By Vicki Batts
What do New York, San Francisco and Chicago all have in common? They’re all willing victims of socialism.
The far-left political ideologies that have consumed these cities are now driving them deep into financial ruin — and citizens are fleeing in greater numbers every year. Whether it’s a lack of job opportunity, exorbitantly expensive housing costs, or high taxes, there’s no shortage of bones to pick with socialist policies. While liberals may herald socialism as the progressive dream, its ideologies don’t hold up very well in the real world.
There is no stronger evidence of that than the mass migration from the most liberal states and cities in the union. New York, San Francisco, and Chicago are among the hardest hit — and it’s easy to see why. Citizens say high taxes, exorbitant costs of living and poor job prospects are driving them to look for new places to live.
The authoritarian, socialist left-wing has been ravaging American states and cities for years, and now, Democrat politicians are reaping what they sow: Citizens around the country are engaging in a mass exodus from liberal cities.
As a recent report shows, the state of Illinois has now been suffering population decline for five years in a row.
Mary Miller, a 44-year-old Illinois native, told Chicago Tribune exactly what drove her to move across the country. “It’s taxes. It’s corruption. It’s politics,” she said. Census data shows she wasn’t alone: Over 45,000 Illinois residents fled the state between 2017 and 2018.
Estimates suggest the city of Chicago is losing 156 people every day. As a whole, Illinois suffered one of the greatest population losses in the country during 2018 — second only to New York.
According to reports, New York lost a net total of 48,510 residents between July 2017 and July 2018. Out-migration, or the moving from one state to another, is a key driver for population loss in the Empire State.
Some 180,000 residents moved to other states across 2018. Since 2010, it’s estimated that New York has lost a million citizens to out-migration. The New York City Metro Area has been hit hard by massive relocation. And in sunny California, cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are undergoing a similar population decline.
While New York may be leading in population exodus at the state level, survey data shows that San Francisco is topping the charts for relocation among cities. And as Business Insider reports, a growing number of those moving away are Silicon Valley investors.
In February 2018, it was estimated that 49 percent of Bay Area dwellers were looking to leave San Francisco.
Citizens relocating from left-leaning states and cities all seem to share the same complaints: High taxes, the high cost of living, and low opportunity.
As Business Insider reports, recent tax reforms in San Francisco have made the already-high cost of living even more burdensome. Some citizens even say that they are leaving for no reason other than the stifling socialist political ideologies which seem to have overtaken the city.
The effects of liberal politics can be observed in New York and Chicago as well. Regardless of who you talk to, obscene taxes, unaffordable rents and other exhaustive costs of living are giving residents no choice but to move elsewhere. Indeed, it seems that socialist “inclusive” policies adopted by these major cities are unceremoniously ousting inhabitants. Who would have thought?
As it turns out, raising taxes to the point of insanity is a great way for politicians to drive their cash cows on to newer, greener pastures.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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