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Ed Driscoll

Socialism: If You Build It, They Will Leave

March 30th, 2011 - 12:03 pm

Thomas Sowell looks at who’s “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 big northeastern liberal, welfare states 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 so than 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 educated young blacks– is the most striking of all.

Read the whole thing. And then check out Mike Antonucci at Hot Air, who writes, “Retired Teachers in California Earn More Than Working Teachers in 28 States.”

Because,  “Pension-Crisis Deniers Never Sleep” — even as the population base to pay them continues to first recoil in horror — and then to flee towards the exits.

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