No, not grasshoppers. Locusts.
Yesterday, I talked about liberals being the prison guards (and sometimes willful prisoners) in Socrates' Cavern. Today, I want to look at the idea of Liberals as Locusts.
What do I mean? Well, like Locusts, Liberals (especially Rich Liberals, but all of them really) like Big Government. They vote for big government, and a huge welfare state. As a result, the government then hikes taxes, and institutes all kinds of nanny-state regulations, strangling business. Eventually (sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly) the state begins to fail, all of the resources have been exploited, and Liberals move on to the next state.
For instance: in the 60's, California was a relatively Conservative state. Ronald Reagan was Governor there beginning in 1967 (elected in 66). He enacted welfare reform (which increased benefits, but decreased recipients). Reagan was then succeeded by Jerry Brown (yes, that Jerry Brown) in 1974. Thus began the swift decline of California. Taxes went up, services went up, taxes went up some more. And now businesses and "the rich" are fleeing California in droves.
If this were the only example, it might be accepted as an anomaly. It is not the only example, however.
In the 1990s and early 2000s (and probably before) Colorado was a fairly conservative state. They voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004, for example. However, during those years many of those same Californians fleeing the decline of their State saw Colorado as a prosperous state, and decided they wanted some of that. So they moved there. Lucky for Colorado, they had already passed a Constitutional Amendment capping growth in Government Spending. Nevertheless, Colorado, once a reliable Red State, is now reliably blue. They voted overturned their Republican majorities in 2006. In 2008 and 2012 they voted for Barack Obama.
The amount of damage Colorado can suffer (currently) is fairly low. Because of that prior law, there's only so much money the State has to spend, which limits the monkeying with their taxes somewhat. All it takes, though, is a repeal of that Amendment, and the Democrats will be truly loosed on the State.
We can look to the East as well. New York Liberals are fleeing to Florida, making it more Liberal as well.
In both of these cases, when they finally use up all the resources there, they will look elsewhere. Perhaps my own Texas. Perhaps Oklahoma.
This is part of the Liberal Ideology. I don't believe there is any specific plan, here, but it is inherent in how Liberals think. They believe they are entitled to all of these "services" and so force the Government (really: other taxpayers) to provide them. When there is no more wherewithal to provide them, or the cost to themselves gets too high, they move on. And they never learn that the only thing not changing in all of this is their own policies.