Based on a thorough study by American Legislative Exchange Council, the top 10 states that voted for Hillary Clinton have a disturbing commonality in that they are failures and are dying and people are moving out. According to the ALEC website:
“The American Legislative Exchange Council is America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. Comprised of nearly one-quarter of the country’s state legislators and stakeholders from across the policy spectrum, ALEC members represent more than 60 million Americans and provide jobs to more than 30 million people in the United States.”
In their study, they looked at fifteen variables that dealt with every state’s economic health and their findings indicate a very gloomy and decaying past for states that are traditionally Democratic and voted for Hillary Clinton in the November election.
The people in these blue states are in a depression, and not a statewide funk because they lost, but an economic depression. More people are leaving these states than are moving in. Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut — every single one of them lost domestic migration (excluding immigration) over the last 10 years (2004-14). Nearly 2.75 million more Americans left California and New York than entered these states. New York has taken a hit of nearly 1.5 million from 2005 to 2014 in their state’s residency, more than any other state.
Over the past ten years, both New York and California, at the hands of Democrats, have passed a number of pieces of legislation that make the states unfriendly for businesses, for firearm manufacturers, firearms sales, and the average working class American family.
Even the beautiful state of Hawaii, where everyone dreams about living, has one of the top marginal personal income tax rates and the highest sales tax burden. The sunshine and climate are not enough to keep residents from migrating away from the state which dropped in population from 2005 to 2014.
Among the factors that Clinton Blue States have in common are high tax rates, heavy regulation, high welfare benefits, environmental extremism, elevated minimum wages and are very progressive in government. Most of them outlaw energy drilling and all this is the platform of the left-wing Democratic policy. Liberalism doesn’t create a worker’s paradise, rather it creates a worker’s nightmare or graveyard.
Blue states fare worse than red states when it comes to income inequality. Reported by The Washington Times:
“According to a 2016 report by the Economic Policy institute, three of the states with the largest gaps between rich and poor are … those progressive icons New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Sure, Boston, Manhattan and Silicon Valley are booming as the rich prosper. But outside these areas are deep pockets of poverty and wage stagnation.”
“The lesson to be learned from the states is that the “progressive” tax and spend agenda has been put on trial. Not only do the policies lead to much slower growth, they also benefit the rich and politically well-connected at the expense of everyone else.”
Based upon the ALEC study and many other reports, the economic and social policies of liberal Democrats, including those of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, are proven to be economic and social failures. Like the witch in Snow White, liberal politicians present their poisonous policies in pretty and attractive packages, but once consumed, the results are devastating. Sadly, those that have bought into such harmful policies remain blinded by the promises of riches, when all they get is higher taxes and more poverty.