Only one of my six children has left New York for economic reasons but the strain of living in this expensive nanny state is weighing heavy on my other five and their families. As a native New Yorker, I´ve seen its middle class population decline over the years due to its neglect of blue collar families which is ironic since this is a Democrat city. With the recent arrests of several local politicians for corruption perhaps New Yorkers will pay more attention to those they put in office. Given their past indifference in local elections this is highly unlikely.
I know a number of New Yorkers in the same fix and Alicia Colon. Their kids are moving across the Hudson--sometimes a long, long way across the Hudson--because they simply cannot afford to live in NYC. In a city with a tradition of super close-knit families, this is a real tragedy
And the Navy is not playing nice by keeping ships out for fleet week. Oh it is getting harder and harder for NYC to spend other people´s money. And they will not get mine as I refuse to visit the city for anything. No meetings, plays, dining, museums, nothing.
You know those lights were bright on Broadway That was so many years ago Before we all lived here in Florida Before the Mafia took over Mexico There are not many who remember They say a handful still survive To tell the world about The way the lights went out And keep the memory alive - Billy Joel
New York - a fun place to visit but I would never live there.
Nice column Alic1a. The new ´move your business to New York state, where we are lowering taxes, and more business friendly´ commercials on TV now are so laughable. The part they left out is ´after you get here and are established we are going to raise those taxes again´. Anyone who would move a business to NY is more than slightly touched in the head.
This typically describes any city run by a demonrat. Demonrat cities suck up every taxpayer penny they can find until finally the city goes bankrupt. That is, if you´re in a state which even allows cities to declare bankruptcy. If the state doesn´t allow it, the demonrats tax you more until finally everyone moves out to better pastures. Does Stockton, Detroit, Birmingham, etc. ring any bells?
She quotes a father she interviewed: "...There is no middle class here. You have to be rich or live in the projects where you get everything for free." Just super rich elite and super poor. Sounds like feudal France, except of course, their poor worked. New York needs another million Alicia Colons.
Controlling politicians are turning the state into Escape from New York. Maybe one day after the riff raff are gone, civilized rational people will return and rehabilitate it.
If the democrat party could be compared to a computer chip that goes in a robot, we could accurately predict the robot would max out, for a while, with a narrow set(selfish) of abilities, then the robot would break.
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mc squared, 4/12/2013 8:40:58 AM (No. 9271683)
Excellent, but I would disagree with Alicia on being aligned with Republicans because she is Catholic. 12 years of my early life in Catholic schools told me they are anything but conservative. I even remember nuns handing out JFK buttons in grammar school. The Church hierarchy is very comfortable with the Democrats.
We must all fight as best we can in our small towns and burbs against the unnecessary red tape and lazy bureaucrats. My builder has sent me to do the work of getting a permit to build in my small town. It is my project and since I am the General Contractor it is my responsibility. No new houses are build in my town due to the economy but also due to the red tape. I said a prayer before going to the office that I would not say anything to ruffle feathers. I ended up doing to when I thought I was helping. The woman got her back up. So tetchey. They must get their jollies sending me back and forth...then canceling appointments due to ´weather warnings´. It is not finished yet. If I decided to quit I then plan to write a letter to the editor about the experience. Might do so even if my project is successful. They do wear us down though.
I moved from a state because of bad politics and a never ending stupid democrat controled government. When I arrived in my new found home I discovered bad politics with a different face. You can´t escape liberals willing to ruin a city or state. I´m too old to move again but if I would it would be in the deep woods but then liberals and bad government would find you there. Like Randy Weaver and his family. Peaceful, I think not. I see where Alicia is coming from.
#7-The ´´move your business to New York state´´ads are simply bribes to the media types. Besides only a fool would fall for them. Has anyone else noticed all the taxpayer funded ads on television lately? More bribes with our money!
Well-written article. It´s funny that I viewed on TV this week an advertisement produced by the state of NY that promoted how tremendously friendly NY is towards business. Just like true liberals, they don´t want to solve the real problem, rather they´ll just tell a lie.
Detroit is the poster city for Hope and Change. 50 years ago there was a lot of hope and optimism in the city, it was prosperous, well tended, people worked hard, then came the riots and Coleman Young and the black corrupt Democrats, and Detroit changed into the sewer that it is today. Now they have a state appointed manager to try to sort things out and that won´t work either. The city has changed beyond the tipping point as have Flint, Saginaw and other Democrat strongholds. Democrats and sewer those words just seem to go together.
We left NY state 10 years ago for CT. It´s no better up here and getting worse. Looking to head south to escape a super majority Demorat legislature and a Governor who is a lying angry dog. Now the former Constitution state is looking at gun manufacturers who are packing up and moving elsewhere. Jobs lost , freedom lost. Where are you going Alicia?
Republicans need to keep asking african-americans, hispanics and asians why they are following the liberal, white upper-income democrats who are doing nothing to help produce jobs. It´s almost apartheid-like now if you think about it.
Republicans need to promote ideas of lower gasoline prices thru increased production, and how that revenues will help fund teachers, police and fire too.
Siphon-off the moderate and conservative democrats.
Only 21% are liberal, so 79% don´t agree with their schemes and policies.
I second the motion, #15. No matter how hard I try, I can´t hate New York or New Yorkers. I owe the City and it´s people more than I could ever repay.
I arrived in New York in the ´50s, a young Southern boy still limping from the Korean War. I had just lost my entire family including my young wife and I was no more than a shell of a human being. I don´t think I was even sane.
What happened over the next years could not have happened anywhere else. The City, as it is referred to by people who live there, gave me back my life, gave me an education and eventually a wonderful family. I will be eternally grateful to New York and it´s good, often misunderstood, people.
The middle class that has a future moved out of the state leaving the losers behind. Those dumb losers keep electing the same politicians who promise to "fix" things but don´t have the capability or smarts to do so. Nanny government CANNOT work. All it can deliver is minimal "ghetto" services. The wealthy people that stay are well capable of sheltering most of their income in other states or out of the country or work with the corrupt politicians to get deals that benefit them in exchange for campaign contributions and kick backs.
Good luck Alicia but the smart people have already left the state. It´s not going to magically turn around because very few left there are willing to make it happen.
I beg your pardon #18 then #32, my native state had this migration from each of your states way back when this sort of bilge moved quietly because of their relative size. Being a true friendly state we ignorantly stood by and watched as our western way of thinking was dismantled brick by brick. Then it was too late. I thought I would never move out of my state, but here I am. A current resident of Nevada, plan to stay because of medical reasons, I have seen plenty of native citizens here spout off with their lib ideas. It´s everywhere. BTW, an extreme few are more hard core conservative than me, and continue to love my country to the death. I took an oath to do so right before I voluteered for war right after. What I got for that belief is the reason I have to stick close to a VA hospital today. Also I want you to know I wouldn´t have it any other way. So please don´t poo poo on all that flee the likes of my former state. Born in San Diego, reside in Nevada where I don´t have to apologize for my guns, and I wouldn´t have that any other way. We are citizens with a common theme. To take back what has been stolen and drive these little blue b´tards into the ocean. God Bless us all.
We are contemplating a move from Minnesota, where it has become absolutely insufferable. We are taxed to death. They took away our homestead exemption (for everyone) a couple years ago, and our property taxes, doubled. The state taxes are through the roof. Utilities are eating us alive, even our water/sewer bill is over $100 a month. Hubby has a possible chance to transfer to Virginia. It sure can´t be any worse than Minnesota, and would most likely be better. We are seriously thinking of putting our house on the market, getting whatever we can, and fleeing this extremely blue state!
FTA: (Bloomberg) faked being a Republican to get elected in 2001 but he has always been a liberal Democrat.
Back in 2001 after the election to determine the successor to America´s Mayor--Rudy Giuliani--a member of my extended family (who owns a seat on the NYSE and has known Bloomberg personally for many years) said precisely what Ms. Colon wrote: that Bloomberg has always been a liberal Democrat. And for me not to get my hopes up that he´d be anything like Giuliani.
Here in Florida in a space of two years the orange-skinned tergiversating ex-governor Charlie Crist has been a Republican (to oppose Rubio, hoping in vain for a majority), then an Independent (to oppose Rubio a second time, hoping in vain for a plurality), and now like a potted plant reversing its growth cycle, growing back into the soil, disappearing below ground, and reverting back to seed, has returned to his real home: the Democratic (sic) Party. Someone tamp down that dirt!
Our esteemed hostess in Manhattan. Mrs. G., is in the same frustrated minority as Ms. Colon: New Yorkers who probably will never live to see political sanity return to the great City. We out here in the red or purple hinterlands send along our sympathy and our encouragement, knowing that common sense principles will ultimately prevail in America.
After the meltdown.
All of this political largesse comes with the heftiest of price tags. Come what may, the ruling Democrats are going to ride this steer right into the dirt.
The problem is that they are like locusts, coming to a new state to destroy the good and demand free stuff. I am a life long Virinian, and New Yorkers and other assorted liberals have tipped the scales by moving to the Virginia DC suburbs, making what was a reliable conservative state into a toss up. If it were not for Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties, we would be a free state.
My family came from one of those blue collar neighborhoods(and we were proudly blue collar, working to build everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Empire State Building to JFK airport). Our neighborhood was safe and clean. People washed their front stoops and looked out for their neighbors. Our schools were good, producing even some Nobel Prize winners. But we saw a great city be ruined by hoards of welfare takers and the politicians that fed them, with our taxes.
Only a couple of family members still remain there.
But Alicia, if you´re reading this, many blue collar folks didn´t register Republican, even if they voted that way. New York has closed primaries. They registered Democrat, and then in the primary voted for the most conservative Democrat, knowing that a Democrat would almost assuredly win the general election.
I loved NYC, lived in midtown Manhattan for 10 years, from 88 to 98, the Giuliani years. It was a wonderful, vibrant, exciting city. I left for family reasons. Now I realize, I couldn´t or wouldn´t afford to live there again. It was a great experience I wouldn´t change for anything.
But, it has become a nanny state, it is so much worse than when I lived there. Thank you Rudi, I got to enjoy a wonderful city, while it was better than it was both before and after your mayoralty.
One of the bad things about Liberals moving out of Liberal/Marxist States to Conservative States, is they are taking their low class Liberal slime with them.
I read where they are trying to get as many as they can into Texas so that they can turn Texas "blue". If Honorable Texans allow that to happen then they deserve to live in the Liberal Marxist slime.
They should shame those folks and make them go back where they came from.
As for New York, I think having Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck move their broadcasts out of New York to other States should tell intelligent people something. Perhaps not moving out they may be gluttons for punishment.
Oh I know Loyalty to home is strong and admirable. But then I would never live where I was born, in Louisville KY either. It´s become a Marxist city with a Newspaper owned by Marxist Gannett.
We must remember the original plan of both the Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialist of America was to take over our schools, universities, media, and government at all levels.
You don´t suppose they were successful, do you and who allowed it to happen?
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