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How it works — how it’s SUPPOSED to work

An oldie but goodie:

If you want to know where the future is headed, look where the people are going. And if you want to know where the people are going, check with U-Haul. Here’s an interesting indicator, first noted by the legendary economist Arthur Laffer: Renting a 26-foot U-Haul truck to go from Austin to San Francisco this July would cost you about $900. Renting the same truck to go from San Francisco to Austin? About $3,000. In the great balance of supply and demand, California has a large supply of people who are demanding to move to Texas. There’s a reason for this.

There is indeed, and it’s EXACTLY what any sensible person would expect. It’s summed up nicely later in the piece:

A divided executive, a relatively weak legislature, severe constitutional limits: not a recipe for over-ambitious government. The result is: low taxes, low spending, light regulation — and a resilient, productive, growing economy.

There’s plenty more, and it all ought to be required reading for…well, just about everybody.

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  1. Another factor: Having lived in Austin most of my life and having spent time living and working in San Francisco I can say that modern Austin is politically almost identical with the City by the Bay. So where do you move to if you are a far-left, highly educated California refugee? To virtually the same city in Texas with NO income tax, lower taxes, friendly business environment and very high standard of living. What do you do when you get there? Tie up all business development with bogus Environmental lawsuits, call for a State income tax, join the hate culture against conservatives, become active in city government so you can control and strangle every action by the long time citizens. In short, move to Austin so you can continue your destruction.

  2. Take a lesson from Las Vegas. Californians flocked to the valley en masse, ostensibly to get away from the onerous regulations and suicidal fiscal policies. As it turned out, it didn’t take long before they started trying to make Las Vegas just like Los Angeles. Put up signs at the border! Protect yourselves!

  3. The desire, acute among professional-class Democrats, to transform Texas’s government into something more like California’s or New Jersey’s — a big, blunt instrument for social engineering — has long been an undercurrent in Texas politics. The Democrats insist that Texas underfunds everything from schools to roads, and they have spent years maneuvering to enact a state income tax to give them the revenue they want to work with. But they didn’t want their fingerprints on a tax bill. In a perverse way, the 2002 elections, which for the first time found Republicans winning majorities in both houses of the legislature, along with every statewide office, gave the Democrats their chance. Before the new Republican majority was sworn in, Texas Democrats spent down the state’s entire cash reserve. And then, through an act of accounting chicanery, they arranged things so that the payments for a number of big-ticket items — millons in education spending, for instance — were scheduled for the next fiscal year. They basically emptied the checking account and left some bills unpaid. That meant that the new Republican majority was sworn into office facing a politically manufactured hole in the budget, a crater $10 billion deep. The obvious solution, Democrats argued, was to raise taxes — for Republicans to raise taxes. Dozens of revenue-raising bills were introduced into the legislature, and there was a resurrection of income-tax talk.

    Republicans did not take the bait. Governor Perry told the legislature to not even bother sending him a bill with a tax increase, because he would not sign it. Instead, he submitted a budget in which every spending line was a zero — an act of political theater, to be sure, but an effective one.

    Instead, they cut spending.

    Texas is facing another tough budgetary year, but this time they’ll do so with $9 billion in the kitty to help smooth things over.

    Legal Insurrection:

    “At least half, 55 of the 113 lawmakers, have a publicly-financed pension, or between 1 and 33 years of credit toward a possible pension from a city-, town- or state-financed pension fund in Rhode Island.”

    If California is the model for public sector unions controlling the state, Rhode Island is the model for public sector unions becoming the state.

    You’ve got admire Gov. Perry for holding the line and Gov. Christie for fighting back. New Jersey may be a punchline to us, but he loves his state. Obviously.

  4. Don’t bring your damn, liberal crap to Texas. You’re welcome here as long as you’re independent, self-reliant capitalists. Liberals, socialists and commies need to stay in California, New York, or Michigan or wherever you already fouled your nest. We don’t need you in Texas and don’t want you. I was in New Hampshire when the liberals from Massachusetts came and brought the same shitty concepts that failed in Mass to NH. We don’t want you in Texas. If you are trying to escape the lefties you’re welcome here though.

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