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Only Liberal Pols Can Truly Describe What's Wrong With Them

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to supporters during an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Michael Dorstewitz By Friday, 16 November 2018 01:39 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Two Democrats revealed this week, without intending to do so, the problem with liberal policy — one in New York, the other Florida.

New York, New York

When Democratic N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaigned to bring Amazon to his state, he inadvertently revealed why companies hesitate to move to Democratic-controlled jurisdictions, known as blue states.

The New York Times reported that New York and Virginia tried to tempt the Internet retail giant by collectively offering it in excessive of $2 billion in tax incentives, plus "hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure spending, worker training and other government assistance."

Amid growing criticism, Cuomo defended the decision, stating that the Empire State has to offer incentives because of its high taxes — otherwise companies would move to Republican-controlled red states.

"It’s not a level playing field to begin with," Cuomo told The Times. "All things being equal, if we do nothing, they’re going to Texas."

Bingo! That should be a clarion call to all Democratic state lawmakers, governors and members of Congress: By avoiding excessive taxation, business is attracted and grows, job numbers increase, and the economy spikes.

Cuomo said it himself: Because of New York’s tax structure, "it’s not a level playing field."

And incidentally, with a growing economy, tax revenues actually increase despite the lower tax rate. Economist Art Laffer, who was a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, described that principle and illustrated it in what became known as the Laffer Curve.

But rather than telling New York legislators, "Hey guys, maybe we’re overtaxing the people of out state," he proceeds the way Democrats have always done — keep taxes high, over-regulate business, while offering sweetheart deals to attract new business.

On to the Sunshine State

Also this week, a failed candidate for Florida’s 18th Congressional District sent out a message calling for reinforcements from blue states (such as Cuomo’s New York) to turn the Sunshine State blue.

Pam Keith, who lost the Democratic primary to Lauren Baer (who in turn lost the general election to Republican Brian Mast), tempted like-minded liberals to make the trek to a Repubican-controlled state.

"Hey Blue State Dems: Have you considered moving to a red state?" she asked. "A migration of only 50k people would turn some red states blue for the Senate & electoral college."

Then Keith tempted blue-state Democrats with a siren song extolling the virtues of living in a red state.

"Think about it. Wide open spaces, low cost of living & an outsized say in our politics. Indeed, 75k would flip Fla."

First of all, Florida is not a true red state. As former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris told Newsmax, "It’s a purple state," made obvious by its characteristic razor-thin margins in statewide elections

More importantly, just as Cuomo should consider his admission that high taxes repel business from his state, maybe she should think about what she’d just said, "Wide open spaces, low cost of living."

How long does she think that would last with a horde of liberal Democrats running the state?

Keith asked her fellow liberal Democrats to bring like-minded friends with them when they make the exodus to red states. "Don’t do it alone!! Bring squad with you, if you can," she said.

Keith also had advice for liberals who feel threatened by living next door to Neanderthal-like conservatives. "Build a network of support," she continued. "Find other folks in the area who feel isolated too. Go to Farmer’s markets, yoga studios, organic grocers, craft breweries, foreign language meet ups, dance classes. Just some suggestions."

That statement indicates a clear revulsion toward and prejudice against conservatives.

Find solace and support from like-minded liberals?

So much for the concept of "diversity" that liberals like to espouse.

Similar migrations have been ongoing for companies and individuals escaping California’s excessive taxs, crushing regulation environment to move to Arizona. The problem is, they bring their politics and values with them.

There’s no better proof of that than last week’s Arizona midterms. A former female Air Force fighter pilot was defeated by a far-left Democrat who once called her state “the meth lab of the nation” and who saw nothing wrong with Americans joining the Taliban. It was the first time Arizona, home of the late conservative icon Barry Goldwater, had seen a Democrat in that office in decades.

And so, for the Andrew Cuomos of the world, if you want to attract new business while still being fair to the businesses already there, lower the taxes and regulations for everyone.

And for the Pam Keiths of the world, if you truly enjoy the cost of living and wide-open spaces of Florida, don’t ruin it by enacting your liberal high-tax policies.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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Democrats have always kept taxes high, over-regulated business, while offering sweetheart deals to attract new business. By avoiding excessive taxation, business is attracted and grows, job numbers increase, and the economy spikes.
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Friday, 16 November 2018 01:39 PM
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