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Get Me Out Of Here! Data Shows California Exodus Isn’t Subsiding, It’s Accelerating

In case you missed it, or as we might say via text or on social media ICYMI, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently tried his hand at damage control. As you may recall, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Newsom ran TV ads in Florida bad-mouthing the policies of the Sunshine State’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. One ad began with, “It’s Independence Day, so let’s talk about what’s going on in America.” From there, the ad went on to promote Newsom’s approach to (chuckle) freedom.

Thanks to a recent admission by Newsom, we now know his alleged reason for running the ads, a marketing campaign that undoubtedly fizzled with its effort to lure Florida residents to move to California and earned Mr. Newsom widespread ridicule on around the country. Newsom’s ads preached about ‘freedom’ but were driven by the governor’s objections to DeSantis shutting down vaccine mandates.

Because if there’s one thing that freedom-lovers like Newsom detest, it’s the idea of fellow citizens having the right to decide what to inject into their own bodies.

Based data recently released data, however, it appears clear that Newsom’s idea of freedom and those of current and former Californians differ greatly. One of the freedoms being increasingly exercised by residents of the Golden State is the freedom to leave.

According to The Mercury News:

“Only Illinois ranked worse off than the Golden State when it came to moving vans heading for the border during the pandemic, according to the report, which focused on data from the moving company United Van Lines. In 2018-19, 56% of moves in California were families fleeing the state. In 2020-21, that figure jumped to nearly 60%.

The state that was by far the biggest draw of California residents? It was Texas, the destination for more than 7,500 California families during the four years in the study, perhaps little surprise given that Silicon Valley’s tech giants like Oracle, Tesla and Hewlett Packard Enterprise picked up and moved their headquarters there too.”

In addition to Texas, guess what other states the data shows Californians fleeing to? You guessed it: Florida.

Ironically, the two states in the country with the highest incidence rates of abandonment also have two governors being talked about as potential presidential candidates for the Democratic Party: Newsom and the equally annoying and incompetent J.B. Pritzker of Illinois. Such is the state of the Democrats.

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With a withering president only 18 months into his first term in Joe Biden, a punchline of a Vice-President in Kamala Harris, and a laughable stable of other candidates including Pete Buttigieg, Liz Warren, and Cory Booker, the Democrats are looking at their proverbial bench to see who they can send to the on-deck circle, and the best they can come up with so far is Newsom and Pritzker. Uh-oh.

The reasons for the California exodus couldn’t be clearer. As crime and homelessness are turning the state into a hellhole for residents, Newsom is focused on social equity. As state spending and taxation skyrocket, Newsom wants to spend more money to become the nation’s leader in abortions. And as the rest of the country has finally recognized the reality of COVID’s politicization, Newsom wants to keep hammering away at vaccine mandates and scaring his citizens.

We can imagine the 2024 Republican campaign ads already, can’t we? “Do you really want to vote for some clown running a state from where residents can’t wait to leave? Or would you rather have the governor of a state to which people are flocking? Or a man who was already president and had remarkable results during his term?” Some campaign ads simply write themselves.

By Jordan Case

Jordan Case offers opinions from the unique perspective of both entrepreneur and parent and is a regular contributor to The Blue State ConservativeJordan does not participate in the cesspool of social media. 

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