The thing about republics is they tend to die from suicide.
The thing about a republic made up of smaller republics is that before the large one dies the smaller one die before it.
Case in point:
Consider the unfathomable irony of progressive Democrats forcing Elon Musk to give up on California. Musk came to this state as an immigrant and proceeded to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) and its subsidiary, solar panel manufacturer SolarCity Corp., than all the “progressive” politicians in the state combined. Musk didn’t talk about it. He simply brought products to market that benefited the consumer, the environment and his shareholders. He should have been the poster boy for the green agenda, but instead they turned on him because he committed the ultimate sins: He made money and he questioned their authority.
This year, Musk is likely paying billions in state tax. Next year, he will be a resident of another state.
One of the problem with living in liberal unreality is that you don’t understand that actions have consequences, and those consequences can get amplified if the actions you take piss off someone with with the power to get even.
The damage goes much deeper than the tax revenue of one person. Musk didn’t just leave the state. He turned on the state. It is now his mission to get other innovators to leave as well. According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, he is on the phone with Musk once a week, strategizing about how to get other California companies to relocate to Texas. In the last few weeks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) and Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL) have both announced they are moving their headquarters to Texas, with other potential moves in the pipeline.
The fun part is it was just virtue signaling going after Must but the real life consequences of him deciding to take all his friends out to play is going to be interesting.
The only question is this. Will these people having exited California hell decide they want to bring it with them to Texas by voting for the same clowns that destroyed the golden state?
Let’s hope not