9.1.09

CHASING THE TALENT OUT. I noted the flight of human capital from Michigan over two years ago.
Michigan continues to lead the U.S. in outmigration. That's been going on since the late 1970s.
It continues today.
Michigan saw the nation's most outbound migration in 2008, with 67.1 percent of interstate moves heading out, according to a migration study released Wednesday.
Although the migration does not appear to be in fear of the next ice age, there is still a southward direction of outmigration.
North Dakota (58.9 percent), New Jersey (58.7 percent), Pennsylvania (58 percent) and Rhode Island (57.8 percent) also were in the top five in the percentage of outbound movers. Several other states with high rates of outbound moves were in the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.
If the responsibility for outmigration begins in the state house, Illinois might be lucky. Doug Powers of The American Thinker worries that the country might not be as lucky.

Is it any wonder that Michigan's Governor Granholm, who is one of the architects of an economy so bad that Detroit’s honorary economic sister-city of Bangladesh has disowned them, is on Obama’s Economic Advisory Board?

Granholm is also reportedly under consideration for a position as Commerce Secretary (that makes the most sense until they create a “Secretary of What Not to Do”).

In a political atmosphere where where the problem of government over-spending is being “solved” by increasing government spending, nothing is surprising anymore. On the plus side, if Granholm has Obama’s ear for the next few years, Michigan won’t be number one in outbound move rate, but instead tied with 49 other states who will be equally as lousy.

Once the genius behind Michigan’s economy is taken national, there will be nowhere more desirable to flee to, so nobody will move. At that point, United Van Lines will request and receive a huge bailout.

The opposition to the new President appears to be coalescing around an argument that government action cannot check, and might intensify, a bad recession. That's inherently difficult, at least until a majority of the electorate can be schooled on "enumerated and limited powers".

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