How the South will rise again

February 1, 2013
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Some editor at Forbes must have been half-asleep to let this get published:

Perhaps the most persuasive evidence is the strong and persistent inflow of Americans to the South. The South still attracts the most domestic migrants of any U.S. region. Last year, it boasted six of the top eight states in terms of net domestic migration — Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Texas and Florida alone gained 250,000 net migrants. The top four losers were deep blue New York, Illinois, New Jersey and California.

These trends suggest that the South will expand its dominance as the nation’s most populous region. In the 1950s, the South, the Northeast and the Midwest each had about the same number of people. Today the region is almost as populous as the Northeast and the Midwest combined.

Perhaps more importantly, these states are nurturing families, in contrast to the Great Lakes states, the Northeast and California. Texas, for example, has increased its under 10 population by over 17% over the past decade; all the former confederate states, outside of Katrina-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, gained between 5% and 10%. On the flip side, under 10 populations declined in Illinois, Michigan, New York and California. Houston, Austin, Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta and Raleigh also saw their child populations rise by at least twice the 10% rate of the rest country over the past decade while New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago areas experienced declines.

Why are people moving to what the media tends to see as a backwater? In part, it’s because economic growth in the South has outpaced the rest of the country for a generation and the area now constitutes by far the largest economic region in the country. A recent analysis by Trulia projects the edge will widen in the rest of this decade, sparked by such factors as lower costs and warmer weather.

But some of this comes as a result of conscious policy. With their history of poverty and underdevelopment, Southern states are motivated to be business friendly. They generally have lower taxes, and less stringent regulations, than their primary competitors in the Northeast or on the West Coast.

42 Responses to How the South will rise again

  1. ip727 on February 1, 2013 at 7:06 am

    That’s fine if they leave their letist politics behind.

    • allie on February 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Liberals will never understand or believe their policies are the very things that destroyed the culture and finances of the states they are leaving. Too many of them will try to put in place the very things they say they are trying to escape.

      • Get Bent paulbots on February 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Exactly, and the liberal luvin’ paulbots are no better. In fact, they’re worse as was clearly seen from their liberaltarian embrace of Obama during the last election – all because their loon leader couldn’t get any traction. They’re just sour grapes babies who help destroy the nation every bit as bad as the communist liberals.

  2. Mildred Smith on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

    There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South . . . Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow . . . Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave . . . Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered.

    A Civilization gone with the wind . . .

  3. ken_phd on February 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Mildred:

    Bravo! That expensive ivy league education is finally put to good use.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on February 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Sorry, ken, I think the evidence (vocab, logic) indicates State University or Community College…not that that is a bad thing…

      • ip727 on February 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm
        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on February 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

          I was speaking of Mildred’s overall contributions, not this specific post.
          But I am glad that Mil is keeping up with the reading.

          • Setnaffa on February 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

            The South never was what y’all seem to think it was. That was just the sales brochure put out by Democrat slaveholders.

            They’ve always been able to handle the press.

          • This thread is dead on February 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

            Nice spin there, setnaffa. All those southern dems…now are the bedrock of the GOP.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on February 4, 2013 at 7:20 am

            I’m not understanding the logic. White Dem southerners who owned slaves good, white Repub southerners who don’t own slaves bad. How does this possibly make sense?

          • Alice on February 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

            Jim, you aren’t that bright, between you and setnaffa there’s about 15 watts of illumination on any given task.

            So go back to sleep, bub.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on February 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

            Typical, Alice. No response to the point, just personal attacks.

    • This thread is dead on February 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

      The GOP trashes the ivy league, they love stirring the class warfare pot, but will vote for one every time.

  4. Evan3457 on February 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Acctually, immigration from the Northern and Eastern States will eventually sink the South.

    Just as it did to California, Vermont, New Jersey, and it’s in the process of doing to Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.

  5. Gerry Owen on February 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Can we secede yet?

    ….Please?????

    • Setnaffa on February 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Secede? That’s what Democrats do. Along with threatening to move to France.

      • This thread is dead on February 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Republicans whine and dream up places like The Citadel.

        • Jesse on February 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

          Nothing can be dreamed up in America without it being over taxed and over regulated out of existence by the leftist crazies. Liberalism chokes the life out of everything positive that this nation has ever dreamed up. Now, America is becoming just another turd world country with nothing special or unique about it, since liberalism has destroyed virtually everything of value.

          the last best hope for liberty has been killed by ‘liberals’. what a disgusting bit of irony.

  6. Jesus Ortega on February 3, 2013 at 5:42 am

    The “South?” How quaint! It’s called “Aztlan.”

  7. ip727 on February 3, 2013 at 5:44 am

    “Aztlan”, ~~how quaint, it’s called turd world shit hole.

  8. Dennis Fitzpatrick on February 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

    All hands on deck! RINOs attempting to smother the influence of the Tea Party in Republican Party:

    “The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/politics/top-gop-donors-seek-greater-say-in-senate-races.html?_r=0

    • Die Commie Die on February 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

      ^ Michelle Malkin has a much better round up of these Karl Rove type RINOS.

    • Deandra on February 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

      You got to push it-this esnisteal info that is!

  9. Goonions on February 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Funny how none of these liberals dares answer why all of these people are leaving their utopias. They have nothing to say but attack the person. Not enough intelligence to respond to the facts. You guys keep dreaming up there in New Yawk and Baston. Those things are going to fold down around your ears. Look at Baltimore. Another failing liberal city!!

    • Liberals R Idiots on February 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Also funny how liberals once howled and freaked-out at wireless taps under G.W.Bush
      but when OBAMA and his corrupt justice department agree that they are can just execute ANY American citizens at will, via drone attacks, without any due process whatsoever…

      …all we hear from the left is a big ‘yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn’

      .
      .
      Hypocrites and blind fools – that’s all the liberal left has become

  10. Liberals R Liars on February 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

    And for the idiot troll with the non stop BDS, the day the democrats took over was NOT January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3,2007… the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this – January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:

    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 and topped +14,000 in Bush’s term
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

    George Bush’s Economic policies set a RECORD 52 Straight Months of JOB GROWTH
    Remember the day…?

    January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
    BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    Unemployment… to this CRISIS by, among MANY other things, dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR FannieMae and FreddieMac DISASTERS!

    Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Fred die – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Fred die Mac?
    OBAMA
    And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
    OBAMA and the Democrat Congress

    So when leftist liars try to blame ANYBODY other than democrats and the idiot in chief, Obama:

    REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”
    Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

    For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for those budgets.

    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.”

    Those are the FACTS and we Americans will never allow liberal revisionist history to change these well documented FACTS. Obama and the left destroyed the economy, and they’re still doing it today.

    • Crazy Ass on February 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      I can’t believe this line of Bravo Sierra needs to be debunked again but here goes just for you because youve obviously bought into the lie that in a Nazi like way your party keeps pushing.

      “The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 and topped +14,000 in Bush’s term
      The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
      The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

      George Bush’s Economic policies set a RECORD 52 Straight Months of JOB GROWTH
      Remember the day…?”
      ….Hidden debt from unpaid war bills 3 Trillion making those numbers a fallacy.

      “5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR FannieMae and FreddieMac DISASTERS!” Fannie and Freddie didn’t have anything to do with it. Most people pay their mortgage. It was a republicans that made it legal buy and repackage high risk with low risk etc and rating them as AAA that caused “DISASTER” that the republicans fully own. BTW why do you communists so hate private ownership of land?

      I know you idiots didn’t back the bank bailout which certainly would have brought on a depression. You also wouldn’t have backed the bailout of the auto industry which would have left several hundred thousand more unemployed. It is that kind of short sightedness that has left your party in the wilderness.

      BTW that’s exactly where you God Damned Lying Communists belong. The party of personal responsibility won’t accept ownership of the damage it did and continues to do to the nation. YOURE FOOLING NO ONE BUT YOURSELVES.

      • The Ace on February 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        You go, cupcake.

        Work it out. Rant.

        Spew that bile all over your computer screen.

      • Liberals R Liars on February 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

        debt from unpaid war bills 3 Trillion

        Whether he did or didn’t is meaningless.

        It’s now 16TRILLION under Obama heading well north of 20TRILLION after Obama is through, so tell us gain how Bush’s 3 had any impact on anything.

        Liar.

  11. Mildred Smith on February 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Obamacare On The March:

    Tea Party favorite John Kasich is taking the Medicaid Expansion money.

    • Get Bent paulbots on February 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

      ^ Gee, then maybe you paulbots shouldn’t have helped put Obama/Obamacare back in the WH

      maybe things like less-government, less-regulations, more jobs, more freedom would have prevented ANY state from needing to cling to socialist bullshit like ACA to pay their bills.

      maybe, but YOU dumbshit paulbots helped put the marxist back in the WH, so don’t whine to us.

      Asshole

      • Mildred Smith on February 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

        Yes, we Paulbots are very powerful and if you don’t support Ron Paul in 2016 we’ll put Hillary in the White House. We’re the kingmakers; resistance is futile.

        Bwahahahaha

        • Get Bent paulbots on February 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

          No matter what you think you are, you’re always are here to celebrate all things ‘liberal’ and therefore you’re just another useless waste of the taxpayer’s money.

          Stop texting and move up in line; you don’t want to miss your next welfare.

          Moron.

          • The Ace on February 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

            For a blowhard, you sure do have a lot of sock puppets.

            What name did you used to post under?

            Oh, right, you are too much of a coward to say.

            Moron.

          • Liberals R Liars on February 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

            For a blowhard, you sure do have a lot of sock puppets.
            What name did you used to post under?
            Oh, right, you are too much of a coward to say.

            Post your address online so that you may be easily found.

            Do it, coward.

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  13. Jason in New Orleans on November 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    The libtards will make sure that their boot is on the south. That hasn’t changed in 100 years and won’t change in 100 more.

    • Eat the North! on November 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      You’ve got that right.

      • Eat the North! on November 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm

        Better to strike, than to be struck.

        • Eat the North! on November 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm

          Or to be struck out

          • Eat the North! on November 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm

            hmmm….

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