Is it an ominous sign when the cows start to flee a state?
California is already suffering from a population net out-migration. In fact, California reportedly has lost population every year since 1990. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 3,642,490 people have moved from the formerly "Golden State" to other parts of the U.S. If all these California refugees had landed in one area it would be the third largest city in America.
And in a real irony, Oklahoma and Arkansas — two states that sent much of their population to California as "Okies" during the Dust Bowl years — have been gaining new residents courtesy of the tarnished Golden State.
And now it seems that even the cows are heading for points east. Gina Potthoff, who reports for Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk.com, writes that area ranchers are selling their herds to Texas cowmen because of the crippling man-made drought in California.
Sure we aren’t getting as much rain as we have in the past, but the lack of rainfall is being exacerbated by foolish environmental policies that divert desperately needed water from farming and ranching to save a minnow-sized fish that no one is sure is even endangered.
As a result jobs, people, and cattle move to Texas while enviro-bureaucrats and the green lobby worship a fish that looks like it would be more comfortable in a child’s fishbowl.
Even worse, Texas is enduring drought conditions, too, but the government there isn’t working against farmers and ranchers.
Once the cows arrive in the Lone Star State there’s a good chance they may see someone they know. Texas is in the top four states benefiting from California out-migration. In the 18 years between 1992 and 2010, some 127,297 California households packed up and become citizens of Texas.
The canaries in the California coal mine died a long time ago, so it’s only natural the cows are leaving today. Spend-and-tax-acrat government has saddled residents there with one of the nation’s highest income tax, highest unemployment levels, and poorest delivery of government services. So the question becomes: Why not leave?
When human ex-Californians get to Texas they find a state with no personal income tax, a growing economy, and low unemployment. What they don’t find are bureaucrats that put fish ahead of people.
There is a lesson in this for California politicians and policy makers, but unfortunately you have a better chance of teaching the cows how to govern effectively than you do the politicians.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
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