Pelosiville and the great Demo-Dump exodus
By Mark Alexander
Ex·o·dus, noun: a mass departure of people...
I read last week that Nancy Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco has a "zero waste goal" of keeping 80% of its human detritus out of landfills. I am sure this is gratifying to her suburban white-privileged supporters, but for those who are not in San Fran Nan's high-income class, Pelosiville has become the continental poop capital. That is a distinction it has held for three years now, and some blocks in this once fair city now look and smell like Calcutta.
After passing the city's largest tax increase ever to pay 19,000 employees more than $150,000 per year, the city managed to find enough left over to buy 260 tents for its downtown "safe sleeping villages" for vagrants — at a mere $60,000 each.
I know what you're thinking: "That is twice the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in San Fran, so those must be some big tents." Nope, those are your basic family-size sleepers, but Pelosiville's "homelessness department" expects to only pay $57,000 per tent next year.
That'll fix it!
According to the latest San Francisco quality of life poll, 80% of residents oppose the Democrats' "defund police" mandates that resulted in dramatic urban crime surges. More than 70% believe that quality of life has declined in the city — for the second year in a row.
Thus, predictably, 40% of residents say they would like to move away. In the inimitable words of Casablanca's Prefecture of Police, Captain Louis Renault, "I'm shocked — shocked — to find [a mass exodus] is going on here!"
Indeed, Zillow's latest "2020 Urban-Suburban Market Report" confirms the exodus is both real and historic.
And it's not just Pelosiville. All of California and New York, the nation's two largest Demo-state chokeholds, are experiencing significant urban flight.
On California's failures, Stanford's most revered historian, Victor Davis Hanson, wrote a prophetic analytical trilogy in 2019, which accurately predicted the current exodus. In "California's Rendezvous with Reality," he wrote:
However, Hanson noted:
Thus he concluded, "A California reckoning is on the horizon, and it may not be pretty."
In "California Has Become America's Cannibal State," he wrote:
He concluded: "What is Sacramento's message to those who combine to pay half the state's income taxes and have not yet left California? 'Be gone or we will eat you!'"
In part three, "America's First Third-World State," Hanson wrote:
Explaining the lunacy of what has turned California into a Third World hellhole, he writes:
And it is much the same in New York, where the nation's largest city is plagued with Democrat policies resulting in high taxes and plummeting quality of life, putting New York and neighboring New Jersey at the top of the list for the great Demo-dump exodus. This as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the elder of the corrupt Cuomo brothers, who was busy cashing in while elders died, is proposing to save his state with a "temporary" $1.5 billion personal income tax increase on his state's highest earners.
Fleeing New Yorkers have cost the city alone an estimated $34 billion in lost income, prompting Manhattan Institute fellow E.J. McMahon to request, "Will the last high earner to leave New York please turn out the lights."
Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are still trying to reverse the state and local tax deduction limitations on federal returns for their wealthy benefactors — limitations signed into law by Donald Trump in 2017. But it is not tax deductions that are fueling the flight — it is that Demos have turned their cities into violent cesspools.
The reality is that the exodus from these states, and other Demo-dominions, will result in higher concentrations of socialist crazies left behind.
Finally, some of the people fleeing California and New York are those hypocritical rich liberals, the self-anointed "intelligentsia" who lord over the leftist proletariat and are tolerated only for the graft they dispense to all manner of liberal causes and campaigns. Their arrival in conservative states like Texas and Tennessee is raising concerns that these "Leftugees" will poison the wells here. That is a threat which local conservative groups had best beware.
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.