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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Keep Texas red

Led by Silicon Valley relocations, many are the corporate headquarters moving to Texas. Democrat Eric Johnson, mayor of Dallas, welcomes the moves.

He told the Dallas Regional Chamber, "I love all of our Metroplex area mayors, but I want to beat them when it comes to corporate relocations.

"I want to beat them when it comes to economic development. I want to see more deals done in the city. I want more office parks going up in the southern part of our city. I want more deals of all sorts."

Johnson said he wanted to increase the tax base, citing rising crime and a reduction in police officers.

If Dallas were really concerned about crime, he would hire more police officers. Minneapolis has a few thousand who would like to relocate.

This feeds onto the notion that the transplants will bring with them all the bad ideas that forced them to leave the Golden State (or rather the State That Killed The Golden Goose).

John Nolte is displeased with Republican Governor Greg Abbott for welcoming the newcomers.

Nolte wrote, "Why is Abbott not only celebrating, but encouraging the kind of corporate moves that could forever alter the culture of his state?

"Is that why Abbott was elected? To import people who do not believe in live and let live, people hostile to what Texas is now and will look to change it, if not into California, then California-With-A-Little-Less-Shit-On-The-Sidewalks?

"If I lived in Texas, I would not be happy at all with any of this. I’d be furious with Abbott, with someone who was hired to protect and preserve, not import Silicon Valley’s values.

"When the left moves in, it’s never to be a part of the community, but to take over, to boss everyone around, to force everyone else to live and speak and believe in only one way.

"No, if I were a Texas resident, I would not be very happy at all with Abbott over this."

Nolte makes a good case -- if one assumes that the people leaving California are the people who favor high taxes, low morality, and bad sanitation. The Californication of Oregon and Washington state are legendary.

But they were settlers, not economic refugees. The California invasion was more in the spirit of the Denny family and Doc Maynard who founded Seattle. The founders headed west to build a new American city, not to convert an Indian village to their way of life.

Today's exodus by Californians may be likened to the Cubans who fled Castro. They did not set up a communist country in Miami. As a matter of fact, they were more conservative and capitalist than the natives.

Indeed, the Cubans and Northern transplants helped flip Florida red.

Why would that not be the case in Texas?

History shows transplants helped flip the state red. In 1990, with a population of slightly less than 17 million people, Texans elected Democrat Anne Richards governor.

In 1994, George W. Bush beat her and the state has been red since, even as its population soared to 29 million people -- a 70% increase in just 30 years.

They re-elected Abbott by 13 points 2 years ago.

Time will tell, but so far the tale has been positive. The exodus from California is beyond the control of conservatives. They may be invaders or more likely they are Cubans seeking the opportunities the communists back home denied them.

33 comments:

  1. A Republican governor (Bill Clements) was the immediate predecessor to Ann Richards. I believe she narrowly won because the Republican she ran against (oil man Clayton Williams) cracked one of the most idiotic, offensive jokes in political history. While hunting in rainy weather, he told his companions - and reporters - that rainy weather was a lot like being raped - there's nothing you can do about it so you might as well lay back and enjoy it.

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    1. I also seem to remember he said he would go over to the brothels in Mexico to get "serviced." during his college days. I believe he was leading Ma Richards by double digits at the time before making these self-inflicted wounds.

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    2. His biggest faux pas was refusing to shake hands with Ms. Richards after their debate.

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    3. "Claytie" also refused to shake Richards' hand after a debate, and that cost him too.

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  2. Like locusts, California voters ravage one state only to move on to the next. They are now decimating Arizona.

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    1. You might want to look at your children's schools & see what they're serving up to your kids. Teachers & administrators these days are farther to the Left than Marx!

      As a Californian who was born & raised there, I watched in horror as what was once the greatest state in the Union drifted further & further Left.

      Yes, I voted against it- but the combination of Big Tech dominance (about 98% Socialist/Democrat, any conservatives working for Big Tech get immediately fired if they're found out,) the Entertainment industry (Hollyweird, as we all know, is virtually all Far-Left too,) and the hordes of illegals (most voting for Democrats, that's why they let them in,) and the worst cut of all- our schools, brainwashing our own children.

      Look at your own schools, and you'll see Socialist teachers, Socialist administrators, and an agenda to instill Karl Marx's deadly ideas into each and every child.

      If you don't think that's happening here in Texas, you're blind to reality. Note: the violent demonstrators in Austin & Dallas, just like the mobs of Antifa & BLM in every state, didn't all drive out from California to loot & burn! They're our own kids, brainwashed by Texas teachers, into believing that their own parents are racists & fascists.

      So I'm a California native that had to leave that once- Golden State (but which is now a Sxxt-Brown State,) and I may be even more conservative than you are.

      Like the Cubans who fled socialism, I fled socialism in California; and I warn everyone, the worst threat isn't from elsewhere- it's right here at home!

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  3. There are any number of conservative groups facing "cancel" actions. For example, AFA.net initiated the Target Boycott. They were recently told by their credit card processing company that they were being dropped. All donations no longer being processed, etc. Haven't broken any law, just not politically correct.

    To the point of this story, Conservative Treehouse was recently told by their host company to go away. That host company was WordPress. On the WordPress "About Us" web page there are any number of links but only one to a single individual: Mark Mullenweb. I think he might be a founder of the company or something. If you click you get to his blog and the first entry says this:
    "I sincerely hope that all the people moving to new places are registering to vote in their new home, as I did when I moved from San Francisco back to Houston in 2011. The following year was 2012 and in Harris County (Houston) with 4.263 million people, Obama won by 585 votes. I was one of those votes."

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  4. As a Cuban immigrant, I have to take issue with your analogy, Don. We fled a tyranny which was imposed on us by force. We came to this amazing country to embrace the liberty and values which make America great. These kooks coming out of Silicon Valley have elected and re-elected Governors Moonbeam and Gruesome, not to mention the plethora of loons in Congress. They have willingly brought this on themselves and happily repeat it every other November. Now, because their corporate masters want to reduce taxes and regulation the minions are suddenly going to find religion? Nope. They'll deface Texas as they have done to the rest of the West. Please don't lump that lot in with the great Cuban-Americans who love this country and understand the meaning of freedom.

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    1. I agree. These Californians coming to Texas with the dot.coms are bringing their disgusting voting habits with them. Most Texans blame Abbott and for this, he will lose his job as soon as he can be primaried. He beat a terrible democrat candidate in Lupe Valdez in 2018. That is the only reason he is still in place. The pandering to Silicon Valley and his poor handling of Covid-19 will do him in in 2022. Good Riddance to the RINO idiot.

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    2. Very well said, One Nation. I think perhaps Don missed the mark on this hope for Texas too. Most all these tech types are liberal to the core. Just look at Zuckerberg or Dorsey.

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    3. And yet, I read somewhere that Ted Cruz beat Beto O'Rourke in 2018 on the strength of the new Texan vote. O'Rourke actually won among Texas natives.

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    4. Where might I find evidence of this? Sounds weird

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  5. Lifelong (62 years) Californian here who bought a home in Idaho last year and will move there for good next year. If anything, our votes will make Idaho redder, I tell people there I am a California refugee, and I do feel this way. There is a "Life After California" group on Facebook with over 48,000 members. The tone there is very much conservative.

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    1. History suggests that Red Idaho is actually fairly recent development. Up until the 1990s it was not all that unusual for Idaho to elect Dems at the state level: Govs. Evans and Andrus, and Sen. Frank Church.

      Lets hope that your take is correct, and that Idaho will stay red. I would note that only Blaine County, as resort area full of rich liberals, has a Dem voter registration edge.

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  6. Stupid people never learn. Smart people learn from their mistakes. Really smart people learn from other people's mistakes.

    How smart are these guys is the question.

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    1. Just my 2 cents: I think these guys are smart in a narrow area but many times lack common sense.

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  7. When we moved to Texas from NYC in 2009, folks here eyed us warily at first. It wasn't until we made it clear we were Republican refugees that they finally relaxed.

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  8. Oracle may be different.

    Google stole Oracle's code to build Android. A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged (or robbed).

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  9. The Californian remnants look set to turn into the Donner Party.

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  10. "If I lived in Texas, I would not be happy at all with any of this. I’d be furious with Abbott, with someone who was hired to protect and preserve, not import Silicon Valley’s values."


    I do and I am. Texas was a much better place when nobody lived here. Used to be able to drive for long stretches of a two-lane road and not see another car. Now you can't even drive to San Antonio from McAllen on a four-lane interstate without cars jamming up the road.

    We're full.

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  11. "Today's exodus by Californians may be likened to the Cubans who fled Castro. They did not set up a communist country in Miami. As a matter of fact, they were more conservative and capitalist than the natives."


    Wrong.

    Tech company minions are not escapees looking for a better life. They're locusts that devastate everything they touch.

    We see it up close and personal here. These transplants to Texas from California are far left parasites. Yes, some are right-leaning, but they're the exception.

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  12. Texas didn't flip red because of transplants. Conservative Democrats woke up and realized their party had gone nuts.

    Ann Richards lost because she vetoed the Concealed Carry Bill. That was a huge wakeup call for Texans.

    We are now slowly tipping to the left. Immigration eventually reaches a point where it does more harm than good. ALWAYS.

    The returns on the influx here have long past diminishing. Our size and large rural population kept us afloat for a long time, but the crossover point is upon us.

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    1. Are long past diminishing.

      Or have long passed diminishing.

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  13. Depends on whether you get refugees or colonists...

    Another place that changed for the better due to (literal) refugees was Israel. People forget that back in the day, Israel was a pretty collectivist place, with the kibbutzim and all that.

    When 1M Soviet Jews were allowed to emigrate from the USSR to Israel (increasing the population from 5M to 6M in one swoop), there was much fear that this would pull Israel way far left. But the opposite happened - knowing communism up close, they wanted no part of it. That actually pulled Israel to the right, where it is today.

    Odd sidelight. Back in 1972, Playboy (!) published an article (!) musing on whether or not it might be possible to get 100,000 or so "counterculture" types to relocate to one of the smaller-population states, take over, and then run a lab experiment on how a counterculture society might be. They pondered the three lowest population states (different order then, but the same as now) - Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming as possible targets. The article concluded that Vermont was the best target - since it was close to the eastern population centers (making it easy to run back and forth as necessary), and the population was easy-going and non-intrusive... so the counterculture types would be able to get in position and start the takeover before the locals realized what was going on.

    Not sure if that was a master plan, but it's pretty much what happened to VT. Leftists occasionally blither about "cultural genocide" - but that's pretty much what they did to VT.

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    1. You are right about Israel. The heyday of socialism there was from the start of the British mandate until the election of Menachem Begin. That was when the refugees from Middle Eastern and North African countries found their political voice. A runaway inflation in 1985 marked the end of socialism as a national policy. Ironically, one of the rising stars of Israeli politics is Naftali Bennett, who was born five years after his parents moved there from San Francisco. He too made it big in high tech before selling his interests and entering politics. However, he is religious and anything but a lefty.

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  14. Politicians do what they always do: when they’re not kissing babies, they’re stealing their lollipops. This is Federalism, the good with the bad. California, too, was once a Republican bastion.

    Must be a slow news day.

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  15. Perhaps then the rest of us could move to CA to fill the empty space and turn it red?

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  16. I live in Texas, it’s a big business town, all about the money.

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  17. I live in Texas, it’s a big business town, all about the money.

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  18. I live in Texas, it’s a big business town, all about the money.

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  20. Texas didn't turn red because the gov and ag fought and won in court 12 changes the left wanted to make to election laws so they could cheat. Too bad the other red states didn't do the same.

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