As you know, I have my second book out, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death. The premise of the book is easy to understand: businesses, corporations, and individuals are moving into Texas from failed blue states, not fully comprehending why they moved to Texas. The result is that there is a movement to “Turn Texas Blue” — meaning turn it into a failed progressive socialist state. Ya know, kinda like what they moved from in the first place.
This phenomenon has happened in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. On the other side of the Mississippi river, it is happening in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and has happened in Virginia. What’s so very perplexing is that businesses and corporations are moving from failed blue states like California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, to well-run, economically successful, vibrant, red states. Yet they still cling to the failed ideology and policies from whence they fled.
Oh boy, talk about the Sodom and Gomorrah factor.
See, the right tax and regulatory policies result in economic growth and opportunity. It is not that hard to understand. I can tell you that here in north Texas, there were many who were not at all upset about Amazon choosing New York City (split between VA), and not here. However, someone has decided, like many others, to relocate a major business campus to the Lone Star State.
As reported by Fox Business News:
“Apple has announced that it is putting its cash pile to work.
The technology giant will invest $1 billion to build a new campus in North Austin, Texas and another $10 billion for new data centers. It is all a part of a five-year investment aimed at creating 20,000 jobs in the United States.
The Cupertino-based company said on Thursday it would also to set up new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California and expand operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.
“Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”
The new Austin campus will be located less than a mile away from its existing facilities, Apple said.”
There’s no one who wouldn’t welcome Apple’s expansion here in Texas and the investment that they are bringing. However, the first question that Tim Cook needs to explain to his employees, just like all the others moving here, is why. Why are there better opportunities in Texas, and why did they choose this area? Remember when the Seattle City Council wanted to implement an employee tax on Amazon, who was expanding its headquarters there? It was Jeff Bezos who put the skids on that idea, and the City Council reversed its position. Why? It’s simple: Amazon, and Jeff Bezos, not exactly a constitutional conservative, threatened to stop building the headquarters.The 'locust effect' defined: Progressive socialism migrating out of failing states and causing successful states to trend towards the very same decline. Click To Tweet
Many people are moving into Texas, for all the right reasons, and then voting for all the wrong reasons and ideas. They are voting for ideas that are the exact opposite of why they relocated to Texas in the first place. To me, this is the pure definition of insanity. It also represents what has to be termed the “locust effect.” Progressive socialism is migrating out of failing states and causing successful states to trend towards the very same decline.
Perhaps you have heard about the California idea called an “exit tax?” Yes, taxing people because they want to leave. We have shared with you a piece of legislation proposed in the California House of Representatives to tax the resulting resources to corporations from the federal tax cut. I think that tax cut enabled Apple to look at this current expansion into Texas.
The bottom line is not hard to grasp. If you move from a state that has anti-business policies to one that has pro-business policies, why vote to support the former? Of course, what we find is that these incoming new businesses and corporations are moving into urban centers, which end up dominated by progressive socialist ideologues — à la Austin, Texas. If business leaders are making these decisions, I recommend that they speak to their employees and explain why they are making them. The migration of dissatisfied individuals from California has reshaped the landscape of several formerly red western states. As a matter of fact, two months ago there was a survey where 46% of respondents said that they wanted to leave San Francisco. And where did they want to relocate? Yep, Idaho and Texas.
Sure, there is a Lone Star State welcoming mat laid out that is as big as Texas. However, there is an even bigger question that need be asked: why are you here?
If you want to share in the extraordinary history and accomplishments of Texas, awesome. But, if the strategic vision is to fundamentally transform the State of Texas, brother, and sister, there is a fight a-comin’.
Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.