There really is something to the crushing effects that social support programs have on the human spirit. People who are trained to seek safety over opportunity will not pursue efforts to better their economic and emotional situations. Early Democrats like Lyndon Johnson knew that and said so. His choice was to use the power of the federal purse to enslave minority Americans in a welfare system that they could no escape in exchange for their votes. The same can be said of social programs at state and local levels. Johnson led the way and Mayors, Governors, and Congress people followed. Now we are seeing an exodus of producers, leaving behind the non-producers.
All this safety stuff costs a lot of money and it is being taken from those who make money. Is it surprising that they are moving to more favorable economic climates?
“Migration Data: Where the Left Governs, Citizens Flee”
People Moving from New York Outnumber Arrivals by Nearly Two-to-One, Report Says.”
That was a recent Albany Times Union headline highlighting the ongoing mass exodus from deep-blue New York:
United Van Lines reported Tuesday that nearly two-thirds of the moves involving New York households were outbound, a higher proportion than any other state except New Jersey and Illinois. The 2016 National Movers Study by Fenton, Missouri-based United also found that almost 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound. Where were people moving? Mostly to western states and the Carolinas… South Dakota had the highest share of inbound moves, at 68 percent.
That exodus pattern isn’t limited to the listed states, either. It’s broadly endemic to states where liberals govern.”
This is from an article at the Center For Individual Freedom