When Stephen Moore debated New York Times columnist Paul Krugman lsat summer over the amount of Americans fleeing higher-tax “blue” states for lower-tax “red” states, according to Moore, Krugman’s excuse was that the exodus was due to air conditioning that has “made the South more liveable.”
Krugman’s “lame excuse,” however, does not explain California’s exodus. As Moore points out:
During the decade ending in 2013, 1.4 million more Americans left California than moved into the once-Golden State. It’s a good bet these California refugees didn’t leave for more sunshine or better weather.
Moore’s column in Investor’s Business Daily is a detailed explanation of the natural consequences that occur when citizens are overburdened from a system that siphons from those most productive and gives to those who are not.
And, yes, it so happens that the policies of those states are dictated by the politics of the politicians elected.
New census data on where we live and where we moved to in 2014 show that the top seven states with the biggest percentage increases in inbound migration from other states are, in order: North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Arizona and Texas. All of these states are politically red, except Colorado, which is purple.
Meanwhile, the leading exodus states, in percentage terms, are: Alaska, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, New Mexico, New Jersey and Kansas. These states, except Alaska and Kansas, are blue.
The latest “Rich States, Poor States” document (which I co-author), published by the American Legislative Exchange Council, finds that nearly a net 1,000 people each day are leaving blue states and entering red states. This migration is changing the economic center of gravity in America — shifting it relentlessly to the South and West.
Read the rest of Stephen Moore’s article on Investors Business Daily.
Like so many of the undocumented immigrants who come to the United States for better opportunities, Americans are also leaving their home states for states that provide them with better opportunities.
It’s too bad liberals like Paul Krugman cannot comprehend this.
Related: Study: Taxpayers leaving blue states for red ones