The PJ Tatler

'They're Like Locusts'

“… moving from planet to planet… their whole civilization. After they’ve consumed every natural resource they move on… and we’re next.”

You can say that again:

New York State and the Northeast region led the nation in domestic net “outmigration” in the period from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau. During the same period, Texas and the South led the nation in domestic net “inmigration.” New York State led in outmigration as a net of 153,921 people moved from the state to elsewhere in the country. Texas led in inmigration as a net of 154,467 moved into the state from elsehwere in the country.

Illinois had the second highest domestic outmigration, with a net of 94,956 leaving the state for other parts of the country and Florida had the second highest domestic inmigration with 138,546 moving to the state from other parts of the country. The Northeast region (which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) saw a net domestic outmigration of 286,696 from July 1, 2013 to 2104.

The Midwest Region (which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) also had a net domestic outmigration. From July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 it saw a net movement of 182,057 people leave for other parts of the country.

The West (which includes Arizona, Colorada, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) had a net domestic inmigration of 103,464. That number was held down by California which had the fourth highest net domestic outmigration (32,090) of all states. New Mexico (14,154), Alaska (10,137), Hawaii (5,141) and Utah (1,235) all joined California as western states with a net domestic outmigration.

The key to conservative victory in presidential election years — when the genius of the Constitution kicks in and the contest becomes not the popular vote but the electoral vote (which is why the Left can’t wait to get rid of it) — lies in keeping the masses of Leftist votes confined to the big cities in the blue states, where they have largely congregated in order to take advantage of generous welfare benefits. As much as it pains the Left to learn this, the Constitution was not written with the spurious notion of “one man, one vote” in mind (that’s the House of Representatives, more or less, especially since this court decision). At the Senate and presidential levels, however, the states still rule.

So out-migration from failing blue states (where, with the exception of California, nobody wants to live any more, unless they’re very rich or very poor) is not a good thing, electorally speaking. For economic reasons, voters often flee the consequences of their own political philosophies — and yet they bring those same philosophies with them to their new low-tax, high-opportunity locations, starting the failure cycle all over again. Until, like the aliens in Independence Day, they have sucked the landscape dry and are forced to move on again.

The trick would be for conservatives to see this as an opportunity and retake the biggest electoral prize of them all: California. If conservatives could reflip the Golden State, the Democrats would never win another national election, ever.