Here’s another interesting bit on the ongoing flight from daffy old Californey. Excerpt:
Eight years ago, an Investor’s Business Daily editorial laid out the reasons Californians were moving “To Texas (And Arizona And Nevada),” all of them fueled by progressive public policy. That same year, a Manhattan Institute report detailed “the great ongoing California exodus . . . reversing the storied passages of the Dust Bowl era.” The authors attributed the mass departure to policy decisions making the state a less desirable place to live. Two years earlier, in 2010, New Geography asked: “If California Is Doing So Great, Why Are So Many Leaving?” and noted that the state’s “domestic migration has been negative every year since at least 1990.”
Nor is the California exodus limited to desperate residents. Joe Vranich, a relocation specialist once headquartered in Irvine, California, but now settled in Pennsylvania, has been tracking business departures since 2008. Vranich says that he became “irritated by repeated comments from California politicians, including governor Jerry Brown, that business departures . . . were not a big deal.” As he analyzed the companies, jobs, and capital fleeing the state, he realized the drain was significant. The state’s toxic business environment, Vranich estimates, caused as many as 13,000 “disinvestment events” from 2008 to 2016.
It’s popular on the daffier fringes of the political Left (and, sometimes, not even on the fringes) to deride business-people as selfish schmucks interested only in profit. Speaking as a small businessman myself, I can only say “well, sure,” but in producing that profit we also produce goods and services that improve everyone’s lives – business folks, big-corporation employees, trust-funders, children, retirees and dole scroungers alike.
But it is just that attitude, leaking into government, that is causing the continuing downfall of not only California but most, if not all, of the blue states. And that’s also what is driving the exodus to the red states, where taxes and regulation are far more business-friendly.
If it were only small business folks (and in some cases big business folks) fleeing the blue states, it wouldn’t be that much of a problem. But the thing is this: Plenty of folks are moving to follow the jobs that the blue states are shedding, and plenty of folks who aren’t concerned with jobs or business-friendly environments are moving to places like Colorado because the scenery is great and there are lots of fun things to do, and all of these people are bringing their voting patterns with them.
So folks like me are leaving our once-red states that are now turning blue. And so the nation’s drawing further from the center, self-segregating into enclaves. I’m not seeing a good ending for all this. At least, so far, Alaska doesn’t seem to have been too badly affected; the Californians who try moving to the Great Land almost never make it through their cheechako winter.