We are all aware that Progressives are in need of a hefty dose of Xanax following the 2016 election. But that is not the kind of “depression” of which I speak.
I believe in allowing states to formulate their plans for their citizens. It is an experiment on a grand scale. Fifty states choose their own path and we can see who fared best and who fared worst. Then other states can choose among the more successful models.
The blue states of America (i.e., the ones that voted for Hillary Clinton) are having significant fiscal woes. These states follow the welfare state, socialist, sanctuary city economic model. These left-wing states believe in Marxist/Leninist philosophy even though they will never admit to their communist bent.
So hear is the question, Dear Readers, if they are trying to emulate Marx and Lenin and, thus, create a “workers paradise,” why are “the workers” leaving?
[Source: The Progressive-State Depression, by Stephen Moore]
[From the Moore article] Here is an amazing statistic courtesy of the just-released 2016 edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” which I co-authored with Reagan economist Arthur Laffer and economist Jonathan Williams: Of the 10 blue states that Democrats won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Connecticut — every single one of them lost domestic migration between 2004 and 2014. Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered these states.
They are the loser states. They are all progressive: high taxes rates; high welfare benefits; heavy regulation; environmental extremism; high minimum wages. Most outlaw energy drilling. The whole left-wing playbook is on display in the Clinton states. And people are leaving in droves. Day after day, they are being bled to death.
Now let’s look at the 10 states that had the largest percentage vote for Trump. Every one of them — Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Dakota and Idaho — was a net population gainer.
It is important that my readers understand that we are not talking about the usual ebb and flow of movement from state to state. This is part and parcel of one of the greatest internal migration waves in American history.
Indeed, these Americans are in search of “the workers paradise.” But task number one in search of “the workers paradise” is TO FIND WORK! Job gains in the red states that Trump carried by the widest margins had about twice the job-creation rate as the bluest states carried by Clinton.
One can understand a desire to leave cold, gray New York. But why are they leaving sunny California – the progressive/statist/altruist utopia?
Here are some clues:
- Right-to-work states
- Low or no income state income tax (Isn’t it interesting that New York is spending a fortune on TV ads trying to convince Americans that is has “low taxes.” What ever happened to “truth in advertising laws?”)
- Income inequality. The Blue States are all about stopping “income inequality.” According to a 2016 report by the Economic Policy Institute, three of the states with the largest gaps between rich and poor are those progressive icons New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The policies of Progressive/Statist/Altruism do not result in “progress.” In the final analysis they are not “altruistic.” But they are enormously successful at creating “statism!”