Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Political Refugees in America
Michael Medved at Townhall.com sees the big picture: millions of Americans are fleeing from overtaxed, over-regulated liberal states such as California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey and flocking to more conservative states such as Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, and Utah. When states such as New York threaten to raise taxes on residents in the highest income bracket, it's enough to make them start thinking about pulling up stakes and moving to where they can hold on to more of their money. In the age of telecommuting, it is not always essential to be physically present in centers of commerce such as New York or Los Angeles. Already this is translating to more electoral votes for states such as Texas and Florida. On the other hand, Medved does not mention the instances where out-migration from blue states have diluted conservative strength in Colorado, New Hampshire, and other states.