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Jan 06 2021

Moonbattery Metastasizes: Exodus From Democrat-Run States

The cancer is metastasizing. How else to explain people voting for the identical twins of Jeremiah Wright and the Pajama Boy in formerly sane Georgia?

The disease spreads by a simple process. Any jurisdiction run by liberals soon becomes unlivable. So the people who elected them leave for a place not run by liberals. There they elect more liberals, turning their new home into another hellhole. Then it’s time for them to move on.

The authoritarian excesses that characterize the Democrat response to the ChiCom virus have accelerated the trend, as liberals escape the nests they have soiled for places where leftist tyrants don’t prevent schools and businesses from opening with senseless lockdowns. United Van Lines lists their top inbound states for 2020:

1. Idaho

2. South Carolina

3. Oregon

4. South Dakota

5. Arizona

6. North Carolina

7. Tennessee

8. Alabama

9. Florida

10. Arkansas

Somehow, Oregon managed to slip in among all those red states. That won’t last long, considering what moonbattery has already done to Portland.

Their top outbound states are mainly blue:

1. New Jersey

2. New York

3. Illinois

4. Connecticut

5. California

6. Kansas

7. North Dakota

8. Massachusetts

9. Ohio

10. Maryland

Once greedy Democrats have driven away their tax base, their states will collapse into the tailspin cycle of high taxes leading to crushed businesses leading to high unemployment leading to government dependence leading to more Democrats getting elected leading to even higher taxes.

It’s not like New York will recover its economic vitality after the tax base has fled. It will follow the pattern of 74% Democrat Detroit, which was once the wealthiest city in the country.

Now that radicalized Democrats are securing control of the federal government, wealth creators will have to move overseas.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Nov 21 2020

Arizona Under Attack: Prop 208 Explained

What happened to Arizona? Until recently, this was the quintessential red state. Then Trump and Biden finished in a virtual draw, moonbat gun-grabber Mark Kelly was elected to the Senate, and possibly worst of all, Proposition 208 passed, comprising the largest tax increase in state history and demonstrating how the Land of Barry Goldwater is under attack from both within and without:

The proponents of Proposition 208 relied heavily on the class-warfare argument, framing it as a “millionaire’s tax” designed to give more money to the state’s K–12 education system. The reality is that the measure nearly doubles the income taxes imposed on small-business owners and individuals making over $250,000 a year, and it is devoid of accountability measures that would ensure the dollars end up in classrooms. An in-depth study we published at the Goldwater Institute found that the initiative would result in the loss of over 100,000 jobs as well as a significant loss of revenue to local and state coffers.

Prop 208 is a Marxist looting spree. It passed due to a massive advertising blitz and a still more massive displacement of the native population by refugees from California, where people cannot afford to live or to run businesses due to high taxes and other liberal policies.

The result of this population boom is that there are 51,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans since 2016, and 49,000 more independents — most of whom say they lean toward the left. Considering the last permanent tax increase to come before Arizona voters was in 2012 (which failed by a two-thirds margin), it’s not hard to decipher the significance of these shifting population trends. Unfortunately, most people moving to Arizona are not doing so to escape the politics of their home state, but rather the housing costs therein. Most of these transplants simply don’t see the intrinsic connection between the two — and so their liberal proclivities accompany them when they move.

The cancer that is making the erstwhile Golden State unlivable metastasized to give us Seattle and Portland. It continues to metastasize, sickening formerly healthy Arizona.

An immense amount of money was spent to push through Prop 208.

The final tally appears to be upwards of $25 million — the most money ever spent in support of an Arizona initiative, by a wide margin.

The money came from outside Arizona.

In a classic example of “good for thee but not for me,” almost none of the funding in support of the tax increase came from people who will have to live with its consequences. In fact, less than one percent of all contributions in support of Prop 208 came from individual Arizona donors.

Who paid to jack up our taxes and poison the business climate?

$17 million came from two out-of-state sources: the Washington, D.C.-based National Education Association (which also happens to be the largest union in the country) and the Portland, Oregon–based Stand For Children — neither entities known for their advocacy of fiscal restraint. Combined with other union donations and those of a couple of obligatory non-Arizona billionaires, the Prop 208 campaign was able to raise and spend a tremendous amount of money despite having virtually no financial support from actual Arizonans.

For pernicious and insatiably greedy teachers’ unions, the investment was sound, so long as it provides a lucrative ROI, complements of Arizona taxpayers.

Fortunately, it may not. Thanks to the Laffer curve, this confiscatory tax hike may reduce government revenue by enough to force reduction in the size of state government, which in turn could reduce union dues. That would give the looting spree a silver lining.

On a tip from Varla.

Oct 20 2020

Candace Owens Educates Angry 50 Cent Fans

A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for skyrocketing taxes. People are expected to support this, on the grounds that only “the rich” will have to pay, and they deserve to be looted because envy. Rapper 50 Cent balked at the stratospheric combined state/federal tax rates Biden would inflict to fund pernicious lunacy like some variation on the Green New Deal. He even called for people to vote for Trump, despite swallowing the mainstream media lie that “Trump doesn’t like black people.”

As they have been trained to do, his fan base turned on him, denouncing him as a traitor who sold out to his fellow rich people. But it wasn’t 50 Cent who betrayed them. It was the public schools, which should have been teaching them economics instead of Marxist bumper stick slogans.

Candace Owens fills a gap in their education by explaining some of the reasons that “tax cuts for the rich” benefit everyone, not exclusively or even primarily the rich:

If Democrat levels of taxation hurt the rich and only the rich, why do so many rich people support Democrats? By default, the GOP has become the party of the middle class and working class. The Democrat Party represents identity politics groups and the zillionaire elitists of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.

Most everything you see in the liberal establishment media was put there at the behest of wealthy corporations. They all want you to vote Democrat. Too few people wonder why.

On tips from Kate P and Occam’s Stubble.

Sep 13 2020

Biden Struggles to Remember How High He Will Raise Taxes

In fairness to Joe Biden, Democrats will inflict so much tax-raising that it must be difficult to keep all of it straight:

Thirty-eight percent? Thirty-six percent? Twenty-eight percent? We’ll just have to wait and see. We don’t even know who will actually be running the country if Biden wins; we can hardly expect a specific number on how high they will jack up our taxes.

Nice move pulling down his mask to wipe mucus on his fingers. That way it doesn’t potentially contaminate the inside of the mask.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

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