Immutable laws of life: Just as people sweat more the higher the mercury rises, so do people flee more the more leftists are in the government. From Venezuela to New York to California and all points in between, the further left the government, the more people are voting with their feet.
Latest case in point: Chicago. New figures show Cook County’s population has declined every year for the past four years (and that’s not just because of the murder rate.) Three surrounding counties that had been growing also showed a drop in population from 2017 to 2018. Among America’s 10 largest metro areas, the biggest population gains were in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta, while only L.A., New York City and Chicago lost population. Percentage-wise, Chicago’s population loss was more than twice that of New York’s and nearly five times that of Los Angeles.
Reasons given by residents for leaving Chicago include “high taxes, government corruption, crime rates, economic instability, long commutes, an overall rise in the cost of living and the weather.” The only thing on that list that you can’t plausibly blame on Chicago’s government is the weather, even though Democrats are trying to blame bad weather on Republicans.
Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931, but voters recently decided to try fixing some of the Democratic corruption by electing socialists to the city council. That’s like trying to cure your unhealthy smoking habit by switching to heroin. The good news is that if you are in a heavily-leftwing city and are foolhardy enough to open a business, there’s still a killing to be made in U-Haul franchises. That is, if you can get past all the regulations to open it and shield any of your profits from the tax collectors.