in other countries. I wonder if this is legal? Does it include military personnel?

Some say they are tracking down tax-dodgers. Those overseas say the existing filing process is to complicated, and it is costly to get others to do it – so they skip the whole process. Now with this new regulation, they are renouncing their US citizenship. Can’t blame them.

Census 2010: Number of same sex married couples inflated by 160%

29 Sep 2011

Federal government inflated census figures for same-sex married couples

The 2010 census overestimated the number of households with same-sex married couples by more than 160%, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.

The inconsistency apparently occurred because residents may have checked the wrong box when responding to questions about their relationship to the householder and the sex of each person living there.

The 2010 census first reported that there were 349,377 same-sex married-couple households and 552,620 same-sex unmarried-partner households across the country.

On Tuesday officials said they had revised the count to 131,729 same-sex married-couple and 514,735 same-sex unmarried-partner households.

It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?

What To Learn from Detroit’s Decline

24 Mar 2011

Who Killed Detroit?

Poor Detroit. It hasn’t had any good news for decades, and now, despite a $77 billion bailout of the auto industry, its population continues to implode. The No. 1 reason: the United Auto Workers union.

Sure, a lot of the blame goes to a generation of bad management. But the main reason for Detroit’s decline is the greed of the industry’s main union, the UAW, which priced the Big Three out of the market.

As recently as 2008, GM, Ford and Chrysler paid their employees on average more than $73 an hour in total compensation. The 12 foreign transplants, operating in nonunion states mostly in the South and Midwest, averaged about $42 an hour.

Behind this is the gold-plated benefits package once guaranteed to UAW workers. We’re not against workers getting what they deserve, but total pay and benefits for a full-time worker for the Big Three until recently averaged about $140,000 a year.

The transplants? Just $80,000. Add in an estimated $2,000-plus per car for retiree health care and pensions for the Big Three, and the cost gap is huge.

There in plain sight in the problem with these union requesting more and more pay. The averages are $73/hour and $140,000/year – which means plenty of workers were making even more than that.

We are now seeing the same problem play out with unions and city, state, and federal governments – and the governments are out of money, and the unions still want more and more.

Detroit in Major Population Decline

23 Mar 2011

Detroit population plummets 25%

The statistics show that the Motor City’s population fell from 951,270 in 2000 to 713,777 last year. Although a significant drop was expected, state demographer Ken Darga said the total is “considerably lower” than the Census Bureau’s estimate last year.

Detroit’s population peaked at 1.8 million in 1950, when it ranked fifth nationally. But the new numbers reflect a steady downsizing of the auto industry — the city’s economic lifeblood for a century — and an exodus of many residents to the suburbs.

Wow – over a 50% decline in 60 years.