The blue states are losing population. The results of the national census in 2010 will almost certainly be a political bonanza for the red states. How bad are things in Vermont? What is the result of that state’s left-wing policies? It appears that Howard Dean’s state is in deep trouble. The following is so inadvertently funny that one might think they are reading a satirical piece in the Onion.com:
“Not long ago, Ray Pentkowski, the principal of Poultney Elementary School, published an unusual request in the school newsletter. Please, he urged parents, have more babies. The school desperately needs them.
He was half joking, but the problem is real. His school, down to 208 children, has lost a third of its student population since 1999 and must cut staff levels, he said, "for the first time in my memory."
“ Vermont, with a population of about 620,000, now has the lowest birth rate among states. Three-quarters of its public schools have lost children since 2000.”
“Governor Douglas said one executive had told him: "My business is growing, my orders are increasing, my markets are branching out. I would like to grow in Vermont, but I'm not sure I can find enough workers."
The worker shortage recently forced Mr. Douglas to say he would not drive out illegal immigrants working on Vermont's dairy farms.
"I respect the laws of the United States, of course," Mr. Douglas said. "But the cows have to be milked.” Read the whole thing.
(hat tip to The Corner)
There may very well be 620,000 people within the ten miles surrounding my home in Houston, Texas. Is Vermont a whole state or just a decent size suburb?