LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Effects of lefty state migration

By – – Sunday, March 3, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In “‘The four states of the apocalypse’” (Web, Feb. 24), Stephen Moore deftly chronicles the mismanagement of the governments of five states hemorrhaging residents, especially rich residents, but he fails to note the not-so-great flip side. Yes, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia had the biggest net gains in state-to-state migration, but to what end, besides increasing their tax base?

The influx of blue staters into these five states is proving to be a political disaster for conservatives. All of these states have had recent statewide elections in which the conservative candidate either lost (Arizona) or almost lost (Georgia, Florida and even Texas). Worse, the liberal candidates weren’t even shy about their liberalism and ran as far left as did their counterparts in blue states. These states have all had their recent immigrants come to enjoy low taxes and warmer weather, but they still vote like those in their old states. I won’t be surprised if some or all of these states swing left next cycle. Then where do people move?

DOUGLAS J. KLAPEC

Bethesda, Md.

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