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Are Okies' Great Grandkids Heading Back Home?

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A view of atmosphere at the downtown Oklahoma City train station during Amtrak National Train Day on May 11, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (David McNeese/Getty Images for Amtrak)

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Saturday, 24 Dec 2016 06:56 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Much of America’s collective memory regarding the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s has beleaguered Okies following their soil as it blew west across the country toward California. So many thousands arrived in the Golden State that residents became resentful and complained about Okies willing to work for less than Californians were being paid.

Fortunately, California eventually elected a socialist state government and now everyone makes less.

Still, some of the Okie and native Californian descendants are dissatisfied with their economic situation and looking to go back to, of all places, Oklahoma!

According to statistics compiled from IRS tax returns, from the years 2006 to 2011 (the most recent available with state-to-state data and prior to Jerry Brown’s second term as governor) 33,849 California residents moved back to Indian Country.

And that’s only a portion of the exodus to points east. In the period between 2013 and 2014, over 250,000 California folks said “adios, amigos!” and moved somewhere.

Oklahoma’s figures please the state chamber of commerce but the number of people going to Texas dwarfs the number heading for the Sooner State, to say nothing of the income California loses. Again between 2013 and 2014, tax returns representing $2.19 billion in adjusted gross income pulled up staples and headed to the Lone Star State.

To put that in perspective, if that number was tax dollars, you could run the entire state of Wyoming or South Dakota on just the revenue that left for Texas.

If those states are a little too rugged, rural and reactionary for your tastes, the same revenue would also operate crunchy granola states like Vermont or Delaware.

The reason for the exodus is simple. The Washington Free Beacon interviewed Nathan Nascimento of Freedom Partners and he explained, “When tax and regulatory climates are bad, people will move to better economic environments — this phenomenon isn’t a mystery, it’s how marketplaces work. Not only should other state governments take note of this, but so should the federal government.”

In Oklahoma and Texas California residents are shocked at how much lower home prices are and they still have regular mail service and cable TV. To say nothing of the lack of an income tax in Texas, which is a 13 percent pay increase for some California residents.

Maybe sometime in the future the leftists in charge in Sacramento will learn they can’t continue to exchange productive citizens for welfare recipients and hope to have enough revenue to run the state to their liking.

But I’m not holding my breath.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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Maybe sometime in the future the leftists in charge in Sacramento will learn they can’t continue to exchange productive citizens for welfare recipients and hope to have enough revenue to run the state to their liking.
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