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Stephen Kruiser


February 25, 2013 - 11:29 pm

Not so fast

In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, some political commentators have written political obituaries of the “red” or conservative-leaning states, envisioning a brave new world dominated by fashionably blue bastions in the Northeast or California. But political fortunes are notoriously fickle, while economic trends tend to be more enduring.

These trends point to a U.S. economic future dominated by four growth corridors that are generally less dense, more affordable, and markedly more conservative and pro-business: the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Third Coast (spanning the Gulf states from Texas to Florida), and the Southeastern industrial belt.

Overall, these corridors account for 45% of the nation’s land mass and 30% of its population. Between 2001 and 2011, job growth in the Great Plains, the Intermountain West and the Third Coast was between 7% and 8%—nearly 10 times the job growth rate for the rest of the country. Only the Southeastern industrial belt tracked close to the national average.

Historically, these regions were little more than resource colonies or low-wage labor sites for richer, more technically advanced areas. By promoting policies that encourage enterprise and spark economic growth, they’re catching up.

Such policies have been pursued not only by Republicans but also by Democrats who don’t share their national party’s notion that business should serve as a cash cow to fund ever more expensive social-welfare, cultural or environmental programs. While California, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota have either enacted or pursued higher income taxes, many corridor states have no income taxes or are planning, like Kansas and Louisiana, to lower or even eliminate them.

This is essentially Maggie Thatcher’s “you run out of other people’s money to spend” coming to life. Historically, anecdotally, anyway you want to look at it, people and businesses grow weary of the redistribution fever that plagues politicians who love spending what’s not theirs. The people obsessed with sustainable energy sources have no interest whatsoever in sustainable economic models and irony will eventually be their undoing. Hopefully, that will happen sooner than later.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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The problem with using trends to predict the future is that trends can change abruptly. The economic refugees from corrupt blue states come with their blue state mentalities intact. Their migration will eventually flip red states blue. The leave behinds are the indifferent blue rich, public employees and an overwhelming number of dependent poor. As the blue staters increase their political power they will recreate California all over the nation.

The socialists have figured out how to create successful socialism. First you create the culture of poverty and then you make the people poor.
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Discussion of a change in political dominance from the Left carries the implication of a means of change. Usually it is considered to be elections. However elections are so mired in institutionalized vote fraud that such changes are not realistic. Further, the Republican party signed a Federal Court consent decree pledging to do nothing to defend the security of the balloting process from fraud, nationwide.

Consent Decree Text here:

I think Anthony Codavilla is right in his latest piece "As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned"

Right now, 2/3 of the country, of both parties, have no representation in the government. That is not a stable condition, and it is not one capable of being corrected by current means.

Subotai Bahadur
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It would be instructive to know exactly whose brainchild these activities were. Certainly words like thoughtless, imprudent, and ill-advised spring to mind. On the other hand, neither is it hard for me to believe that such a Trojan Horse program may have been the result of sabotage to set the GOP up for subsequent prosecution. Anyone with a pulse could have foreseen that activities conducted only in minority precincts and counties could easily be interpreted as deliberate racial targeting, regardless of intent.

Given the Republican’s Lincoln legacy and strong association with other successful civil rights legislation, such nefarious measures could easily have been hatched by Democrats charged with ensuring a massive re-branding that has obviously worked extremely well.

In any case, there seems to be nothing in the linked document that prohibits Republicans, or authorized poll workers of whatever political stripe, from checking voter ID's within the voting place itself, or from pursuing suspected voter fraud post facto.

Thus if the Repubs are in fact using this Consent Decree as a shield for their thundering post-November silence, it is not only inexplicable, but craven. In the words of the inimitable High Plains Drifter, “The only problem you people have is a short supply of guts.”

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"Further, the Republican party signed a Federal Court consent decree pledging to do nothing to defend the security of the balloting process from fraud, nationwide."

Your broad conclusion is not supported by my reading of this decree. Perhaps you’d be good enough to cite the specific language that you think does so?
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Let the Republican Party abide by its consent decree. It isn't binding on anybody else.
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