Bill Maher, you need to take a closer look at blue states and why people are leaving

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Bill Maher, you need to take a closer look at blue states and why people are leaving

By John Ruberry

Elit­ist Bill Maher, an alleged come­dian, attacked red state Amer­ica a cou­ple of days ago on his HBO pro­gram, claim­ing that there are “two Americas.”

We have a prob­lem in Amer­ica called spa­tial geo­graphic inequal­ity which means the most afflu­ent and edu­cated peo­ple are clus­tered in just a few cities,” the left­ist stated.

Pre­sum­ably one of those cities is Chicago, known as “MAGA Coun­try” to Jussie Smol­lett, which I live just a few miles from.

The blue parts of Amer­ica are hav­ing a big pros­per­ity party while the big sea of red feels like their invi­ta­tion got lost in the mail,” Maher boasted, “and they still use the mail.”

Really?

Chicago is los­ing pop­u­la­tion. Its pub­lic pen­sions are funded at 25 per­cent – 80 per­cent is the goal and 60 per­cent is the red zone for pen­sions. Per­haps 25 per­cent should be called the Chicago zone.

Every­one still uses the mail, Maher. And do you know what comes in the mail, you jerk? Prop­erty tax bills.

This morn­ing on Fox Chicago’s Flan­nery Fired Up, Maria Pap­pas, the Cook County Trea­surer and a Demo­c­rat, had this to say, “In the city of Chicago 47,000 peo­ple are on pen­sion but only 33,000 are work­ing. That’s a wake up call.” With all due respect Maria, that’s actu­ally much more than a wake up call – it’s a hot pot of cof­fee poured on some­one awak­en­ing with a hangover.

A dev­as­tat­ing new prop­erty tax assess­ment for Chicagoans is expected this sum­mer. Demo­c­ra­tic politi­cians made a devil’s bar­gain with public-​sector unions and now Old Scratch is com­ing for the bill.

There are sim­i­lar sto­ries, not as severe, in Chicago’s sub­urbs and even down­state. Illi­nois’ state worker pen­sion plans are also unsustainable.

True, my cir­cle of friends and rel­a­tives lean to the right, but most of them are plot­ting their exits from this blue state haven. Are you read­ing this, Maher? I know a few gov­ern­ment pen­sion­ers who want to move out of Illi­nois too – they’ll spend their Prairie State pen­sion checks elsewhere.

Con­necti­cut, another blue state, has sim­i­lar pen­sion woes. It also has a neg­a­tive growth rate. New York state is also los­ing pop­u­la­tion and there is cred­i­ble infor­ma­tion that those “bet­ters” Maher adores, the peo­ple with the money, are lead­ing the charge because of New York’s oppres­sive tax rates.

Accord­ing to a recent sur­vey from Edel­man Intel­li­gence, 53 per­cent of Cal­i­for­ni­ans are con­sid­er­ing leav­ing the one­time Golden State, where Maher lives by the way, because of the high cost of liv­ing there.

Mrs. Marathon Pun­dit and I have our eyes for now on Ten­nessee, one of those wretched fly­over states. The Vol­un­teer State does not have a state income tax.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Elitist Bill Maher, an alleged comedian, attacked red state America a couple of days ago on his HBO program, claiming that there are “two Americas.”

“We have a problem in America called spatial geographic inequality which means the most affluent and educated people are clustered in just a few cities,” the leftist stated.

Presumably one of those cities is Chicago, known as “MAGA Country” to Jussie Smollett, which I live just a few miles from.

“The blue parts of America are having a big prosperity party while the big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail,” Maher boasted, “and they still use the mail.”

Really?

Chicago is losing population. Its public pensions are funded at 25 percent–80 percent is the goal and 60 percent is the red zone for pensions. Perhaps 25 percent should be called the Chicago zone.

Everyone still uses the mail, Maher. And do you know what comes in the mail, you jerk? Property tax bills.

This morning on Fox Chicago’s Flannery Fired Up, Maria Pappas, the Cook County Treasurer and a Democrat, had this to say, “In the city of Chicago 47,000 people are on pension but only 33,000 are working. That’s a wake up call.” With all due respect Maria, that’s actually much more than a wake up call–it’s a hot pot of coffee poured on someone awakening with a hangover.

A devastating new property tax assessment for Chicagoans is expected this summer. Democratic politicians made a devil’s bargain with public-sector unions and now Old Scratch is coming for the bill.

There are similar stories, not as severe, in Chicago’s suburbs and even downstate. Illinois’ state worker pension plans are also unsustainable.

True, my circle of friends and relatives lean to the right, but most of them are plotting their exits from this blue state haven. Are you reading this, Maher? I know a few government pensioners who want to move out of Illinois too–they’ll spend their Prairie State pension checks elsewhere. 

Connecticut, another blue state, has similar pension woes. It also has a negative growth rate. New York state is also losing population and there is credible information that those “betters” Maher adores, the people with the money, are leading the charge because of New York’s oppressive tax rates.

According to a recent survey from Edelman Intelligence, 53 percent of Californians are considering leaving the onetime Golden State, where Maher lives by the way, because of the high cost of living there.

Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I have our eyes for now on Tennessee, one of those wretched flyover states. The Volunteer State does not have a state income tax.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.