Voting with Their Feet


The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United States. In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.

When you break it down by race and ethnicity, it is all too painfully clear what is happening. Both whites and blacks are leaving California, the poster state for the liberal, welfare-state, and nanny-state philosophy.

Whites are also fleeing the liberal welfare states in the northeast, like Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as the same kinds of states in the Midwest, such as Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.

Although California has long been a prime destination of Asian immigrants and the homes of their descendants, the 2010 census shows a striking increase in the Asian American population of Nevada, more than in any other state. Nevada is adjacent to California but has no income tax, nor the hostile climate for business that California maintains.

The movement of the black population — especially young, educated blacks — is the most striking of all.

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I thought it really interesting that young blacks are moving TO the South.
Obviously they are too young (20 to 40) to have personal memories of southern segregation.
But what they do have is family there, telling them to come.
It is better for them than Detroit or Lansing, Chicago or any of the other liberal-run-into-the-ground big cities of the North.
Thanks for linking to this.

Thomas “Soulman” Sowell is one of the great columnists of our day.

>>> Whites are also fleeing the liberal welfare states in the northeast,

And, as a 50 year SunBelt state native and resident, let me share my observation that, as soon as they arrive in Florida, Arizona or Texas, the FIRST thing the complain about, and wish desperately to change, is the level of government services they received to those in the liberal welfare states.

Most people of the North, and particularly the Northeast and the Milwaukee-Buffalo belt, choose the SunBelt because of:

No snow
Low Taxes
Cheap Property
Dimwit Townies who will work, non-union, for chicken feed

As in the case of the random butterfly in Chaos Theory, however, their demands for better roads, better schools, publicly-supported hospitals and beach/lake access for all immediately start driving the Overhead Curve for Local and State governments upward.

As in: “Back in OklaBraska, the (fill in the blank) was so much better/cheaper/free (pick one).”

Or, as the sign behind my desk in my office in Florida used to say: “There Will Be an Additional Surcharge of $150/hour for me to listen to how Beautiful/Wonderful/Better/Cheap everything Up North Is.”