Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A few years back, I noted
that a major do-it-yourself moving company was having to pay employees
to drive trucks back to California due to net out-migration. Now,
the Washington Post reports on a more comprehensive picture,
obtained from IRS data, of migration from high-tax, high-regulation
"blue" states to comparatively free "red" states. Stephen Moore
The latest Census and IRS data merely confirm what Americans can see every day with their own two eyes. Red states are a magnet. There's a downside to this for sure. Conservatives have a legitimate gripe that as blue staters come into their prosperous red states, they try to turn them blue. That's happened in New Hampshire where Massachusetts transplants vote for the left-wing policies they just fled.The antecedent in Moore's last sentence is wrong: It should be "Americans," as, for example, the pro-union bumper stickers I keep seeing as I drive through moribund St. Louis every day attest. Too many Americans think they can have both the fruits of freedom and loot -- be it in the form of hand-outs or favors obtained through government force. If they keep choosing the latter, they will ultimately kill the golden goose of the former.
But the underlying trend is unmistakable: Liberal blue states are economic dinosaurs.
Will they change their ways before they go the way of Detroit and become extinct?