Apparently the top 10 states that voted for Hillary Clinton over President-elect Donald Trump during the 2016 election have a very disturbing commonality: they're dying.
According to the Independent Journal Review, citing work by noted Washington Times columnist and economist Stephen Moore, those states are performing so poorly economically "people are clamoring to move out of them."
The states include Massachusetts, California, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois and Hawaii. From IJR:
According to economic expert Stephen Moore, writing in the Washington Times, the reasons Americans are fleeing these states are all driven by economics — namely, that they share the progressive values of “high taxes rates; high welfare benefits; heavy regulation; environmental extremism; high minimum wages.”
IJR breaks down in short, handy paragraphs a supporting statistic for each state. Take California for example:
Despite one of the highest minimum wages in the U.S., tech and Hollywood moguls enjoy a very different life compared to everyday Californians — which could explain why the state's seen a net loss of nearly 1.3 million residents over the past decade.
Or New York:
It should come as no surprise that the state's residency has taken a nearly 1.5 million hit from 2005 to 2014, more than any other state.
Or even Hawaii:
The Aloha State has one of the highest top marginal personal income tax rates and the highest sales tax burden, according to the ALEC study.
The sunshine is also not enough to keep people from migrating away from the state, which experienced a net loss of 36,000 residents from 2005 to 2014.
The article also notes, citing Moore, that the states with the highest percentage of Trump voters have seen net gains in population.
All of which makes the progressive-leaning articles that were written back during the start of the primary season seem a bit like wishful thinking rather than sound economic trend analysis. This one from The Atlantic titled, "Why America is Moving Left," is a long, expository, academic look at why America is becoming more liberal. And it missed the mark almost completely:
That doesn’t mean the Republicans won’t retain strength in the nation’s statehouses and in Congress. It doesn’t mean a Republican won’t sooner or later claim the White House. It means that on domestic policy—foreign policy is following a different trajectory, as it often does—the terms of the national debate will continue tilting to the left. The next Democratic president will be more liberal than Barack Obama. The next Republican president will be more liberal than George W. Bush.
Turns out rather than moving to the left, America is literally moving to the right.