May 14th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What will U.S. look like in 50 years?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The face of this country is changing dramatically. Consider these pretty staggering statistics: 47 percent of children in the U.S. under five-years-old are minorities; as are 43 percent of youngsters under 20 - that's according to new census data.

Today, 47 percent of American children under five years of age are minorities.

And there's more... as USA today reports, the United States is developing a significant generation gap between aging, white Baby Boomers and this younger, growing minority population.

Minorities now account for just over one-third of the total population; and although immigration is slowing, higher birth rates among Hispanics make them the fastest growing group. The Hispanic population is also younger - on average about 28 years old - than non-Hispanic whites, whose average age is about 41.

Among other things, these numbers mean that many Baby Boomers will be relying on this younger generation to take care of them in a lot of ways. In another generation, this will be the workforce supporting Social Security.

Already, about 10 percent of the nation's counties have a minority population above 50 percent. One of the counties that just became a "majority-minority" last year is Orange County, Florida - home to Disney World. The mayor says it's not a surprise to him, and that the county has always been "a snapshot of what America looks like."

Here’s my question to you: What will the U.S. look like 50 years from now?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Stephen from Pennsylvania writes:
I was born and Raised in Roseville, California. My 2nd grade class looked like the United Nations: Latinos, Italians, Chinese, Japanese, and a lot more. We used to celebrate each others’ holidays. Cinco d' Mayo, Obon, Chinese New Year, 4th of July, Veterans Day, Lions Club picnics. What has happened that we can't do this anymore? Have we become so separate that we can not be together? I hope we can go back to the past to become the future.

Ron from San Antonio, Texas writes:
Jack, I am very much afraid it will look a lot more like the town I live in: San Antonio, Texas. Have you heard the old commercials? "Texas, it’s like a whole other country." So, they are right.

Janelle from Missouri writes:
Jack, 50 years from now the U.S. will look like an impoverished 3rd world country. It will have absolutely nothing to do with anyone's ethnicity, but will be the result of our government bankrupting itself and every business in the country. The government won't be able to support the population when there's no one left to tax to pay for it.

Matthew from Orange, California writes:
The gene pool of the U.S. is really a minor factor in the face of issues like education, health care, employment, national security, immigration and self-responsibility. These factors will determine whether the future majority will live in a comfortable community or a slum.

Dee from Florida writes:
If we can learn to live with one another in peace and harmony, without any one ethnic, racial, or social group being ostracized or depressed, I think the U.S. will be a nice blend of the people of the world. And it's about time.

Andy writes:
Chances are that the U.S. will be the diverse melting pot it always has been, just maybe without all the old white guys running it. Chances are that the U.S. will be the diverse melting pot it always has been, just maybe without all the old white guys running it.

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    If we have presidents like Jimmy Carter and Barack Hussein Obama, this country will look like Bangladesh.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  2. Boz

    In fifty years Jack Cafferty wanna-bes will be asking the question, "Should America declare Spanish its national language?"

    May 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  3. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Immigration will have slowed dramatically 50 years from now. The way it usually works is we have a period of rapid economic growth, like in the 90's. Immigration is very high after this as people are coming in to get jobs created by that growth. When all of those jobs are taken, the immigration dies down because there's no reason to come here.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  4. Bill

    The United States in 50 years, will no longer exist. Like all other empires that were built on a foundation of God and His commandments, and then the people turned their collective backs on Him, and the empires fell into oblivion.
    I am sure at the time those things took place, no member of their society would have admitted their country would fall, but it happened, and the United States is following that pattern.

    Your nation has become one of corruption, evil, violence, and the American dream is built entirely on hopw greedy one can be.

    Those in power, like the Bush family, the Clintons, Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, and thousands of others, are out for their own personal gain, and they don't care in the slightest how many people it kills for them to accomplish their goals.

    The United States will not even exist 1 year from today....never mind 50 years.

    TORONTO, Canada

    May 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Unless I live to be 118 years old I won't be around, but if it changes as much in the next fifty years as it has the past fifty years most would barely recognize it. I would be hard pressed to name ten things that haven't been improved on or has gone away

    May 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  6. Terence

    Jack It will look just like India and Pakistan! Home sweet home!
    Terence , Piscataway, NJ

    May 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  7. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    As the world becomes smaller due to fast & easy travel and people mix, race loses it's meaning. Eventually we'll all look alike. No minority, no majority. Good thing too, we never had women as beautiful as Halle Berry & Beyonce Knowles a couple of generations ago. It's not just the US Jack, scientists have calculated that the last true natural blonde will be born in Finland in the year 2202. I'm guessing sooner.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  8. B in NC

    Since the minorities (sic) make less money than "others", the tax base will have disappeared, the super-wealthy will "own" several minorities that will do their menial tasks for them, and all the Republicans will be happy that they kept their money to themselves.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  9. Horn Lake, MS

    Destitute and broke with 80% of the people paying no taxes.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It will be a mess Jack. Dropout rates and illegitimate births, both big factors in poverty and crime, are much higher in the black and hispanic communities. Unless they get their act together, there won't be enough productive members of society to fund the welfare state we have become.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: The United States will be bilingual English and Spainish. Old people will not get old, and if you do get old watch out. Wind, solar, and hydrogen energy will be the only energy allowed. The air will be clean or someone will pay higher taxes. But in the final analysis, I will not be here, because in 50 years I will be 110 years old. My genes are good, but not that good.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  12. Ann, Carlisle, PA

    A very interesting question, Jack. Probably neither you nor I will be around to see these changes. Think of what we didn't have 50 years ago – cell phones, laptops, Ipods, bluetooth technology, internet access, Twitter and the list goes on. I don't think anyone can even imagine what will be available in 2059. I hope the biggest changes for the future will be in personal security for all this technology.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  13. Chris, NYC

    America will be a conservative, progressive nation......as many don't realize, minorities, still have strong family, and religious values.....However b/c of our history of dealing w/ discrimination, we tend not to gravitate towards divisive issues, and pretty much let people live their lives, as long as it doesn't hurt society as a whole.....
    Minorities, despite the news coverage, are hard working people who seek upward mobility.......a hand up, not a hand out.......We also have drive, and have learned from our white brothers, and sisters to want the best......we are pretty much the same as our white counter parts......

    May 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  14. Brittnay Palm Beach, Florida

    The World

    May 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  15. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Like a woman that was speaking Spanish in front of me in the check out counter turned and said to me "One day you will have to learn our language". Sad to say, English may one day become the second language.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  16. Pete, Fla.

    Today I feel like I need a passport to go to Miami, so in 50 years I can only imagine that my state might very well be speaking Spanish as our main language.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  17. david from virginia

    Pockets of rich non-hispanic whites continuing to have the very best for their families. More equalization of wealth and opportunity among middle class whites and minorities. More hispanic politicians. More social engineering.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  18. J Atlanta

    Whites will fall below thirty percent. Unemployment will be around thirty percent. Inflation will likely be around thirty percent. Thirty percent of the public will be jailed or on parole. And the world's approval rating of America will be around.. thirty percent.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  19. Cori

    I think in 50 years, the words multicultural and minority will have a whole new meaning.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  20. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    A nightmare for Lou Dobbs.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  21. Daniel Indiana

    It will in no time be a majority Hispanic. When we give amnesty to the illegals with a new immigration bill and give amnesty again in twenty years to another twenty million illegal Hispanics it won't take long before we will be an Hispanic country. I am not racist or prejudice, but I believe that only legal immigrants should be granted citizenship. It is too bad if illegal parents are separated from their children by deportation. Separating parents from their children doesn't matter when one is being sentenced to prison, so why should the crime of illegal immigration matter any to a judge. It is time to end the illegal gateway into America and begin holding corporations criminally liable when they hire illegals.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  22. Simon D.

    We are headed for a new stage in our history. President Obama followed by President Rubio followed by President well... me. Its gonna be a bumpy ride jack

    New York

    May 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    I envision TX & AK seceding, where all the haters will retreat and live in caves. The rest of the US will be a “melting pot” of colors, cultures, and religions all sharing with one another, living in harmony. Oh wait, that’s my vision of Heaven. Never mind.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  24. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    We are a "melting pot". We will continue to be the beacon of "hope" that gives the world something to aspire to. We will continue to assimilate all cultures and in 50 years I expect the gaps between all the different ethnicities to be very narrow. I also expect the Hispanic birth rate to slow as more of their children find opportunities in America and they become more career oriented.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  25. Pablo in Tejas


    God willing, she will look like America. E Pluribus Unum!!!

    Arlington Texas

    May 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  26. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    What the US population looks like will depend a lot on what the Catholic Church, to which many Hispanics belong, preaches about procreation. The world is already severely overpopulated, and the Catholic Church and its adherents promulgate greater overpopulation. If this trend continues, civilization, let alone the U.S. may not survive another fifty years.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  27. mrmiller

    Do you even have to ask? Caucasian, black, hispanic, asian? What does that mean?

    May 14, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  28. Dennis north Carolina


    May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  29. Gigi

    The only difference I see is our children will have a little darker complexion. And if greed doesn't disappear they will be much poorer than their parents.
    If their parents expect their children to take care of them. They had better began to take care of their children and grandchildren. What we are taught is usually what we become. And sometimes that is to bad.


    May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  30. bobwhite, Ks

    Nobody knows because it depends upon what each nation, beginning with the USA, decides to do about justice, peace, and stewardship of the earth. It doesn't look too good!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  31. Jay in Texas

    Unless we all start getting in shape, the U.S. will look like a mass of fatties of every conceivable race and national origin.
    Brownwood, Texas

    May 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm |

    We'll be under water. It's all moot.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  33. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    With current world population growth trends like those in Germany, Holland and parts of Europe, the USA will probably look very much like a Muslim state.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  34. Ronald Holst

    Jack I am very much afraid It will look a lot more like the town I live In

    San Antonio ,TX.
    Witch I can say Have you head the old commercials when you come to To . you feel like you are in a whole other country . Si they are right .
    San Antonio, TX

    May 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  35. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Jack, it depends on who's in charge of the US. If environmentalists are in charge, we'll have a beautiful green American with diversity in human, animal and plant populations. If Republicans are in charge, it's going to be Soylent Green America, and you know what's in Soylent Green

    May 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  36. Scott Stodden

    Hopefully if the Obama administration can get this country on track it will be a great country again, otherwise we'll be broke, no jobs, homelessness will be at an all time high and everyone will be suffering. Do your thang Obama

    May 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  37. Mark, Bradenton, FL

    The white population will be the minority. The US will be infested with crime cartells like they have them in Latin America. The national language will be Spanish and we all have to learn Spanish.
    Economically as well as militarily the US will become irrelevant, corruption will be standard, our education will be at the same level as in Latin America. Look to California it is a prime example of what is ahead. In Florida you have to be bilingual to get a job. USA rest in peace.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  38. Jim


    The pendulums are constantly swinging back and forth in this country. Conservative or Liberal, religious or not, healthy or not, affluent or not, who knows where we'll be in 50 years. I do hope the "melting pot" concept survives. I'd hate to see a nation of peaceful, diverse Americans replaced by a nation of constantly warring ethnic factions. One thing for sure, we'll still like hot dogs.

    Reno, Nevada

    May 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  39. Kerry Diehl

    Given our current political direction, I shudder to think! I’m just glad I won’t be here to see it as we are now headed rapidly toward totalitarianism.

    Our sacred Constitution is in danger of being overthrown in favor of a “New World Order” perhaps run by the IMF and/or UN.

    A better perspective of future life can perhaps be gained by re-reading James Orwell’s book “1984”.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  40. Roy - Chicago

    Unlike the GOP, I do not mind thinking of the U.S. in 50 years as a melting pot of diversity where Caucasion people may not be the majority. And in fact, sadly, the only reason that I can think of for this question being controversial at all is the GOP's reaction to more minorities in this country!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  41. Stephen in PA

    I was born and Raised in Roseville CA. My 2nd grade class looked like the United Nations. Latinos, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and alot more. We used to celebrate each others holidays. Cinco d' Mayo, Obon, Chinese New Year, 4th of July, Veterans Day, Lions Club picnics. What has happened that we can't do this anymore? Have we become so seperate, that we can not be together. I hope we can go back to the past to become the future.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  42. Jean B

    If they don't get rid of the FAR LEFT LIBERALS it will look like a third world country.
    Jean B

    May 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  43. Jack CArlson

    The illegal aliens are going to destroy our country – and the Liberals and Conservatives will go down in a flame as all their efforts for votes illegal or not will come forth to haunt them...and unfortunately destroy America that the Founding Fathers "FOUNDED".
    Jack CArlson

    May 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  44. Scott - San Diego

    Can't wait to become a minority and get all the free handouts!!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  45. Leslie

    Well lets think about that. We are killing our children with fast food and polluting the air. In 50 years forget the country there may not be a planet.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  46. Dee in sunny (and dry) Florida

    That's assuming that we are all here in 50 years, right?

    If we can learn to live with one another in peace and harmony, without any one ethnic, racial, or social group being ostracized or depressed, I think the United States will be a nice blend of the people of the world. And it's about time!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  47. Marie Ontario

    My guess is America won't look much different today then it will in 50 years but with the younger generation becoming more tolerant and inclusive I would expect religion to have much less of an influence.

    In short Jack I would expect a kinder more understanding nation where all people are truly considered equal and treated that way.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  48. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Chances are that the US be the diverse melting pot it always has been, just maybe without all the old white guys running.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  49. ED in RI

    It's obvious to me, even now, that it's not the country I grew up in.
    On the bright side though; thanks to the "lead- feet" of the lawmakers, and their parasitical lobbyists, climate change will prevent us from that 50 year glimpse of our future.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  50. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    On its current route not too well. Over 50% of our citizens will be 65 or older which would mean that half the population would be supporting the other half on social security and Medicare. My main concern is will we still have a strong middle class which currently defines the strength of our nation at present?

    May 14, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  51. anthony.....NJ

    We are a Melting Pot after all. Who cares what ethnic groups are thrown into the pot. That the color in our cauldron is turning beige only confirms our democracy's claim that all will be treated equally. This is what makes us strong. All who come or are born here realize that no other country is as just and are willing to defend the last vestige of Paradise on earth.

    May 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  52. Terry from Illinois

    America will only have one political party since all the "old white guys" (aka-GOP) will be gone !!!
    Americans will be speaking spanish.
    The Dixie Chicks are an example of just what one section of America can do if Americans decide not to buy that product.
    American people are responsible for allowing the good paying jobs to be outsourced and then continue to buy that companies product.
    Call the help desk for Dell Computersand see who you talk too, or buy anything from Wal-Mart which is mostly China made, just a couple examples !!!
    I say start boycotting companies just llike the Country Music fans did to the Dixie Chicks until they bring those jobs back and put American made products back on the shelves for Americans to buy !!!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  53. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    Unless Obama and the Dems are stopped from turning our beloved America into a USSR socialist state that's where we are headed, or we'll have 50 seperate states and our union will no longer exist! And the nedia is following along like the good sheep that they are!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  54. Theresa in Atlanta

    I don't care about the racial makeup. What worries me is that we'll look like India or China: mega-cities of people crammed in like sardines with dirty air, water and crime.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  55. Linda in Arizona

    Ever watch the show on the History Channel called "A World Without People"? I'm hoping for that.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  56. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Years ago, I read an article in Time magazine about the "browning of America". I believe our Nation is becoming more diverse, and I for one, welcome it!

    I dread the comments you will receive from the far-right, Jack!

    May 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  57. Laura

    I don't really see what releasing the pictures to the public would add. I certainly have no desire to see them, and I don't know what kind of people are super-excited to see pictures of what happened. Everyone knows torture is bad– seeing pictures of it won't prove that anymore. And if the downside is that it might harm our troops, then I agree with the decision. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Democrat, and I voted for Obama. I am in no way disappointed in this decision– it seems realistic, not dishonest.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  58. Micah from Woodland, California

    America will be more diverse, and give more credibility to the notion that we as a society are a melting pot of cultures and people. It will be good for us, I think. One thing's for sure: it won't be like our grandfather's Fifties! And that, I think, is a good thing.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  59. boxer girl in iowa

    In 50 years it won't be the us. I'm glad i won't be alive to see it.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  60. Joe in VA

    In 50 years, the country will be much more 'diverse" but you and I will be dead. However, most likely our Caucasian grandchildren will be in the minority. Hope they keep those EEO laws on the books. Seriously, this should not be a problem if all those immigrants follow the American dream and educate themselves and keep working hard. I am not worried about the Hispanics. They are in general hard working, God fearing, family oriented folks. We need more of those types. If so, we'll be less white as a nation but we'll be OK.

    Chatham, VA

    May 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  61. Janelle in Missouri


    50 years from now the US will look like an impoverished 3rd world country. It will have absolutely nothing to do with anyone's ethnicity, but will be the result of our government bankrupting itself and every business in the country. The government won't be able to support the population when there's no one left to tax to pay for it.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  62. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    50 years from now, the average American will be 18, mixed hispanic, weighing 265 pounds, pregnant, unmarried, needing remedial English before she can gain employment, and couldn't find the N American continent on a globe for all the money in China (fomerly our money). Deeply disturbing, Jack.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  63. lynn

    Like the town hall meeting President Obama had in New Mexico today.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    Well Jack, i'm 58 now, So what the US would look like 50 years from now?, I won't be here, but, i would say the same as it is now, the rich will still be getting richer and the poor will still be getting poorer.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  65. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    If we don't STOP the churches from interfering with educating and distributing birth control, and allowing families to make the choice to NOT have more children than each can afford to raise, the minorities who are governed first by Church Policy will far out number those of us with any resemblance of common sense. And the U.S. will be just another over-populated 3rd world country, behaving more and more like parasites instead of civilized humans.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  66. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    It will truly be the "melting pot" our founding father's foresaw in the late 1700s. These new ethnic groups are fighting their way into our society just as our ancesters did when they arrived here from their homeland. Society will be all inclusive with interracial marrige a normal part of life. The children of this time will have perhaps ten different components to their ethnic heritage. I'm sure it will be an exciting time. I doubt if I'll be there but I do wish them the best.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm |

    No need to worry, there is nothing we can do about the way things already are. Don't get up tight about it. People are going to keep having children, no doubt about it. The last eight years they were allowed to come in by the hundred of thousands. I wonder how many Bush has working for him?

    May 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  68. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Don't think there will be a country if the GOP gets back in office.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  69. Deion-NC

    It will look exactley like what it claims to be, a melting pot of diversity from people of different race, religon, and creed. If we learn to live with each other this diversity will be the very thing that will secure Americas place on top for the next hundred years.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  70. Bryan from Georgia

    Jack – Aren't we all minorities and immigrants? My grandfather came over on a boat from Denmark in 1917. When did your descendants come over from Ireland? What's left of the American Indians may think that this may be a turn-around to an appearance closer to their ancestors look (somewhat?).

    May 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  71. john .... marlton, nj

    Remember the movie Fort Apache .... Bronx...

    May 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  72. Jeff Crocket

    We hgave always been a nation of minorities! Nothing will change!

    We will still be a great nation of rugged individuals!

    Jeff in New Britain, CT

    May 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  73. HB99

    All one has to do is look to the Roman Empire to know exactly what this country will look like in 50 years...IT WON'T EXIST as we know it!!

    The Roman Empire collapsed due to over-extension of its military, over-taxation of the population, their leaders were as greedy as the SOBs we have in DC today who do not care about the citizenry, it could not support itself internally, and had too many immigrants.

    Sound familiar?

    May 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  74. Ralph Nelson

    If the Republicans regain power in four years or eight years we well have a right-wing dictatorship with limited civil rights and economic mismanagement. We well become like many of the South American republics. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  75. Bruce DeRosier

    Well Jack given the present state of the country and our unchecked illegal alien invasion I say the US will look pretty much like just another third world country in 50 years.

    Bruce in Bend

    May 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  76. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    Jack all the government has to do is put back all the money they took from Social Security and we will not have to rely on the younger generation to take care of any one but them selves . As for the Hispanic they said the sane thing when all the Irish came over, then the eastern european then the southern european

    May 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  77. Louise in Alabama

    Ask the Mayan descendants.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  78. mikea,charlotte,nc

    The way this country is headed, in 50 years the constitution will have to be rewritten in spanish so all the illegals can understand what they really aren't entitled to but get anyway.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  79. Bud from Ohio

    Regardless of race or ethnic origin, Americans are just that... 'Americans'. However, I doubt that any American 50 years from now will even have to worry about carrying retirees on their backs as it is estimated that Social Security will go belly-up in a lot less time than that. I think the underlying question here boils down to WHO will economically own America 50 years from now. And currently, that's what we should be worrying about.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  80. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    Lou Dobbs is correct. The apathy of the Federal Government is causing millions of illegal immigrants to pour into this country to replace American citizens in our industries for lower wages. Now they want to give amnesty to twenty million illegal immigrants.
    The population is growing dangerously, mostly fueled by unchecked birth rates among minorities; that is a fact, not a bias. What can we do about it – nothing. It is well beyond the point of no return.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  81. abbie barnard

    A sea of human beings comprised of various ethnic backgrounds and national origins, in essence, a melting pot !!!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  82. Glenton from Los Angeles

    50 years from now is pretty far off, but I'm going to take a stab say America will still look like America, a country founded by immigrants in search of a better life and willing to work hard to acheive that dream. It's skin tone might be a little tanner, but the country will still be the same.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  83. Kirsten Ft. Myers Florida

    i'll be dead and won't care.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  84. Dominic Gardunio

    The U.S. will be more caring to all different races. The democratic party will stay in power for 50 years, and the republican party will be gone in the year 2019. The economy will be in the green zone for 50 years.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  85. E.J. in Tacoma

    In my 50 years of life here is this marvelous melting we call the United States I have seen great changes. My small white community that I was raised in in Washington state is now a colorful tapestry of Asians from all corners of the world India, Viet Nam, Korea and Polynesia also sprinkled in with Latino, Mexican, Persian and African. All seeking a new life in our illustrious land filled with hopes and dreams. Yes we will continue to be a growing beautiful rainbow of delightful differences and colorful citizens.
    Peace and Love Liz in Tacoma

    May 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  86. Roland(St George,UT)

    The good news is we'll probably be a colorblind society by then, thankfully. But the bad news is we'll also be the fattest people on earth, and thanks to global warming (which we continue to ignore) our current coastal cities will be under water as the sea level rises. By the way, this is assuming we all survive the upcoming pandemic of Swine Flu that is supposedly about to kill us all off.

    May 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  87. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    That depends on if the US will be here 50 yrs. from now.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  88. Karl from SF, CA

    We will be a very homogenous society. The nationality barriers of a century ago, you married in your nationality, will by then have spanned the racial/ethnic barriers still around today. In dog terms, we will be a nation of mutts. We will also be more politically tempered because of it. and just knowing all the current “Party of NO” wing nuts are no longer around by then is the best picture I can paint.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  89. SHARON: Anchorage, Alaska

    We are now a truly diverse population and a picture of the world. There should not be any more special hiring practices, as have been applied in the past. We should all have the same opportunities. Free education or scholarships, just because you belong to a special race or culture, should not be used in the future; as it then shows prejudice for other races (in a country that is supposed to be color blind).

    May 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  90. Matthew from Orange,CA

    If trends continue, the U.S. will be predominately Latino/Hispanic. How it will "look" will depend greatly on local leaders, Federal assistance, community conscienceness, and cultural moderation. The Gene Pool of the United States is really a minor factor in the face of issues like Education, Health Care, Employment, National Security, Immigration and Self Responsibility. These factors will determine whether the Future Majority will live in a comfortable community or a slum.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  91. Julie Austin, TX

    Have you seen the movie Idiocracy?

    May 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  92. maria, california


    May 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  93. Had It

    B in NC May 14th, 2009 3:30 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Since the minorities (sic) make less money than “others”, the tax base will have disappeared, the super-wealthy will “own” several minorities that will do their menial tasks for them, and all the Republicans will be happy that they kept their money for themselves.

    Our only salvation will be IF we rid the entire government from the top to the bottom, all parties in DC, of the corruption and lies ASAP.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  94. Ken in NC

    Look at the show on TV entitled "Earth After Humans". It shows just how nice and peaceful our planet will have become without us around and that will all have been accomplished with out war, taxes believers non-believers and hate.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  95. Diego Medrano, Washington, DC

    More brown with better food.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  96. Simon Taylor

    Like Toronto Canada the true melting pot of North America

    May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  97. James Sheridan

    I'm not sure what it will look like but if we don't do something soon I can tell you what it will sound like amigo.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  98. dale massi

    A MESS!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  99. Mack

    Thank heavens I won't be alive then to suffer what the world (not just US) will have become by then.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  100. Joseph Leff

    Tiger Woods

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  101. wILL

    Well this country use to belong to brown people so what did ya expect? But really who cares just make more love and less war

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  102. Terri - Tulsa

    Let's face it, we need to get rid of the word minority and just call everyone Americans. The Founding Fathers didn't call themself British Americans! At the same time, we must enforce our immigration laws or Social Security will die because most of the work force will be illegal aliens not paying anything in!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  103. Glenn Reynolds

    A cross between Barack Obama and Tiger Woods.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  104. Ted from Iowa

    1.6 billion Hispanic mulattos.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  105. J. Harris

    The U.S. in 50 years will look like, act like and be a third world country...

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  106. Erik

    A nice, healthy, tan.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  107. hazem Sabry

    Since Chaney opened his mouth, after 8 years of silence, nobody said the right thing! That is “aims do not justify the means!” That is universal!
    Our law coded that “ placing somebody under the comprehension of fear of bodily harm is an assault “ even if the assailant did not touch the victim! That is exactly what happened daily during the former administration. We do not need lawyers to tell us that!

    Moreover, why, former leaders are not tried at the end for going to war under the protection of lies, as done to Clinton and Nixon escape it by resigning! And many others.
    USA enforcement should be harder, for, we claim we are the Masters of Civil Rights!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  108. Dee McDonald

    America will look like and function like every other Third World Nation.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  109. Art Roberts OKC, OK

    At 66, I doubt that I will be here, although my father is 98 and going strong. Actually, I think I will be glad to not be around. I am not hopeful. I am not happy with the direction of the country the past number of years. Maybe things will change.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  110. Bruce

    We will have gotten past having any regard for race; We are simply our consciousness, and our bodies are merely a genetic space suite. Mine is a rent-a-wreck. We will have evolved in many ways – leaving our politicians and corporations in the proverbial dust!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  111. David A Whitaker

    Hey Jack , I think this will a greater melting pot of the world. This country do respresent freedom, so most people want to live in a free society. We may not be perfect, but god knows that this is a great place to live.

    Martinsburg, WV

    May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  112. Herman

    Just as America was the great melting pot a hundred years ago and ended up reflecting the face of the world in the last century, the changing demographics in the US will reflect the changing reality the whole world over, and again, America has the opportunity to lead the way. Populations are moving worldwide, and we have only just begun to make the adjustments necessary to create a truly new world order.
    Fresno, CA

    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  113. Alan Waters

    The statistics speak loudly and project accurately. The majority of every western country will be Muslim. Get ready for change. Churches will be mosques.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  114. Bryan

    Broken, Very Broken !

    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Randall from Irving Texas

    In 50 year's I will be 77 years old Jack.
    I currently have a daughter,from my first wife who is half Scot's Irish and lebanese and a nephew who is hispanic.
    Hell it's all gonna look the same I figure just with new faces.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  116. floyd berry


    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Jase

    it will be the new " United States of Mexico"

    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  118. Joan Turner

    More brunettes with brown eyes and darker skin. Blue eyes and natural blond hair will be hard to find other than in Europe or Scandanavia.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Darius

    50 years from now America will like Mexico! Were all decent of someone from another country, but it's amazing how the Hispanic race out number all races within a decade. I start seeing the change in 98. Amazing!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Joyce Jenkins

    That is easy. The late great USA will look like a third world country absent God and a work ethic. We are now in the midst of creating a generation dependent on what the government can do for its citizens vs. what they can do for their country. Once that happens, there is no turning back. The USA will totally collapse. Just look at the looming debt put on the citizens by this and the last administration.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  121. Reynald, New York

    America will have more interracial couples and hopefully to the point where people can't identify others as blacks, whites, or hispanics.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  122. Darren

    Have you seen the movie "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome"?
    Really Jack. I can't spend money I don't have and expect no consequence. What makes a nation worse is it can print the money wether it has value or not. In 50 years we will see the collapse of it all and it will drag the world down with it.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  123. Jim Wright

    In 50 years all white people will have been rounded up and put on reservations.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Dwayne

    In 50 years the minority will be the majority. The melting pot that is always talked about will become a reality in every power structure and organization across the county. No matter where you go and what you do you will be able to see someone who looks like you.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Jorge

    In 50 years, America will look like America populated by American citizens.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  126. Bryan

    Third World !

    May 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Jay Barron

    I think first we should concentrate getting past the old mysterious myth that the Mayans came up with. The year 2012, the time Earth would end.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Gary

    Im not sure what that means. It will look the same as it does now but more vibrant. Hopefully our childrens children will have more understanding than what is expressed now.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  129. Julian in Dallas, TX

    The US in 50 years will almost look like it did before the white man showed up, brown skin and dark hair. You can call it the 'American Evolution' .

    May 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  130. Mack in Florida

    Thank heavens I won’t be alive then to suffer what the world (not just US) will have become by then.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  131. Liz Michael

    The U.S. as we know it today won't exist. We'll be a series of independent republics of which the Republic of Texas will probably be the biggest. With what is being done in Washington today, a full on collapse of the economy is almost assured, and all the king's horse and all the king's men, won't be able to prevent the breakup.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  132. Joe

    In 50 years, who knows, I think it'll, take us a lot less than that to become the "Las Vegas" of the world, I think we could become nothing more than a weekend bender. What happens in the US, stays in the US!
    Joe, Portland,Or

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  133. Mark

    In 50 years regardless of heritage, creed, race or religion; one thing is for sure, we will all be Americans.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  134. Itchy

    The United States in 5 years, will no longer exist. Like all other empires that were built on a foundation of God and His commandments, and then the people turned their collective backs on Him, and the empires fell into oblivion.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  135. Robert Sapiro

    50 years from now Chrysler will announce closing 2 of its remaining 4 dealerships.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  136. J. Harris

    I 50 years the U.S. will look like, act like, and be... a third world country....how wonderful

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  137. eric in tucson

    Whatever the US looks like, I guess Texas won't have to worry about it since they're already threatening to secede under Gov. Perry.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  138. Richard New Hampshire

    In fifty years there will be no minorities or majorities.The US will be a total melting pot.Friction will be between the haves and the have nots.Conforming will be the norm.Supervision, will be in all walks of life.George Orwell's "1984" will appear as a fairy tale.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  139. Barbara

    It will look like Mexico, Very rich or Very Poor and nothing in between. The Mexico Gov has little knowledge of how to give their people a better life and depends on the USA to do it for them.God Bless America.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  140. Jeff from Metro D.C.

    This is simply a phase in the evolution of the human race and nothing to fear. As minorities increase in number, as they should, interracial marriages will, perhaps over thousands of years, eventually lead to a homogenous "Earth" race, rather than a mixture of different races who are constantly at each other's throats. In 50 years, we may not see much progress, but by then, we should be at least receding from the racial bias we still deal with today and be well on our way to a new and more enlightened civilization. There really isn't any other viable choice.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  141. John (St. Louis)


    May 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  142. gerry luimes

    Jack,I am convinced that ethniticity is altogether of less importance for the country's future than sustainability of life will be when one considers the impending search for potable water which is the essence necessary to sustain life.It may be quite reasonable to expect wars to be waged over access to this commodity, one that we have,and are, carelessly misusing. What that will do to our collective
    Western countries in 50 years,or before that time, is the $6400
    Gerry at Edmonton,Can.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  143. Jon

    In 50 years? Who cares? I'm moving to Denmark.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  144. Dennis

    Jack in 50 years this country will be unrecognisable because our own government did a good job at controlling population growth by education of the U.S. masses .But on the other hand they dropped the ball on emigration by not stopping the millions of bunnies treking across the Rio Grande and populating this country with anchors because they are to stupid to use birth control but are smart enough to milk the system.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  145. Marie

    I am a third generation American and my family has always embraced this country like it was the greatest blessing and dream realized. My grandparents happily learned the language and adapted to an American way of living. What concerns and bothers me are immigrants who come here and have no desire to integrate or assimilate. I think it should be mandatory to embrace this country if one wants to live here. Don't resent it, don't abuse it and don't take it for granted (that goes for natural born citizens as well). And if that means giving back, participating in the community, volunteering your free time or even, like my grandfather, simply keeping your house clean and neat and the garden full of beautiful flowers then so be it. My point? I don't care how this country looks with regard to minorities as long as everyone understand and respect the wonderful gift of being an American.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  146. Mike in FL

    America will still look the same as long as Americans look upon themselves and the world with the same set of eyes as our founding fathers; eyes that saw liberty, equality, independence, and humanity as the founding ideals of a great nation. It doesn't matter what color eyes see these values, but as long as they can be envisioned, therein lies America.

    Tallahassee, FL

    May 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  147. Gary Nigro

    It's simple Jack ... It's going to look like Tia Juana, with all of its charm.
    Gary, Carson City, NV

    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  148. Evelyn Rivera

    Why do you only consider hispanics minorities? Anyway, in 50 years hopefully that word won't exist anymore! There won't really be a majority of really anything! Look at all the intermarriages right now!Men are marrying each other and so are women! Hispanics are not the only minorities!! Maybe 50 years from now people will finally come to their senses and not care about minority or majority and just deal with issues once and for all!!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  149. Mary

    Jack, so what? They are still children and someday they will contribute to this country just like our ancestors did. It's time for us to stop worrying about who came from where in this country. Remember, when the "gang from Europe" came over, they were the "minority" in the eyes of the Native Americans. It's time we just get over the minority issue. We need to focus on educating all of our kids so they can someday fix what many in the present majority have screwed up!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  150. Sam DeBree

    Before we ask how the U.S. will look in fifty years, we should ask why is that important. Unless the Canadian Horde comes South and conquers our little scratch of earth, We as a nation should look past the color and national origin of the legal citizens here. The time to worry about the ethnic makeup of The U.S. went out the window the second some disoriented Spanish Sailor accidentally stumbled ashore in 1492. We should be more concerned on how to bind ourselves as a nation and work our way out of the current messes we are in.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  151. jerry salomone

    If we didn't label people incorrectly this question would be moot. Why is President Obama considered just to be black when he is 1/2 Caucasian? Why is Tiger Woods considered black when he is white, black and, mostly, Asian?

    Look at your engagement announcements and wedding announcements- in this generation interracial marriage is no longer an oddity.

    In 50 years we will still be Americans, with the newest generation the biggest collection of "mutts" socity has ever seen.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  152. Roger Beaton

    Forget in 50years. In twenty years we'll have Spanish as the National Language, due to legislation introduced by Hispanic Legislators ( who decry English only) and the Lational majority of the United States. One more reason to severely limit immigration across the border with Mexico.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  153. chika

    obviuosly the greatest country on earth; melting point of the world a country you will always find yourself no matter your hue or race. May God continue to bless America!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  154. Obione

    The United States in its "future form", whatever it may be, will find ways to still be the "United States" and continue to lead. Our people, citizens and values will continue to make a difference.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  155. Erik

    In the Future I will be President... and there will be a very large minority called the (White not Hispanic) group who would be working side by side with Hispanics and Blacks and Asians...

    The trade and immigration policy with Mexico would be that similar to the one we have with Canada... and Hopefully Mexico would be able to take care of its own people...

    We also would have probably went through another World War and be entrenched in the Middle East (like we are in South Korea)

    May 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  156. gil

    Hurray, Can we know stop counting how we as a people look like ... I will be happy for the day when those who call them self white will soon desolve. I look forward to the day when race in not a factor. Sorry, good to see you go.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  157. Georgann Gentry

    I viewed something on You Tube recently regarding population. Apparently in 30 to 40 years the United States will be predominately Hispanic, due to the influx of illegals ; and because they are having about 4 children per family) and most US citizens are only having an average of 1.6 children . Throughout Europe, and Asia the birth rate is down as in America, but since so many Muslims are immigrating to Europe (and are now having about 8 children per family ) Muslims will make up the vast majority in Europe and Asia in 30 -50 years.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  158. Linda Finch

    It won't matter what the racial make-up will be because the most important factor that will divide us 50 years from now will be the gap between "the educated" and "the uneducated".
    "The educated" will have domestic household staffs of uneducated workers from families who had more children than they could afford to educate. "The uneducated" will still have the lowest paying jobs, live in the poorest neighborhoods, attend the poorest schools and account for a higher population in the prisons.
    Education is the only answer...how many times do we have to hear it? So it kind of sounds like fifty years from now "white" people and Asian people will account for 25% of the population and 70% of the wealth.
    These wealthy will be able to afford the better nursing homes and medical care. Minority rights will probably apply more to whites and Asian people than to the majority (Hispanics). It'll be interesting, but most of us who are able to read and form opinions will be dead anyway.

    Rancho Cucamonga

    May 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  159. Arnold Pindle

    As an African-American who has lived on 3 continents and visited well over 20 countries, I can tell you that 50 years from now America will still look like the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  160. Frank Cape Coral, FL

    50 years the entire north american will be taken over by the law firm ACLU, but it will be short lived because they will sue each other with no basis to the suits, and they will all lose their will to live and dye off, Mexico will migrate upwards and take over the country and live happily ever after.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  161. Tony IL

    The US is going to be the exact opposite of what it is now. Whites will be the minority, followed by blacks, and the majority will be hispanics. Who knows, in a hundred years, the US and Mexico might unite and become one country.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  162. michael

    I think the world is a bit sick and tired of the term visible minority. I know that math is not one of the strong points of the american people but it is a bit obvious that non-whites are the visible majority in the world. When you go to Africa or India there is no literal designation for the whites that have settled there. They are seen as equal human beings. You people need to learn respect and you need to learn it very quickly...........

    May 14, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  163. Susan

    I am hoping and waiting for a beautiful melting of all races, where there is no CATEGORY to identify one. One-Human-Family

    May 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  164. Layne Alleman

    Jack, #1, at the rate everything is going in the U.S. right now, I , for one, don't believe that our country will exist as it is today(with the North American Union already in full swing). #2, minorities aren't going to be a problem as far as servicing Social Security, it will have long since disappeared (not that it hasn't right now). #3, the Mexicans have a partial heritage with North American Indians(instead of practically none for white Europeans), so maybe Karma does work; what goes around, comes around. #4, You and I won't be here, so it really doesn't mater all that much, does it? Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  165. Judy

    Impossible to tell. If all factors remain on their current tracks, white people will be a minority in 50 years, but white people will own more assets than the rest of the population. But what if there is bird flu or other decimating disease? White people will have better access to medical care which will radically change the face of America.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  166. Ryan Singh

    No question we will all be 1 color of tan . No Blacks or Whites, Asians or Arabs everyone will all be from one super race and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  167. Kim VA

    Hi Jack;

    Our country will look like the diverse group of immigrants from all over the world. After all, "That is America"

    We all have an interest in how our world works and the countries from which we originated through our ancestors, and how we behave "together" in America.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Sandy

    Hello? At the rate our elected officials are allowing legal and illegal alliens into this country the entire U.S. will look like California – broke, ineffective public education, crime, taco stands and Mexican Restaurants on every corner.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  169. Dan Bodi

    The answer to your 50 year question is simple... "China, complete with the Chinese Flag flying over the nations Capitol Building." Wake up America, to the REAL threat.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  170. Rob Schafer

    by the way im from Springfield il. My grandfather was Clarence Klassen he sure more about this than most

    May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  171. Ron


    What will the U.S. look like in 50 years?

    Many of the wealthy and super wealthy U. S. citizens will be living in space colonies circling earth or somewhere nearby, while the lower classes will be producing and packing foods and supplies for them here on earth. The rest of the population will be trying to gas-up somewhere if they have not transferred to ethanol fuel products by then. What about me? I will probably be walking around with a cane wondering what happened to the world I used to know.


    May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  172. Fred May Sr Spanaway WA.

    The future of this country looks very bleak. Not the from of government we have but the people in the congress are so fixated on their party that they forget they represent both partys when they take office. They forget the welfare of this country is in their hands. One year ago I sent the Speaker ot the House a suggestion on Health Care Finance. The reply I got was I should contact my representitive with the information. It was very short and turse. A long as the politicians are looking out for their self and not the welfare of the country the future looks very dim.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  173. John Cohn

    In fifity years, the Latinos will have done with illegal immigration what their forefathers could not due with gun-turn the south of the United States into a Spanish speaking and Spanish controled area of North America.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  174. Chris (Minnesota)

    Cafferty....as time goes by and integration among couples grows, I don't think ethnic censuses will no longer matter, so why worry about it? We'll be a country of one color, which is way we all need to start acting like it.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  175. Barbara NY

    We'll probably look a lot like China or India. Too many people.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  176. g foxxx

    America in 50 years will be like the roman empire just before the fall...........the dark ages are upon us. history will show that we had an opportunity to go on forever, but the inability to control our borders will be americas barbarian invasion-we are powerless to stop it because we dont want to hurt peoples feelings-thank god i will not be here to see the fall of the greatest country on earth. my only hope is that my children survive it. sad isnt it.........i pray for america. unfortunatly the people who can change things before it's to late are not listening.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  177. James

    In 50 years, if the country keeps electing presidents that do nothing, we may not even be a country. We may be taken over by another country or divide ourselves up. To make the country better than it is today, the government needs to get on the ball and work together for a better america and stop worrying about detainment of prisoner of war and useless things in the past. Use, from the past, the history that is needed to learn from mistakes not the history to make yourself and your presidency look better than the one before because you are messing up. Strive to make America better and actually do something about it. Without the help of the government, and the citizens the country will basically commit a slow painful suicide.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  178. Erik from Phoenix,Arizona..

    I agree with Arnold!!!

    But will add that most Anglo-Americans will probably move to Alaska.. and have guns...

    Also, This country may turn back and repent .. Then be restored...
    Things move slower than we think people...

    Ideally we will be a self sufficient country in regard to our oil dependency..
    The Country will also have more public transit.. The markets will be good and we will still be the most powerful nation in the world.. This is my hope

    May 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  179. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    How about the USSR. We will all be driving the only legal form of transportation, the United Autoworker Motors' Pelosi Econobox, that will cost $85K, get 30 miles to the gallon, have a trunk capacity of 2 grocery bags, and since only American labor will be legal, it will have the lifespan of 55,000 miles before it spontaneously blows apart. We will drive to our local government run foodbank for our daily ration of wholesome food, since all "junk food" will be outlawed because individuals can no longer be trusted to properly nourish themselves without government intervention. We will live in our modest cookie cutter, 2000 sqft home, painted white with blue trim, government mandated solar panels, preprogrammed thermostat to the government standard temp of 76 during the day and 68 at night, and neatly groomed box shaped hedges not to exceed 36 inches in height or diameter. It will be a dream, Jack

    May 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  180. Vishal

    The way all the legal immigrants (H1's and all ) are being denied extensions and undocumented workers being used for political vote banks, we will have a majority of undocumented workers in 50 years .

    May 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  181. Fred May Sr Spanaway WA.

    Thank you Bill from Toronto Canada. I agree with you 100%. The politicians will be to blame.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  182. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    I am grateful for having grown up in the 50s and the wonderful memories of decency and honesty of the time. Fortunately, all of us who knew this time will be dead in 50 years. My sympathies to those who will be alive in 2059 to try to survive the monsterous mistakes of todays reprehensible leadership. Good luck all you young folks.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  183. Susan

    In 50 years, hopefully the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central American countries, and South American countries.....will all be One with One currency, One American Government (with each current individual Country) with representation. In other words, it would be Local/City, County, State, Country....with One American Democratic Government.

    We, American's who live within the United State, should be speaking several languages......especially......Spanish and English. Most European's speak many languages.......why are we so hung up on just speaking English......DAH !!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  184. eric

    Hopefully by then rational, thinking people will have prevailed over religious zealots.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  185. TJ

    I can look at my grandchildren and see various shades of tan with an occasional blond. Eye color from blue to green to dark brown. That's what I think America will look like as people continue to intermarry.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  186. Ryan

    All lawns will be immaculate.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  187. William Bogart Indiana


    It will look like the United States of the World. Isn't that what was entended in the first place? "Bring me your sick, your poor, your downtrodden,.........." It did not specify race did it? No, but now, things are getting "sticky" and we, being the real Americans, want to get picky. Bet the American Indian never had a chance to get that thought from his brain to his mouth.

    So what then? Go Save the Queen????

    May 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  188. Jared Tadeus

    Dear Jack,
    The US policy on the countries south of its border is replete of distablizations, coup d´etas and assassinations.As a result people
    were upprooted and forced to flee in mass to the border of the US.
    As the HOLY BIBLE teaches us "They sow the wind and they reap
    the whirl wind" the US will look like the reflection of its unintended consequence of its policys i.e. Latin,Hispanic.What you sow is what you reap.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  189. stew

    Read Nostradamus

    The worlds population will crash, races will merge, surface transportation will die, and we will start to recover from the asteroid collision nuclear war and the genetic bomb.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  190. Sue Mollette

    In fifty years most Americans will only know The America we live in
    today by our past history. Since illegal immigration policies are
    doing away with much of the rule of law & we currentally have a Congress and a President hell bent on Amnesty plus chaib migration,
    and on & on–our boomer population can forget retirement as they
    planned– so can all of the younger Americans–because there will
    be nothing left for them.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  191. Kim VA

    Hi Jack;

    It will look like all the world, full of people yearning for peace.

    Tell President Obama not to go to Egypt and invite the Egyptian leader here. The truth is gonna come out, we have internet and people who want to leak them. So to keep our President safer, we need to have him cancel until the "Bush Torture regime is prosecuted!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  192. Diane Dagenais Turbide


    in 50 years...I will be 94! My paternal grand mother passed away at 95 and 6 months old...so if this is my gene...God I will be busy for the next 50 years...stay in good shape Jack!:>)!

    Take care!
    Diane Dagenais Turbide

    May 14, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  193. Jesse

    What a question Jack 🙂 I see more new laws, things that none of us ever dreamed were possible coming into existence. I see a lot of changes and new experiences in life ,that we as a people will have to learn to adapt to. I see a new category on job applications in classifying individuals. As long as I still see my friends and family and the situation room I'm happy.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  194. Chika Uzokwe

    Jack. imagine a massive village square where South Africa, India and Bolivia are having a general meeting. That's how US will look like in the next 50 years.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  195. Susan

    There may be no worry about anything in 50 years......the homosapien may not even be in existence...... For all we know the Sun and Earth could just be sucked down the Black-Hole of the MilkyWay.

    May 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  196. Imani (New York)

    Who cares? We will always be the United States of AMERICA!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  197. Randy from Salt Lake City

    The US of A won't be a country, Jack. If it is, it'll look like a cross between "Blade Runner" and "Mad Max."

    May 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  198. VonFlax Lake Travis

    If we do the right things like elect the right people it will be beautiful, if we ever have to endure another Bush kind of presidency or administration, all live as we know it may come to an end, and thats the point I'm making ; USE YOUR BRAINS !

    May 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  199. Bob - Jackson, NJ

    As a middle aged white guy, I am full of anticipation at the thought that in the not to distant future, my children and grand children will represent the minority population and as such, may reap the associated benifits and handouts that I've been paying for over the last 35 years. What a Country!

    May 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  200. hank


    May 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  201. William Allen Klatt

    May 14, 2059? Well, it will be the "Year Of The Rabbit Or Cat", & they probably still won't have their minds made up which it is! We'll have 12 Presidential Elections, by then maybe Sarah Palin can win one, it will be her year to have fun, like the previous multiples of 12! I'm getting all this from the Chinese Zodiac! I'm kind of like an Astrologer! I would like to jump ahead a little to 2066, if I can?! By then my 60 years of bad luck will be worn off from Christmas 2006 when I was going to get married, but a Grinch stole it for 60 years, therefore, "I'm just sitting here watching the Wheels go round & round"(John Lennon)! Seriously, I think, the females will have more & more to say, with Sarah Palin as President, someday! And I hope we have some trees left to save us from the Sun, which just seems to be getting hotter & hotter! Build "Plastic Houses", or something like that?! Wait until June(6) 6, 2066?! That's better than 666(June 6, 2006)!! Bill Klatt-Saint Joseph, MI

    May 14, 2009 at 6:56 pm |