I am not speaking of the Covid-19 virus. Of course, living in South Florida, we have seen our number of Covid cases increase commensurate with a number of New Yorkers fleeing the Big Apple for a safer – and warmer – environs. It is more than just those “snow birds” who escape the Winter cold for a few months in the Sunshine State. Florida – and Arizona and Texas – are experiencing a migration of folks permanently deserting the upper northeast and Midwest and relocating south.
While Covid-19 is a contributing factor, it is by far not the only reason so many people are deserting liberal Democrat states. Literally hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of people are voting with their feet against the Democrat economic policies that have driven out businesses as well – policies that have put those governments on the edge of bankruptcy, and some cities and states over the edge. The higher cost of living – especially houses, taxes and consumer prices –have made the more fiscally responsible states – like Florida – a more attractive option.
It is no longer a matter of the re-settlement of retirees.
No. No. No. This has become a full-scale population migration. It is not even a matter of seeking warmer climates. After all, one of the major exodus states in America is California. And even the paradise of Hawaii is now an exodus state. If there is an obvious common denominator, it is Democrat rule.
Residents of exodus states are fed up with paying for the economic irresponsibility of left-wing Democrat policies – both economic and social. Ironically, they are abandoning the policies that they endorsed by virtue of the folks they elected. They liked the idea of their government spending whatever to make them happy – that is until they found out who had to pay for all those services, benefits and so-called free lunches.
The migration is not just the weather.
The allure of sunny beaches and year-round warmth has been a reality since the invention of air conditioning. They are running from the economic and political policies of the one-party political machines they have supported for generations. They may have “picked the tune,” but they are unwilling to stick around and “pay the piper.”
They like the fact that Florida does not have an income tax – and lower taxes across the board. They like the fact that housing is affordable, and the cost of living is generally much lower.
However – in an even greater irony – many of these relocated citizens are bringing to Florida the same leftwing policies from which they claim to be running. They are voting for the big government Democrat candidates. Each year, the left gains more and more offices and power in the Sunshine State – and that is largely due to the influx of New York and other northeast expatriates.
Most past migrations – the great huddled masses from Europe, Middle Easterners escaping brutality and war, Black Americans escaping the old Democrat south – the attraction was to be better off by assuming the better cultural and political environment. They wanted to be part of the better culture – not destroy it.
Big government authoritarianism is like a virus that is always present in the body politic – and much to be resisted each time it flares up.
The modern migrants from the north, however, bring that virus with them. They want a better life but have failed to realize that the better life depends on them NOT bringing the infliction of big expensive government with them.
To tell the truth. I am observant of the trend, but not optimistic that it will be reversed. And it is not just about Florida. If the Sunshine State evolves from the right to the left – as my home state of Illinois did during my lifetime – it will tip the scale of national power – if it has not done so already.
I personally welcome those coming to Florida to get away from the destructive Democrat policies, but please …. PLEASE … leave your old destructive liberal Democrat philosophy back home.
So. There ‘tis.