“States that embrace free-market principles are beating jurisdictions that prefer big government to within an inch of their lives,” reads the “Rich State, Poor State” report from the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Consider this statistic: The 10 states that saw the biggest domestic immigration in the previous decade gave their electoral votes to the Republican candidate for president 76 percent of the time during those years; exclude Washington state (primarily the beneficiary of emigration from liberal basket case California) and the number increases to 85 percent.
On the flip side, the states that attracted the least new citizens gave their electoral votes to the Democratic candidate 83 percent of the time; exclude Louisiana, whose population loss owed primarily to Hurricane Katrina rather than economic policy, and the number jumps to an astonishing 93 percent.
The thing is that the people leaving these blue states don’t necessarily leave their “blue” or liberal politics behind them. They move into “red” or conservative states and, instead of voting more conservatively, keep voting liberally and turn those states purple.
So the sad impact of this blue state diaspora isn’t to make America more conservative, but rather more liberal.
Let’s at least be thankful that we live in a federalist republic that allows us to move from state to state like this, effectively voting on policy with our feet.