Should I stay or should I go?

From The Clash:

From Breitbart:

Sean Hannity to leave New York after Andrew Cuomo’s anti-conservative rant
By Jeffrey Poor | January 20, 2014

In a radio interview last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) made some disparaging comments about pro-life conservatives, stating they had “no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Those remarks drew the ire of conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, who on his Monday radio program declared he had enough and was abandoning his home state, where he hosts his widely syndicated radio show and his high-rated Fox News Channel television program.

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said. “I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”

More at the link, which contains the audio, but the infernal thing auto-launches, something I despise.

Mr Hannity continued to note that, in leaving the Empire State, he was taking all of his money with him — he’s a millionaire several times over — and, in doing so, the people who work for him in producing his shows would either have to go with him or lose their jobs, though he mockingly suggested that the Governor could take care of those who lost their jobs.

If Mr Hannnity follows through with his threat, he wouldn’t be the first to do so: Rush Limbaugh departed for Florida several years ago, and Glenn Beck picked up and took his production to Texas.

Mr Hannity does radio and television, things which are location-independent. Some infrastructure is required, but radio and television broadcasts are prepared all over the country, and Mr Hannity would find few problems in securing the facilities to broadcast. There are Fox Network affiliates all over the country, and it would be simple enough to make it happen.

In the meantime, Mr Hannity’s net income would increase by the amount in New York state income taxes he wouldn’t have to pay. In addition, the production personnel would cost less because salaries, wages and the general cost of living is lower in Florida and Texas. Economically, it would be a sound and sensible decision. And I’d note here that New York, once our most populous state, had slipped to third, behind California and Texas, as of the last census, and will surrender third place to Florida in short order, if it hasn’t already happened.

If this were just a matter of dollars and cents, then Mr Hannity would be late in coming to such a decision. But it’s not: Mr Hannity is a New Yorker, and has emotional ties to the area, and they are at least part of what has kept him paying too much in taxes for all of these years. Karen, the Lonely Conservative, wrote:

If I could leave this state I would in a heartbeat. But for the time being we’re stuck here with this nasty man as governor. And to think this guy wants to run for president. Beware, America.

Karen and her husband have a small business in New York, one which can’t just be pulled up and transplanted; that’s why they’re stuck. It’s also one of the reasons she writes so often about all of the burdens that the Democrats are putting on small businesses; they aren’t just intellectual exercises to her, but something that her husband and she see every day, and have to work through to keep their business running. Governor Cuomo can’t really run them out of state, unless, of course, the state puts so many burdens on business that they are run out of business. She also noted that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Extends Invitation To New York Conservatives.

One of our greatest presidents ever once said, “The chief business of the American people is business.” President Calvin Coolidge understood what it took to have a strong economy. From the Harvard Business Review:

It was his only one-liner. In January 1925 President Calvin Coolidge—nicknamed “Silent Cal” for his taciturnity—declared, “The chief business of the American people is business.” Is that still true? When I moved from the United Kingdom to the United States, I certainly assumed so.

Yet evidence to the contrary is accumulating. In 2012 Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin showed that graduates of Harvard Business School overwhelmingly favor foreign over U.S. locations for new investment. They asked HBS alumni about 607 decisions in which they’d been involved on whether or not to offshore operations. The U.S. retained the business in only 16% of those cases. Asked why they favored foreign locations, the respondents listed the areas in which they saw America falling behind the rest of the world. The top 10 included effectiveness of the political system, simplicity of the tax code, regulation, efficiency of the legal framework, and flexibility in hiring and firing.

Such survey data would be less disturbing if they weren’t corroborated elsewhere. In the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Competitiveness Report, the U.S. doesn’t make the top 20 on 21 out of 22 measures of institutional quality. On eight it doesn’t make even the top 50. Example: It ranks 59th on the basis of executives’ answers to the question “To what extent do government officials in your country show favoritism to well-connected firms and individuals when deciding upon policies and contracts?” Crony capitalism used to be what Americans complained about in Asia. No longer. At least seven Asian countries now score above the U.S. on this measure.

Many development economists argue that poor countries can get richer if they improve their institutions, particularly the rule of law. The converse also applies: Rich countries can get poorer if their institutions deteriorate, particularly the rule of law. Today only lawyers think the United States has the world’s best legal system. Everyone else knows it has become a nightmare of impossibly complicated statutes (example: Dodd-Frank), open-ended liability (tort costs are the highest in the industrialized world relative to GDP), and eye-watering billable hours.

More at the link.

After five years and one day under President Obama, who was supposed to bring us an economic recovery following the collapse in 2008, our economy is still growing at a very sluggish pace, and the number of new jobs being created is far to small to really make economic progress. The official unemployment rate has come down, but only because so many people have dropped out of the workforce and aren’t being counted as unemployed in the statistics, as far as the official number is concerned.1 Regardless of how nobly-intentioned one thinks the liberals and the Democrats are,2 what they want and what they do are things which are harmful to business, are harmful to our economy, and are harmful to working people everywhere. In their great sympathy for those who are less successful in our economy, they are advancing policies which don’t help the less successful become more successful, but which add burdens to drag down those who are working harder and more productively. Rather than arising tide which lifts all boats, they prefer to drain the water so people will be more equal, while they are all stuck in the mud.
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  1. The U-6 rate is closer to reality, but even it tends to understate the loss of workers to discouragement.
  2. Your Editor is thinking worse and worse of their intentions every day.

7 Comments

  1. Pingback: Pro Life? Support The Second Amendment? Andrew Cuomo Wants You To Leave NY | The Lonely Conservative

  2. Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.

    He kinda sounds like comrade Perry, doesn’t he? Any disagreement and one is an extremist! So lets see if I got this straight. If one believes in the “right to life”, that the life of an innocent child is worth saving then he’s an “extremist”. If one believes we have a second amendment right to lawfullyown and operate an assault weapon (whatever that is) one is some extremist. And none of us as far as I know are “anti-gay”. We may not buy into gay marriage but that has nothing to do with being anti anything. I know a gay guy who is anti gay marriage, is he too anti-gay?

    So after centuries it is suddenly “extremist” to believe in life, self defense and traditional marriage?

    Then in typical lying liberal style Cuomo denies he said what we all heard him say and the spin cycle clicks into high gear. How a major political party can exist with these warped ideas, and actually have any credibility with anyone but the lowest and dumbest people is staggering. And they keep saying these stupid things over and over and their dumbass minions like our comrade Perry not only defend them but still believe and endorse them.. There really is no limit to stupidity.

  3. There really is no limit to stupidity.

    I’m sorry, but I gotta disagree with you on this one. Big time. I only wish the issue were stupidity. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

    These people are not stupid at all. What they are, among other things, is extremely skilled liars. Dana noted above he is having more and more doubts about their “Good intentions”. I state outright that their intentions are evil, but they are very good at faking their “Good intentions”, “Compassion”, and the rest. So good, in fact, they conservatives rarely if ever attack their motives, which is why conservatives so often lose.

  4. The truth is that for five years and one day, Republican anti Americans have unashamedly sabotaged our economic recovery for their own political gain, sad to say.

  5. Regrettably, the Republicans haven’t been in position to do anything about the Obama agenda for five years and one day; they have for three years and 23 days, the time following retaking control of the House of Representatives.

    Of course, had President Obama’s stimulus plan actually worked, had it done what the President, his economists and his minions had claimed it would do, the Republicans wouldn’t have regained control of the House in the 2010 elections.

    And we can see the results as things differ in the states. Places where taxes are lower and the business climate is better, states primarily controlled by Republicans, states in which more conservative policies are in place, the economy is doing better than the country as a whole.

  6. Republican anti Americans have unashamedly sabotaged

    That’s how a “moralist” sees things? A political rival in a constitutional republic is not just a political rival..he’s anti American and a saboteur? So if I believe in free will to buy the insurance I choose…I’m anti American. If I believe in the second amendment…I’m a saboteur. If I believe in protecting the life of babies and that sodomy is wrong …I am again anti American. Seems to me The Moralist does not know what a real American is. Also seems to me that like his commie friends Cuomo and DeBlasio, comrade Moralist defines the very worst of American culture. He believes in subjugation, exile and death of those he disagrees with. These leftists, these would be saviors, these pompous narcissists who think they know better than anyone else, these cowards who hide their policies behind lies and deceit are the REAL anti Americans.

    Yes, comrade Perry, we know who you are. You can call yourself Wagonwheel, Observer, Moralist or any other lie you like but to us you’ll always be comrade Perry. And in typical leftist fashion you must lie about who and what you are to fool the people you would try to dominate.

  7. And we can see the results as things differ in the states. Places where taxes are lower and the business climate is better, states primarily controlled by Republicans, states in which more conservative policies are in place, the economy is doing better than the country as a whole.

    These are also what is known as the “taker states”, getting more fed money back than they give. They are also the most neglectful of those in need in their states, like, depriving their poorer compatriots from the benefits of health insurance. How cruel is that? Conservative policies are not necessarily better, often worse, for the general weal of the community.

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