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Backlash against Latino dispersal in US

The Latino community in the US is dispersing away from historically immigrant gateway cities, which has already provoked antagonistic responses from the state or the public and threatens to exacerbate existing tensions.

RAND writes,

"During the early years of the 2000s 80 percent of the nation's Latinos lived in these large metropolitan areas (LA, New York, Miami), but this is changing as Latinos move to where the jobs are – to smaller cities, suburbs or even rural areas.

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Sources:

RAND, Nov 2010, page 11-12:http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=11

“Hispanics in the United States”, US Census Bureau. Accessed 11/5/10 at:
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hispanic/hispanic_pop_presentation.html.

Hulse, Carl, “Senate Votes to Set English as National Language”, The New York Times, 19 May 2006.
Accessed 11/4/10 at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/19/washington/19immig.html ; “Marchers Protest Border Patrol Group”

Associated Press, 24 July 2005, accessed 11/4/10 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/24/national/24march.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=minuteman+Civil+Defense+Corps&st=nyt

Archibold, Randal C., “Emotions Flare after Immigration Law is Blocked”, The New York Times, 29 July 2010. Accessed 11/4/10 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/30arizona.html?ref=arizona-immigration-law-sb-1070

“The Law of Large Numbers”, The Economist, 9 September 2010. Accessed 11/3/10 at: http://www.economist.com/node/16992245?story_id=16992245&CFID=151091249&CFTOKEN=15331833

Mui, Ylan Q., “Five Years After Katrina, New Orleans Sees Higher Percentage of Hispanics”, The Washington Post, 21 August 2010. Accessed 11/3/10 at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/20/AR2010082005636.html

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'Bright Flight' and the decaying suburbs

Early signs of white, young, educated Americans returning to or staying in cities could remake the American urban/suburban map and place major strains on suburbs as territories of poverty but without access to centralized social services.

RAND explains,

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RAND, Nov 2010, page 10-11: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=10

Yen, Hope, “'Bright flight' Changes the Face of Cities, Suburbs”, Associated Press, 9 May 2010. Accessed 11/2/10 at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37041770/

State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, Brookings institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2010.

State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, Brookings institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2010.

State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, Brookings institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2010.

Lipman, Barbara J., A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families, Center for Housing Policy, October 2006.

Yen, Hope, “Poverty in Suburbs Increasing Rapidly During Economic Downturn”, Huffington Post, 10 July 2010. Accessed 11/3/10 at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/17/poverty-suburbs-economy_n_765714.html

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Weight Bias as prevalent as racial discrimination

A recent study suggested that discrimination against overweight people - particularly women - is as common as racial discrimination. The study compared self-reported weight discrimination against experiences of discrimination based on race and gender among a nationally representative sample of adults aged 25 - to 74-years-old. The study also found "that women are twice as likely as men to report weight discrimination and that weight discrimination in the workplace and interpersonal mistreatment due to obesity is common."

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RAND, Nov 2010, page 3-4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=3

“Weight Bias is as Prevalent as Racial Discrimination, Study Suggests”, Science Daily, 28 March 2008, accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080327172129.htm;

See also: Puhl, Rebecca M., and Chelsea A. Heuer, “The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update”, Obesity, 2009. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/WeightBiasStudy.pdf

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"Employee-centric" strategies could lead to fragile households

Employers will face greater pressure to provide more flexibility in benefits packages and work policies; they are likely to respond by disaggregating benefits or flexibility options and letting employees pick and choose. Employees with less bargaining power or in less skilled industries will face fewer choices.

RAND writes,

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RAND, Nov 2010, page 7-9: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=7

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department
of Labor, 12/17/2009. Accessed 11/1/10 at: http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm

State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, Brookings
institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2010.

Unum, “HR Trends and Challenges: The Changing U.S. Demographic, Economic, and Social Landscape of the Workplace”, LIMRA International, 2007. Accessed 11/3/10 at: http://forms.unum.com/StreamPDF.aspx?strURL=/FMS_068162-1.pdf&strAudience=StreamByNumber

“American Time Use Survey – 2009 Results”, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, 22 June 2010. Accessed 11/1/10 at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm

See Robert Reich, The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992)

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Senior Care in need of new solutions

A variety of new resource constraints are putting pressure on the market for senior care services.

RAND writes,

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RAND, Nov 2010, page 5-7: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=5

Parker-Pope, Tara, “Now, Dad Feels as Stressed as Mom”, New York Times, 19 June 2010. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/weekinreview/20parkerpope.html

Keane, John F., “Assisted Living and Miscellaneous Medical Facilities Spur New Growth”, Insurance Journal, 7 May 2007. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/southcentral/2007/05/07/features/80227.htm

Pristin, Terry, “A Trying Time in Housing for Elderly”, New York Times, 30 June 2009. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/business/economy/01senior.html?ref=retirement_communities_and_assisted_living

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Aging-friendly Cities

With a critical mass of financially secure boomers preparing for retirement, many cities are finding ways to make themselves "aging-friendly" to retain and attract this market.

RAND writes,

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Sources:

RAND, Nov 2010, page 5-7: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=5

Hartocollis, Anemona, “A Fast-Paced City Tries to be a Gentler Place to Grow Old”, New York Times, 18 July 2010. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/nyregion/19aging.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, Brookings institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2010.

Quality Planning Corporation, 29 September 2003. Accessed on 10/29/10 at:
http://www.qualityplanning.com/qpc_resources_public/news/030929-Older percent20drivers.htm

“Car Plows Through Market, Killing 9”, CNN.com, 17 July 2003. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://articles.cnn.com/2003-07-16/us/farmers.market.crash_1_russell-weller-accidentpedestrians?_s=PM:US

Wilson, Kimberly A.C., “Elderly Wrong Way Driver sets off Fatal I-5 Crash Near Grants Pass”, The Oregonian, 1 July 2009. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/elderly_wrong_way_driver_sets.html

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The poor as primary targets in anti-obesity inventions

From many angles, obesity seems to be a wicked public health problem, and few promising anti-obesity strategies have emerged.

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RAND, Nov 2010, page 2-4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=2

“Lower-Income Neighborhoods Associated with Higher Obesity Rates”, ScienceDaily, 10 February 2008. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080207163807.htm.

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1/1/1986. See also: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000837.htm

Dailye, Kate, “Can You Bribe People to Be Healthier?”Newsweek, 22 July 2010. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/22/can-you-bribe-people-to-be-healthier.html

“Should People Be Paid to Stay Healthy?”, The New York Times, 14 June 2010. Accessed 10/29/10 at: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/should-people-be-paid-to-stay-healthy/

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The GOP must change

The GOP finds itself in a dilemma: managing the tea party while dealing with the demographic shifts in the US that see the white population declining as a portion of the total population and the rapid growth of the Latino population, who traditionally vote or lean Democrat. The question is whether the GOP can rebrand itself to accommodate Latino voters, who share some values with Republicans, and the Tea Party, which cares more about government and less about values.

Gregory F. Treverton writes,

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RAND, Oct 2010, page 7, 9:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Oct2010.pdf

Paul Taylor and Richard Fry, “Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?,” Pew Hispanic Center, December 6, 2007, available at http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=83.

Matt Stiles and Zahira Torres, “Texas Still Waiting for Latinos to Show Power at Polls,” El Paso Times, July 26, 2010, available at http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/texas-still-waiting-for-latinos-to-vote/.

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Political Gridlock + deficit doesn’t bode well for social spending

Political gridlock, especially with parties splitting control of Congress, the inclusion of the Tea Party, and the current political climate, doesn’t bode well for poor and vulnerable US residents. Social safety nets could be threatened; there will be political attempts to bleed healthcare reform; and many Americans want to cut many social spending programs that benefit the poor and vulnerable, especially foreign aid.

Gregory F Treverton writes,

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Sources:

RAND, Oct 2010, page 9-11: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Oct2010.pdf#page=9

C. Fred Bergsten, “The Dollar and the Deficits: How Washington Can Prevent the Next Crisis,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 88, No. 6, November/December 2009, pp. 20–38.


Annie Lowrey, “The Futility of Budget Cuts,” The Washington Independent,
April 8, 2010, available at http://washingtonindependent.com/8164;the-futility-of-budgetcuts.

Robert Pear, “Short of Repeal, G.O.P. Will Chip at Health Law,” New York Times, September 21, 2010, A1, available at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/health/policy/21repeal.html?_r=1&th&emc=th.

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Not the tea party you thought you knew

The long-term impact of the Tea Party is hard to gauge, but most acknowledge that it is an important new fixture of the American political landscape. Their vocal power brings a particular set of concerns to the Republican agenda. Moreover, contrary to what many on the left might think, the Tea Party is representative of the US in terms of age, income, and education levels.

Gregory F Treverton writes,

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