In his Commentary column in today's Washington Times, Steve Moore talks about "the blue state depression." Moore is a senior economic adviser to the Trump campaign.
Moore explains it this way:
"I’m talking about an economic depression in the blue states that went for Hillary. Here is an amazing statistic. Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut — every single one of them lost domestic migration (excluding immigration) over the last 10 years (2004-14). Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered these states.
"They are the loser states. They are all progressive. High taxes rates. High welfare benefits. Heavy regulation. Environmental extremism. Super minimum wages. Most outlaw energy drilling. The whole left-wing playbook is on display in the Hillary states. And people are leaving in droves. Day after day, they are being bled to death. So much for liberalism creating a worker’s paradise.
"Now let’s look at the 10 states that had the largest percentage vote for Donald Trump. Everyone of them — Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Idaho — was a net population gainer.
"This is part and parcel of one of the greatest internal migration waves in American history as blue states especially in the northeast are getting clobbered by their low tax, smaller government rivals in the south, southeast and mountain regions.
"By the way, pretty much the same pattern holds true for jobs. The job gains in the red states carried by the widest margins by Mr. Trump had about twice the job creation rate as the bluest states carried by Hillary.
"The just-released 2016 edition of ALEC’s Rich States, Poor States, which I co-author with Reagan economist Arthur Laffer and economist Jonathan Williams shows a persistent trend of Americans moving from blue to red states. The best example is that from 2004-2014, the two biggest conservative states in terms of population size — Florida and Texas — gained almost one million new residents each. The two most populous liberal states — California and New York — saw an equal-sized exodus."
Moore notes that "(e)ven when it comes to income inequality blue states fare worse than red states. According to a 2016 report by the Economic Policy institute, three of the states with the largest gaps between rich and poor are … those progressive icons New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Sure, Boston, Manhattan and Silicon Valley are booming as the rich prosper. But outside these areas are deep pockets of poverty and wage stagnation."
Moore's Washington Times column contains a chart showing the top 10 Trump states and top 10 Hillary states by vote margin. Unfortunately, the chart is not available available in digital form. However, here are the vote margin for each campaign:
Top 10 Donald Trump States
- Wyoming -- 27,391
- West Virginia -- 16,719
- Oklahoma -- 106,133
- North Dakota -- 36,612
- Kentucky -- 54,650
- Alabama -- 103,580
- Tennessee -- 281,998
- South Dakota -- 22,594
- Nebraska -- -21,401
- Idaho -- 88,127
Too 10 Hillary Clinton States
- California -- -1.265.447
- Massachusetts -- -156,861
- Hawaii -- -36,439
- Vermont -- -9,107
- Maryland -- -145,560
- New York -- -1,468,080
- Illinois -- -669,442
- Rhode Island -- -70,591
- Connecticut -- -153,918
- New Jersey -- -527,036
We last growled about the American Legislative Exchange Council's "Rich States, Poor States" report on April 14, 2010. The most recent "Rich States, Poor States" is the 9th edition, published April 12, 2016.
So ask yourself: who benefits from the the progressive agenda with its burdensome taxes and regulations? Do taxpayers get to live in a more prosperous society? The bottom line according to Steve Moore?
"The lesson to be learned from the states is that the “progressive” tax and spend agenda has been put on trial. Not only do the policies lead to much slower growth, they also benefit the rich and politically well-connected at the expense of everyone else."
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