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June 19, 2010

The Great Irish Potato Famine of 2010

DrewM tipped me this story last night from the AEI blog, about shifting population demographics in the US. We all know this story, but the maps are pretty interesting. Take for example this one, showing migration to and from Harris County Texas (Houston). Black lines are inbound, red lines outbound.

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Those of you who've been to Houston, consider for a moment just how truly desperate you have to be to want to move there.

HAHAHAHA.. just kiddin Houston (but seriously, your summer sucks canal water, and it ain't like mine is all roses. Also please kill those bird-sized mosquitos, thank you).

There's a link in the article to a really cool interactive map at Forbes. You can click on any county and see the pattern. NYC looks like a flame thrower. Dallas looks like it's going to pull in all matter in the known universe.

It's no surprise that the states with lower taxes are drawing more Americans. I've met people here, who are my neighbors now, from everywhere over the past 20 years. Like the guy who was asked why he robs banks (cause that's where the money is), people would say "cause that's where the jobs are".

I wrote about Texas vs. California last year, a little piece on how better paid public employees does not equal better public services, but you idiots already know that. I'll just say it's a warning to Texas, any government that gets too big for its britches can screw up a good thing.



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posted by Dave In Texas at 10:04 AM

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