Off the Island
John Derbyshire’s “March Diary” has much with which Rhode Islanders might sympathize, and that makes one wonder whether forswearing the “island” in our name mightn’t be a step in the right direction. The following is from a reader’s letter:
I see you’ve got the “New York Funk”. I was born and raised in NYC, and couldn’t get a job in the metropolitan area (about 30 years ago), so took a job in New Jersey. Wanted to be close to kinfolk still in NY.
At the time, New Jersey was a better state (no income tax, lower property taxes, lower sales tax, etc.) than NY.
A curious phenomenon has occurred over the last 30 years, however. I moved here because I couldn’t get a job in engineering (my skill) after I got out of the Army. Been conservative all my life. In the 30 years, many New Yorkers have been moving to NJ to escape the taxes, and etc. that you pointed out in your column.
These newcomers were, for the most part, liberal. Unbelievably, these people have brought their liberal voting habits with them, apparently not understanding how they ruined NY and now, New Jersey is no better than New York in almost any measure.
We’ve made similar observations (on the moved-to side) with respect to New Hampshire, and some non-California Western states arguably provide confirmation. Derb notes that people are also bringing their liberal plague with them as the flee England, although the emphasis, there, is not on the economic damage that socialistic policies have done, but rather on the increase in crime wrought by liberal policing/weapon laws combined with mass immigration of unassimilable foreigners.
The echoes in proposed local laws and perennial progressive favorites are impossible to miss.