People are leaving the Northeast United States. That means other parts of the country are gaining power in Congress. This doesn’t necessarily mean that conservatism is going to win. After all, Liberals are undoubtedly fleeing the area and the economic consequences of their own liberalism. Sadly, many people refuse to recognize the source of the problems they see. It is possible that the Southern states might become more liberal as populations move to them.
But it is still possible to hope.
The Washington Examiner reports, “Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states.”
The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.
The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.
Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent.
The biggest impact comes in the loss of congressional representation.
Deep in a recent report, for example, the American Legislative Exchange Council tabulated how the drop in population relative to the rest of the nation cut the region’s power in Washington. While the states from Pennsylvania to Maine had 141 House members in 1950, they are down to 85 today, a drop of some 40 percent.
California and Texas combined have more House representatives.
While this may or may not lead to more conservative victories (instead of more liberals in conservative states) perhaps it will at least end the deadlock that Northeastern Ivy League schools have over the Supreme Court and other government offices. We can hope.
This provides an opportunity for conservatives to challenge liberals about the results of their governing philosophy. If they like high-tax, corrupt states, why don’t they remain living in them?