December 7, 2020

Add a new famous name to the list of successful and innovative people fleeing California’s far-left policies, confiscatory taxes and draconian lockdowns. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, already put his California houses on the market and began expanding his operations in Texas. Now, close friends are telling the media that he’s told them he’s planning to move to the Lone Star State.

Musk is the world’s second-wealthiest person, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, so the idea of living in a state with no income tax must be attractive. But judging from his recent comments about the deadly and illogical coronavirus policies in California, that’s hardly the only thing that has him channeling Davy Crockett in telling California’s leaders, “You can all go to hell, and I am going to Texas.” Or maybe he just wants to be in a state that can actually keep the lights on.

Judging from its current government, it’s not as if California can stand much of a “brain drain” like the one Britain caused in the ‘60s with its 105% tax rates. But it definitely has one, with everyone from small business owners to tech millionaires putting in calls to U-Haul. To show the quality of the brains that are being left behind to run the state even further into the ground, there’s a large contingent of leftist activists in San Francisco celebrating driving out the people whose taxes pay for the lavish government benefits they demand. They’re the West Coast version of AOC celebrating blocking Amazon from creating 25,000 jobs in her district because “capitalism bad!”

It’s not known where Musk might be planning to move, but he’s been expanding his operations in Austin. I hope that he, and anyone who might join him in moving from California to Texas, will take a good, hard look at what’s happened to Austin under its far-left city leadership and remember that it does no good to flee California for a better-run state if you vote for the same kind of idiotic policies that fouled the nest you just flew away from.

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  • Linda LuGene Williams

    12/08/2020 05:29 PM

    World's 2nd wealthiest person and they screw him over. That is stupid on steroids. You couldn't write a book about the democrats. No one would believe it. They run a demented septugenarian for president, have to hide him from the public and the even the adoring media AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT.

  • Steven J Weingart

    12/08/2020 09:24 AM

    San Antonio! Remember the Alamo

  • Bruce Grieve

    12/08/2020 06:41 AM

    I left my home state of California in 2002 a very difficult decision because N California is in my opinion some of the most beautiful country in our great country, but I could see the writing on the wall. Politically it seemed all they wanted to do is continue to suck the life out of hard working people. I pray that some how some day the voters in California wake up and smell the stench.

  • Jean Diamond

    12/07/2020 07:49 PM

    That the worrisome part liberals move because they want a better life then vote for all the things that made their old state bad. They should stay and fix the bad one not ruin what's not broken.


    12/07/2020 05:04 PM

    I'm all for folks looking to get out of socialist/liberal states who want to TAX business into oblivion, but dot NOT import your liberal / socialist beliefs at the state line.

  • Shirley Cooley

    12/07/2020 05:01 PM

    Please do not move to Texas and vote DEMOCRAT! You will create your own Hell there!

  • Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

    12/07/2020 04:59 PM

    Governor. I live here in Fremont, CA, headquarters for Tesla, their main and larger plant. You are correct. The radical left politicians are destroying this once great State. It is sad, my wife was born and raised here in California, I was born in Cuba but left after the Castro-Communist revolution took my father's Plumbing Co in Havana, which he built from the ground-up and they changed our way of life, my parents sent me and my younger brother to the US,in the early 60's, then they came in later. I am in my 70's and in fairly good shape, thank God, but I am afraid for this country and I am a positive person by nature. My best wishes to you and your family. My the Lord continue to bless you.