Cross-posted at CalWatchdog.
A demogogue is a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. And a demographer is someone who studies the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics.
Thus, to coin a phrase, a ”demogogue-grapher” is someone who studies human population with his emotions and a political agenda.
Such must be the case of USC Professor of Demography Dowell Myers, interviewed by columnist and Proposition 13 hater Steve Lopez in the May 31 issue of the Los Angeles Times, “Debunking the Myth of Prop. 13”.
According to Myers, the decline in the number of families and children at the bottom of the population pyramid means that, in the future, there will be a surplus of family housing and the price will drop out of the bottom of single family residential housing. Thus Myers asserts that Prop. 13 is “toast” because, according to him, it only works in a constantly rising real estate market.