It is not uncommon for voters to make seemingly irrational decisions when it comes to electing politicians, and nowhere is this more evident than in the states of New York and California. Both of these states have a reputation for embracing progressive policies that have ultimately proved to be detrimental to their societies. Yet, despite the numerous failures of these approaches, Democrats in these states continue to support politicians who espouse such beliefs.
This type of self-destructive behavior is particularly prevalent in New York, which has long been a bastion of progressivism. The state's residents have consistently elected officials who are more concerned with pushing their own agendas than with serving the needs of the people. This has had a devastating impact on every aspect of life in the state, from the economy to the quality of education and healthcare.
It's no surprise, then, that many conservative voters in both New York and California are fed up with the status quo and are choosing to leave these states for ones that are led by Republican officials. These individuals are seeking out states that offer lower taxes, more personal freedoms, and a more business-friendly environment.
Many have found what they are looking for in places like Florida, where the Ron DeSantis administration has implemented policies that have made life easier for residents. As a result, an increasing number of New York Republicans are packing up and moving to the Sunshine State.
Thousands of conservatives and independents decided they’d had enough of failed leadership. They fled New York to escape the consequences of progressive leftist policies. Ahead of New York’s gubernatorial vote last fall, Democrat candidate Kathy Hochul said, “good riddance.”
While campaigning against Republican candidate Lee Zeldin, Hochul told Republican voters to “just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, OK?” “You are not New Yorkers.” As her state’s population continues to erode, Hochul is singing a different tune.
Prior to the November election, thousands of New Yorkers had already taken Hochul’s advice. They’ve chosen to flee New York's oppressive, anti-business climate and skyrocketing crime rates. These people have moved in the hopes of seeking a better life in places such as Florida.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2022, New York had the greatest decline in residents of any state. Florida had the highest rate of growth. With the landslide victory of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, it’s not surprising.
Hochul narrowly defeated Republican Zeldin in a state dominated by Democrats. It’s understandable to believe Zeldin might have won if not for the mass exodus of Republican votes. It seemed bizarre—or perhaps convenient—that Hochul encouraged voters to leave.
But now, after getting elected, the New York liberal governor is saying, “We must and will make our state safe.” “We have to make our state more affordable.” “We must reverse the trend of people leaving our state in search of lower costs and opportunities elsewhere.”
Again, it is rather convenient to change your tune after your political ideology has compelled thousands of residents to leave your once proud state. Maybe Hochul should come up with some viable solutions to the problems that are driving New Yorkers to leave.
Some sense of respect for the rule of law would be a nice place to start. Wasteful government spending that necessitates exorbitant taxes would be another. Possibly come up with a workable plan to fix New York’s costly and crumbling transportation system.
New York can make itself safer by supporting law enforcement and prosecuting criminals. Stopping the radical Democrat policies of tax and spend would immediately help residents. Pushing back against the woke culture that is dominant across New York might help as well.
Instead of begging people to move back, perhaps do something to make it worth their while. New Yorkers who have escaped the pitiful progressive policies of elected Democrats should consider themselves fortunate.
Nothing’s going to change. Democrats like Hochul talk a good game, but they rarely deliver. But at least New Yorkers who wisely got out can sit back and watch the state continue to crumble, and crumble it will.