New York governor Andrew Cuomo went a radio show last week and proceeded to attack New Yorkers who are “extreme conservatives.” Who qualifies as an “extreme conservative,” to governor Cuomo? Here was his statement:
“Their problem is not me and democrats, their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.”
As a conservative from New York, it was more than troubling to hear that my governor believes that there is no place for me, or other conservatives, in his state. Your telling me that I no longer belong in New York just because I'm pro-life and believe in the Second Amendment and a traditional definition of marriage?
The governor's office has since tried to backtrack on his statement, saying they they were taken out of context and that “'it is fine' to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice' – as he respects both positions."
It seems as though the Left's intolerance grows worse by the day, and I'm over it. I honestly can't wait to get out of New York and with me goes my money. Every penny. There are plenty of other places where people can go, like Florida or Texas, where there are no income taxes.
I'm not the only one, by the way, who is anxious to move from New York. There's a reason why Florida is about to pass New York in terms of population. A recent New York Post headline pointed out that the wealth redistribution plans of New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is a big boon for … Florida. Why? Because there comes a point where people earning good money will simply move to a place where they can keep more of it. The Post points out, “According to IRS figures used by Travis Brown in 'How Money Walks,' from 1992 to 2010, Florida saw a net inflow of $95.6 billion in wealth (as measured by adjusted growth income). The largest chunk, $18.9 billion, came from . . . guess where? New York.”
Why would anyone want to stay in a place where they are not welcome and you hand over 10 percent of your income to the state alone? Liberal intolerance mixed with high taxes is not a recipe for economic prosperity.