Some food for thought as Nero sits in the White House and fiddles while our borders burn. When I was born in 1943, the population of Texas was just over 7 million. When I graduated from high school in 1961 it was about 9.8 million. The 2014 census estimate was 27 million.
My wife is proud of the fact that Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the U.S. It’s also the 5th largest city in Texas.
So, what is my complaint? Those of you who live in the wilds of Montana or Utah or Nevada or Wyoming wouldn’t understand. I envy you. You can go get in your car and go somewhere without tripping over several hundred thousand other drivers in your path as they try to get wherever they’re going.
Unfortunately, nearly 100 million of us are crowded into the ten largest metro areas of the country. Here in the DFW Metroplex, I share the roads—and breathing space and everything else—with nearly 7 million other people. Getting to the grocery store is a major undertaking.
The U.S. population the year I was born was 134 million. In 2014, it was 319 million. And Nero continues to fiddle, and more and more people continue to flood our borders and bloat our cities.
My daughter lives in a suburb of San Antonio. The main route to get there from Fort Worth is I-35. The speed limit—in between construction zones—is 75, but one can rarely attain that speed and keep it for any length of time. And you can count on having at least one, and frequently several, jams where traffic creeps along in stop and go fashion.
It’s 253 miles from our house to hers, and Google Maps lists the time as 3.5 hours. With all the construction and other stoppages, it routinely takes us 4.5 hours to get there. That says nothing about how little fun it is to sit parked on an interstate highway.
There is an alternate route that goes through some beautiful country. It’s only 10 miles or so farther, but it’s not interstate. You get to deal with local traffic and lights in every town along the way. Even with that, it would be a far better route than I-35, if it weren’t for the town of Granbury, TX.
Strangely, Granbury has a population of 6,077 people, and yet there are always at least 15,000 cars on U.S. 377 going through town. I haven’t actually counted them, but I’m sure that’s a fair estimate. And there are several dozen traffic lights along the highway to make sure no one gets through unscathed.
Several years ago, I came across a YouTube video illustrating our population problem with the use of gumballs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM1YU-Ni_84) This video illustrates the nature and magnitude of the problem of allowing an unchecked flood of immigrants to enter our nation. Aside from the dangers posed by the terrorists we allow to enter and the unemployed aliens we allow to bloat our welfare system, the sheer numbers of people entering, added to our already huge population, are going to sink the good ship U.S.A.
And Nero continues to fiddle while all this is happening.
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