Victor Davis Hanson: Things That Can’t Go on Forever Simply Don’t

AG: Economist Herbert Stein’s old adage—”If something cannot go on forever, it will stop”—still holds.

Take illegal immigration.

There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization. Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned away while trying to illegally cross the southern border. Some experts suggest that at least that number made it across without arrest. At that rate, the United States would be gaining a fairly large city of undocumented arrivals each month.

Most of the people who enter the United States illegally arrive without fluency in English, a high-school diploma, competitive job skills or money. The majority will require support subsidies, and collectively they will require increased legal and law-enforcement investments.

At some point, American social services will be so taxed that the system will be rendered dysfunctional—as is already occurring in areas of the American Southwest. Or, some regions of America will so resemble the countries undocumented immigrants abandoned that there will be little point in heading north.

Either way, the current border chaos will find its own self-correcting mechanisms, even if that means there will be no border at all—or northern Mexico and the southern United States will become indistinguishable.

Currently, the national debt is $22 trillion and growing at a rate of nearly $1 trillion a year due to staggering annual budget deficits. The George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations roughly doubled the debt they inherited, and the Donald Trump administration may be on schedule to do the same.


More importantly, the national debt is now over 100 percent of the gross domestic product.

h/t Forcibly Deranged.

14 Comments on Victor Davis Hanson: Things That Can’t Go on Forever Simply Don’t

  1. I am so tired of the old “11 million illegals in the U.S.” meme. They have been using 11 million at least since the 2000 election campaign. The real number is closer to 40 million.

  2. “There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization.”

    Why does everyone seem to have to go out of their way to avoid using the legal term “illegal aliens”?

    Soften the reality of it, maybe?

    In any event, I think the number is significantly higher than 11-15 million.

  3. We cannot spend our way out of bankruptcy. Time for the federal government to make drastic cuts. Scale back the government to absolute essentials.

  4. @Tony R April 20, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    > The real number is closer to 40 million.

    Oh no. Once The Party passes an(other) anmesty, the current il-legals become legal. So they don’t count.

  5. 11 to 15 million my ass. This is an invasion, people waving flags of different nations, it is time we treated it as such.

  6. The day is going to come in which a trucker whose wife is a part time nurse will no longer be living in what would have been concerned a banker’s mansion only 50 years ago. Everyone is currently driving around in newish SUV’s; that’s gonna stop. Everyone’s kids (named Aiden, Karsten, Kyler and Colton) will no longer be sent off to intensive sports summer camps as if 80% of our children are future Olympians. Restaurants will have to dwindle, homes and yards get smaller. Lattes…nuh-uh, no more. 40 dollar family meals at fast food joints (yes, fast food) will have to go away. Spoiled American cow-women will not be allowed to re-do the interior design every 8 months. Reality is coming. Kids might actually be skinny again instead of all of these overfed little idiots I see everywhere. The second world is coming to America good and hard. Mix the first world with the third world (like we insist so much on doing) and you get the second world.

  7. I’d bet the real number is closer to 120 million, but I count the kids of illegals as being illegals too.

  8. “There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States…”

    WRONG. Try 40,000,000. 😡

  9. The numbers would indicate more like 30 to 45 million illegals live in this country. The Cloward-Piven strategy is well on its way. Meanwhile, Republicans are still asleep at the wheel.

  10. ‘members’ back to the 2008 heading to Barry’s election and the crap being dished out by the MSM. It was over many following years, that only 9-11 million illegals are here in the US.
    Even before the 2008 election, polls reported that 80% rejected illegal trespassing and occurrence.
    Total Population 304.1 million (2008)
    minus 80%,,,
    Just sayin,,,
    back then,,,it was.
    Yep, time to make up for a decade, or two

  11. When will enough gun laws really be enough?
    With the number of laws and their redundancy already on the books it seems to me that there will NEVER be enough and to add more to the mix seems like the definition of insanity…more and more guns laws and the effect is the same…bad people kill people, with cars, knives, fists and yes even guns…and we should hold those PREDATORS in low/no regard….imagine a loved one of yours as the victim.

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America was expressly written in by our founders as a tool for citizens to protect this same United States of America from the menace of a tyrannical government that could and may be rising in this country. It was not put into the Bill of Rights for the purpose of duck hunting or target practice. It is to counter tyranny and to do so adequately it permits military style weapons including full automatic assault weapons exactly like the ones that will be used against the populace in the event of a tyrannical assault upon us.

    The founders of this great country had seen it all in the countries they emigrated from and they were extremely prescient to foresee the same kind of menace someday being perpetrated on this country by our very own government. Tyranny, whether they understand their actions as such, is very high on the mind of way too many people residing within the borders of the United States of America..way too many.
    Our culture as the safest place in the world for people in need of rescue is being subverted by enemies, outside and inside of our great country. Forces of evil want to dissolve our culture to that of some third world banana empire..if you look you can see it….just listen to the proclamations or should I say rantings of Pelosi and omar and tlaib and schume, antifa..THE LEFT… WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    There is only one solution to the violence committed upon our citizens whether by guns, knives, baseball bats or whatever devise happens to be available to the perpetrator of the willful violence.

    Remember that there will always be guns and depriving law abiding people of their 2nd Amendment RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS puts them AT THE MERCY OF CRIMINALS WHO DON’T RESPECT ANY LAW AT ALL.

    I HAVE THE ONLY SOLUTION TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN ANY AND ALL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD……bleeding hearts and soy boys and progressives and wusses can stop reading because I am about to say how we as law abiding citizens can protect ourselves nearly 100% against the human predators that we seem to give SO MUCH UNFOUNDED sympathy to.


    In America, where we have the RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, we need to eliminate ALL gun laws.
    THAT’S RIGHT, YOU HEARD ME…………….ALL GUN LAWS! ( they haven’t worked and NEVER will because the criminals just do not obey gun laws or any other law.) All present laws are directed at the law abiding portion of our society. When we restrict THEIR use of the guns they would like to use we do not prevent gun violence, BUT WE ENCOURAGE IT….GUN FREE ZONES, DO I NEED TO SAY MORE? Our politicians that advocate for gun control only advocate for the criminal to have guns…..they, the gun control politicians among us are the MOST STUPID OF HUMAN BEING ON THE PLANET AND NEED TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE…..listen to their rhetoric…it’s mindless.

    LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS…………this is short and sweet.

    When a gun is brandished or used in the commission of a crime the brandisher or user, when apprehended will, within twelve hours of arrest, be remanded to a secure prison facility not less than 2000 miles from his/her home FOR FIFTY YEARS and assigned to HARD LABOR for a minimum of sixteen hours a day, fed only gruel and no in-house facilities such as TV, library weight room ,basketball court…just PUNISHMENT! Also not permitted visitors for fifteen years except for an annual visit of a defense lawyer. The trial of the accused shall be conducted in absentia and only for the purported crime not for the firearms violation.
    If a death is incurred during the commission of the crime the criminal shall be executed within one year of apprehension in the facility of his incarceration.


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