That's the title of an article by Thomas Sowell in Investors Business Daily. He opines:
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 or the hostile climate for business that California maintains.
The movement of the black population - especially educated young blacks - is the most striking of all.
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In short ... those with better prospects are leaving the states that are repelling their most productive citizens in general with liberal policies.
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Treating businesses and affluent people as prey, rather than assets, often pays off politically in the short run - and elections are held in the short run. Killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy.
As whites were the first to start leaving Detroit, then-mayor Coleman Young saw this only as an exodus of people who were likely to vote against him, enhancing his re-election prospects. But what was good for Mayor Young was disastrous for Detroit.
There is a lesson here somewhere, but it is very doubtful if either the intelligentsia or the politicians will learn it.
There's more at the link. He makes a telling case.
The more I read Thomas Sowell, the more I regard him as one of the most clear-headed thinkers of our generation. I note that the late, great Jeff Cooper believed him to be "the most perceptive of current commentators". I wouldn't put Mr. Sowell on that pedestal alone, but he's certainly right up there.