16.12.16

RESIDUALLY INHABITED BY RENT-SEEKERS AND THE INDIGENT.

There's still a lot of economic activity in the big blue states, and yet ominous signs proliferate.
Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton 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 (excluding immigration) over the last 10 years (2004-14). 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. Super minimum wages. Most outlaw energy drilling. The whole left-wing playbook is on display in the Hillary states. And people are leaving in droves. Day after day, they are being bled to death. So much for liberalism creating a worker’s paradise.
Yes, these states are still home to, inter alia, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Route 128 and Big Education, Wall Street and the legacy media, Players With Railroads and the Board of Trade, and bedroom communities.  But the pockets of prosperity coexist with Third World squalor (abetted by a self-despising multiculturalism that looks at dissolute behavior and calls it authenticity?) and the yeomanry are getting pushed out.  Take California.  (Pleeease?)
There's no doubt that California's economy is huge (it's roughly the size of France's), but it's also considered the most unequal state in the nation.

Despite one of the highest minimum wages in the U.S., tech and Hollywood moguls enjoy a very different life compared to everyday Californians — which could explain why the state's seen a net loss of nearly 1.3 million residents over the past decade.
Illinois is a different sort of tax hell, the article doesn't mention the tollways and the user fees.
While income tax in the state is actually reasonable, corporate taxes are higher than average and residents get hit with a high property tax burden.

The state also has a hard time keeping people from leaving. From 2005 to 2014, Illinois has experienced a net loss of almost 700,000 residents.
The article notes that a number of the states in which Mr Trump secured his proportionally best pluralities have gained population. It's premature to expect some new birth of freedom, however.   "In the end, it seems that Americans are putting more and more faith in conservative-minded economics, and voting with their feet."  Yes, although migrants might be bringing their blue-state aesthetics and big-government spending priorities with them.

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