Saturday, May 10, 2014

Liberal Flight

People cast ballots with their fingers and hands. But their ultimate vote is with their feet.

There are states in this country that are magnets.  They attract. There are other states that repel. Let's look across this great country of ours and look at the real election returns, net moves in and out -- and compare those returns to ballot box voting.

Over the last decade the state that people most wanted to go to was Texas, followed in order by Florida, then North Carolina, New Mexico and Georgia.  These are states with right leaning to moderate political tilts. You need to go all the way down to Washington (number 9) and Oregon (number 11) to find states with a dramatic leftward tilt that actually attract net positive migration.

On the other hand, the top three out-migration states are New York, California and Illinois. These states were landslide supporters of Barack Obama in the last presidential election,  Their representation in Congress tilts Democratic almost 3 to 1.  Yet these are states that people do not want to stay. Abandonment is the rule in liberal America, not the exception.

The liberal out-migration slant runs through the top ten (or perhaps more properly, bottom ten) with the exception of Louisiana. Louisiana's out migration occurred in the two years after Hurricane Katrina.  It was caused by nature (despite what megalomaniacs like Al Gore tell you), not by man. If it were not for Katina, Rhode Island, despite its tiny size, would have slipped into the top ten out migrators, and there would have have been a left leaning clean sweep.

I would not advise the citizens of Oregon and Washington states to feel smug and secure. They've been blessed with some extraordinary geographical advantages and have fed off of entrepreneurial success stories that are now decades old and running their course. Liberal political programs are step-by-step, bit-by-bit, destroying economic incentive and opportunity in the Pacific northwest, as elsewhere.  It is just a matter of time.

Good luck to all.

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