Liberals are fleeing their failed states and moving away from Democrat-controlled areas in massive numbers. Unfortunately, they are bringing their left-wing voting patterns right along with them and infecting the good parts of the country with their stupidity.
Still, before liberals infect the rest of the nation, we are seeing leftist states like New York, Illinois, and California losing millions of citizens and gaining very few in return. Kristin Tate recently took to the pages of The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. to note that the “exodus out of America’s blue cities” is without precedent.
Tate notes that the constant hiking of city and state taxes is killing big cities like New York and Chicago.
“Eventually, city and state taxes, fees, and regulations become so burdensome that people and corporations jump ship,” Tate wrote. “More people are currently fleeing New York than any other metropolitan area in the nation. More than 1 million people have moved out of New York City since 2010 in search of greener pastures, which amounts to a negative net migration rate of 4.4 percent.”
I think Chicago is at least close second if not a leader. Indeed, in 2016, for the second year in a row, Chicago was the only big city to lose more than it took in. Further, the state of Illinois lost more residents to outmigration in 2016 than ANY other state.
Tate, a New York resident, has more info about the Big Apple:
The recently passed tax bill, which repeals the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, will only speed up the exodus. Thanks to the bill’s passage, many New York taxpayers will save little or nothing despite a cut in the federal rate. The state’s highest earners — who have been footing an outsized share of the bill — will pay tens of thousands of dollars more in income taxes in 2018. In New York alone, loss of the SALT deduction will remove $72 billion a year in tax deductions and affect 3.4 million residents.
And make no mistake: What’s happening in the Big Apple is a microcosm of what’s happening in the nation’s blue states, cities and towns. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago — the places were power and capital have traditionally congregated — have become so over-regulated, so overpriced and mismanaged, and so morally bankrupt and soft on crime that people are leaving in droves. Of course, these high-tax cities are the same places hit hardest by the removal of the SALT deduction.
Tate also points out that moving companies like U-Haul have noticed the trend and are adjusting rates accordingly:
A route from California to Texas, for example, is more than twice as expensive as a route from Texas to California. Want to go from Los Angeles to Dallas? $2,558. Returning back? $1,232. Texas is the No. 1 state people move trucks to, with states like Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado rounding out the top 10. The states people are fleeing? New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois — and at the top, California.
These facts are not coincidences. In fact, in 2016 the Golden State lost almost 143,000 net residents to other states — that figure is an 11 percent increase from 2015. Between 2005 and 2015, Los Angeles and San Francisco alone lost 250,000 residents. The largest socioeconomic segment moving from California is the upper-middle class. The state is home to some of the most burdensome taxes and regulations in the nation. Meanwhile, its social engineering — from green energy to wealth redistribution — have made many working families poorer. As California begins its long decline, the influx outward is picking up in earnest.
Unfortunately, when these people leave their failed liberal states they move to their successful Republican states and begin voting like loser Democrats all over again only to begin ruining the very states they moved to in order to escape the destruction their liberal politicians made in their former homes.
Democrats can’t learn.