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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 965 -- Gone To Texas-
California's latest self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot, a punitive tax on successful individuals, only kinda-sorta works if there is nowhere else for successful Californians to go.
But you know what?
Californians are still Americans, and Americans have this wonderful right to vote with their feet and move themselves, their families, and their businesses where they have the best opportunities to live the American Dream.
Over the past decade, droves of Californians have moved to Texas. Waves of them. And it isn't exactly despondent Grapes of Wrath types moving to Texas, either. It has been some of California's best, brightest, and most successful people. They're leaving Eden-like California-- easily America's best climate-- and moving to freedom-friendly places like Texas with their money, their ideas, and their companies.
Take Los Angeles County, for example:
The blue lines indicate net inmigration to Los Angeles, from the Northeast. The red lines indicate outmigration from Los Angeles. There's a lot of red heading to Texas in this graphic.
Indeed, close to a hundred Californians move to Texas every single day:
According to Internal Revenue Service data, net migration from California to other states totaled 865,444 people from 2004 to 2010, the highest in the nation.
Nearly a quarter million Californians, with more than four billion dollars in aggregate income, moved to Texas in the last decade.
These are profound numbers, and behind the numbers are some incredible individual stories of people uprooting their lives and choosing places where they know they won't be taxed and regulated out of house and home. One of the most successful professional golfers of all time, Californian Phil Mickelson, is not unique in his thinking that it may be time for a change.
Where California is punishing success, some see opportunity. Texas Governor Rick Perry recently recorded a radio ad to recruit oppressed Californians to Texas. The $24,000 ad, paid for privately with TexasOne funds rather than taxpayer dollars, pokes at California and invites potential refugees to look at Texas.
Needless to say, it got under California Governor Jerry Brown's skin, as RedState's Moe Lane noted. In sports terms, Texas is completely in his head. In response to the ad, Brown suggested it was "barely a fart," propelling the ad to even more enormous exposure, then argued that because it was only $24 thousand and not $25 million, presumably twenty-five million government dollars, it shouldn't be taken seriously.
Doesn't that just epitomize the difference between how things are done in California and Texas? Texas can take 24 thousand private bucks, tell its story, and generate this enormous amount of publicity on social media platforms, in newspapers, on local news stations across California, on Bill O'Reilly, at water coolers, and elsewhere, likely all worth many millions of dollars in advertising bang.
Isn’t this just a perfect example of how all too many California politicians think you have to spend your way to success; meanwhile, Texas does things smarter, better, at a lower cost.
While Jerry Brown offered only a frazzled, juvenile response, some California liberals have sincerely attempted to defend the broken California model and impugn the successful Texas model. Chuck DeVore, former Californian and current Texan, rebutted some of the volleys.
The thing about myths, and the thing about reality, is that ultimately, reality wins.
Here's an example.
Rachel Maddow spent time snarking out on the Sacramento paper's suggestion that Californians should have a book drive to help Texas with its poor education.
One problem with that snark. It's based on a myth. And here's the reality:
On 8th grade reading (and math, and science, and other disciplines-- and other grades), Texas outperforms California, despite California spending more than Texas on its education system. That goes for Texas' white kids versus California's white kids, Texas' black kids versus California's black kids, and Texas' Hispanic kids versus California's Hispanic kids.
Again, is it about the dollar figure, or is it about the result?
Moreover, Texas outperforms the rest of the country among white, black, and Hispanic kids, while California underperforms the nation in each category.
And if we're focusing on dropouts specifically, Texas recently ranked #1 for white, black, and Asian graduation rates, #2 for Hispanics and economically disadvantaged students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Texas beats California among each and every group:
Every. Single. Category.
Again, the reality is that the left's fear mongering about Texas' allegedly dilapidated education system is just not supported by the numbers. More importantly, people aren't buying the myth. Those hundreds of thousands of Californians leaving their state and heading to Texas know better. Individuals simply wouldn't be packing up and moving to Texas if they really thought their kids were going to end up losers in the deal. Businesses wouldn't set up shop in Texas if they felt like the workforce wasn't going to be educated and skilled. Again, reality is winning in this argument, no matter how much smug leftist "journalists" invest in convincing themselves it not to be so.
The reality is that businesses and successful individuals will continue to migrate away from California and toward Texas:
Indeed, California regulates, Texas innovates:
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