This article on American Thinker had me laughing my $%& off. Ten years ago driving through Oswego I noticed how depressed the area was. It was full of abandoned houses; the downtown was dead; it looked like it was frozen in time. It's probably like the frog in the boiling water: people don't realize how much things have decayed over the last twenty years. MP and CP are both contributors to American Thinker so you know it is a quality site.
Anytime you see a hospital being the number one employer for a region you can bet you don't want to live there. Tommy should quit that grad school and just become a 100K school janitor in N.Y. The goal of this is to make us all drones of the state. 100K janitor and 100K retired policeman sounds great until you realize 70% of your income is taxed away. It all reminds me of the movie Roger and Me where Michael Moore chronicled the death of Flint, Michigan. Bass Pro Shops is coming to Buffalo? The bass fishing on the Niagara River is the best in the country, especially drift fishing! These people aren't recreational fisherman. If things continue to decline New Yorker's may become subsistence fishermen. I'm sure it takes an environmental impact statement and five permits to bore a hole in the ice and place a shanty on Lake Ontario. Recreational fishing takes leisure time and money, two things not found in abundance in Western N.Y. The plan to ferry the thousands of people to Rochester is emblematic of misguided planning. Why would Canadians leave their own socialist hell on Earth to come to Rochester? They already have cheap beer and cheap smokes. Besides if these Canadians take a little tour around the bay they will lose their place in line for socialized health care; "Hey you with the ruptured brain aneurysm, get back in line!"
I can't see any cure for the malignant socialism that has captured the rust belt. Once a generation has been reduced to serfdom what can be done to reverse the eroding initiative? I escaped N.Y. in 1974. I went to Nevada where there was no speed limit, no mandatory car insurance, no income tax, and I could buy a handgun in the same gas station where I filled my tank. My favorite Mini-Mart! I left the malaise of the Carter administration in my review mirror and discovered there was no gasoline shortage once I crossed the Mississippi. I don't consider Fla. or N.C. a great choice for those seeking freedom and prosperity. N.C. is quickly becoming the Massachusetts of the south. The Scots-Irish fierce Independence is being diluted by whining Yankees. First I would only consider moving to a state that doesn't accept federal stimulus money. It's like the mafia, "I'll lend you the money, sure, now your $%& is mine. I might also consider moving to the states that are passing laws to reaffirm their 10th Amendment rights. They are trying to ward off the hyper-federalism that Obama is peddling under the guise of economic collapse. So until a William Wallace arises to lead us out of this tyranny you should vote with your wallets and your feet. Don't feed the Beast, stock up with ammo before Obama bans it, and stay out of debt. You too can have a Western New York in your future. You too can live in a country more like the eastern Soviet Union, where the only hope resides in a bottle of vodka.
Is it just me? Or is the water getting warm.