In what appears to be an indictment of liberal authoritarian policies, more taxpayer-friendly, business-friendly, and family-friendly red states are reportedly prospering better in the post-COVID-19 environment than their blue state counterparts.
Red states reportedly have added 341,000 jobs while blue states experienced a 1.3 million worker shortfall in the last approximately 2-1/2 years, according to a think-tank analysis of U.S. Labor Department data.
Individuals and businesses large and small are also voting with their feet, with a staggering 46 million persons reportedly loading up the moving van through February 2022 (and the number, by now, is presumably even higher.)
Presumably seeking a location that provides personal and economic freedom, they are primarily fleeing to Florida, Texas, and North Carolina, according to Moody’s Analytics. Tennessee is another red state that benefitted from population growth.
Democrat-controlled California, New York, and Illinois lost the most taxpayers during the same time period.
Moody’s also developed a 13-metric index to track each state’s “progress to normal.”
“Eleven of the 15 states with the highest readings through mid-June were red. Eight of the bottom 10 were blue,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
“By many measures, red states—those that lean Republican—have recovered faster economically than Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida….In general, red states were less likely than blue ones to impose mask or vaccine mandates, social-distancing restrictions or remote schooling,” the news outlet added.
WSJ went on to claim, however, that no data exist as to the link between migration and political affiliation, although common sense likely suggests otherwise.
“Analysts who have studied the migration attributed much of it to the pandemic’s severing of the link between geography and the workplace. Remote work allowed many workers to move to red states, not because of political preferences, but for financial and lifestyle reasons—cheaper housing, better weather, less traffic and lower taxes, the [Moody’s] analysts said,” WSJ asserted.
In a fundamental lack of self-awareness, California’s ambitious and lockdown-loving Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom launched an ad over the July 4th holiday weekend in which he inexplicably recommended that Floridians should move to the Golden State “where we still believe in freedom.”
#1 U-Haul Salesman of 2021 increasingly desperate to communicate with Californians who fled his left-lib dystopia for Florida.
Sorry, you aren’t getting those U-Hauls back. https://t.co/zf38MGASzj
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 3, 2022
Shouldn’t you be worried about California? pic.twitter.com/etzKfZ9OQs
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) July 3, 2022
In a sharp contrast of ideologies, Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are up for reelection this year, and both are expected to easily win a second term.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and afterward, Republican DeSantis effectively balanced Florida’s public health needs with economic and educational considerations for parents and children, despite misinformation spread by the media.
As well chronicled, through various legislative initiatives along with soundbite mastery, the pro-active governor who has developed a national profile has fended off various incursions into Florida business and education by the woke left.
“Florida is on track to register a record budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, which it attributes in part to new residents,” the WSJ noted.
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