The Great Political Migration

Russ Steele

Michael Medved, writes in The Dailey Beast about the great political migration from the blue states to the red states. Millions of people are abandoning big-government blue states for low-tax red ones. This population shift is changing the electorial map, including in California.

 During the bad old days of the Cold War, so many people tried to leave East Germany that the communists built a wall to keep them in. The world rightly took that gesture as evidence of failure and corruption in the Stalinist system.

California can’t raise a wall to prevent people from abandoning the Not-So-Golden State, or somehow deter or return the 2 million who decamped between 2009 and 2010. Doesn’t this overwhelming outflow of residents count as powerful evidence of the failure, corruption, and bankruptcy of the state’s leadership—long dominated by legislative leftists, even under the moderate GOP governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger? For the first time since statehood in 1850, a new Census brought no increase in California’s representation in Congress (or the Electoral College).

California has become a sad symbol of dysfunctional government at its shabbiest, shadiest, most sclerotic, and irresponsible—an exquisitely painful irony for those of us who recall the Golden State’s onetime position in the national imagination. Not so long ago, the whole nation (or at least its most enterprising and adventurous elements) seemed to envy the state and to embrace the notion of “California Dreamin’.”

 Now most of the California Deaming is spent wondering where to move to, and when will they be forced into make a decision? Businesses are leaving the state five times faster this year than last year. Unemployment remains high in the state and others are beginning to recover, soon jobs in those recovering states will begin to attract even more Californian’s. What will our census number look like in 2100?

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to The Great Political Migration

  1. RL Crabb says:

    Sometimes you have to wonder if some Democrats want people to leave. -More open space ya know. I liked Medved’s take on Washington state. I lived up in that country back in the nineties, in Yakima and later the Seattle area. It probably works to their advantage to have such crappy weather, just to keep the place from being overrun. When the clouds occasionally part and reveal a blue sky, there is no more beautiful city on earth than Seattle. I might have stayed, but my elderly parents needed my help and my true love lived down here.

  2. RL Crabb says:

    Sometimes you have to wonder if the Democrats want people to leave…More open space, ya know. I enjoyed Medved’s take on Washington state. I lived up there back in the nineties, in Yakima and later the Seattle area. The crummy weather probably keeps the place from being overrun. When the clouds part and the blue sky appears, there is no more beautiful place on earth than Seattle. I might have stayed, but the weather was hard on my arthritis, my elderly parents needed my help down here, and my true love was living here as well.

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