I live in the great state of Texas, the destination of millions of people leaving states where they can no longer afford the costs of housing, child care, property taxes, and doing business . According to this article, sixty-six people per day moved into San Antonio from July 2016 to July 2017. And somewhere around 100-150 a day are moving into Austin according to this article. Other states with low taxes and housing costs and plentiful jobs are seeing the same influx.
I have nothing against people relocating, it’s the American way. I’m just wondering how long until my birthplace is ruined by overcrowding or if those other state’s voters will wake up and make necessary changes to stop the bleeding. Social programs are not meant to be the foundation of a state’s economy. People need jobs. They need power over their own lives and finances. When too many people are dependent on the government for basic necessities, the foundation begins to crack. Signs of problems include long waiting lists for subsidized housing, schools without funding, poor road conditions, idle able-bodied men and teens, overcrowded free clinics and public hospitals, closed down stores and factories, and companies moving business to other states.
In Texas we are straining under the burden of the constant influx of new residents. The city and highway traffic is bad and the schools are crowded. There is not enough low-cost housing available in many cities and middle class job availability is shrinking. I have been searching the job listings and I am shocked at how little some of the jobs pay that require a college degree, not enough to pay rent or live on.
I have sympathy for these people, but I also worry about my state. It’s time for Democrat leaders to stop the destruction of their own state’s economies. Stop catering to the rich and making promises they can’t afford to the poor. Rebuild their manufacturing and industry and create a technology infrastructure. Attract businesses by making it profitable to do business in their state.
There’s another reason people are leaving states like California. The state government has decided that personal freedom is no longer guaranteed by the constitution in their state. Laws that restrict private health choices are enacted along with local laws that restrict property owners . Don’t like something? Make a law or ordinance banning it requiring it!
UPDATE: This popped up in my Facebook feed after I wrote this blog. https://fee.org/articles/new-census-data-show-americans-are-migrating-from-tax-punishing-states/