The U Haul Vote
Try raising the subject of voting with just about anyone at this point and you are likely to find a topic which carries a tremendous amount of passion and very little ability for either side to even acknowledge the merit of a view which they disagree with. However, once one gets away from blather about Dominion voting machines, mail in ballots and Capitol protestors there is another vote being taken each year which reveals far more than the current binary left vs right, Republican vs Democrat dichotomy.
Picture a vote where the people polled get to choose from 50 options, the first of which involves keeping what they have and the other 49 involve trading their current selection for a different one. That is exactly the choice that Americans are making each year and in mass numbers they are voting in a way which has a unique but effective method of measure which is the destination and cost of U Haul trucks to move the possessions of people relocating. One thing is certain – Americans are voting to leave the states with long term leftist politics, run down and decrepit cities, low quality of life and high taxes. Instead, Americans are choosing to move to states with a more conservative political history, less coronavirus restrictions and lower cost of living.
Florida and Texas have been the top two states for most of the last decade but 2020 saw Tennessee take the top spot for net gain in U Haul truck arrivals. Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia were the top ten US states for new arrivals while California continues to lead the states where people are disillusioned, cashing in on their property value if they can and then heading for greener and Gavin Newsom free pastures. The rest of the bottom states included Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon.
Tennessee, Texas and Florida all have no state income tax and with a substantially lower cost of living, a business friendly environment and lesser coronavirus regulations which make these states the destinations of choice. This ‘U Haul vote’ is a non standard method of measurement but it shows that regardless of expressed political views, people are still making the choice to opt for states that have not been run into ruin due to failed leftist policies which include but are not limited to high cost of living, poor infrastructure, rising violence, rampant homeless encampments, politically correct school curriculums and government officials who aid and abet the social justice rioters by instructing police not to enforce law and order, adopting ‘woke’ fictional offenses such as ‘microaggressions’ and giving permission for bizarre indoctrination with events like drag queen story hour for kindergartners. Even people who may vote for Democrats or have some more socially libertarian views are joining the exodus from the leftist dystopias. My one concern is that they are smart enough not to bring with them the mentality which ruined the state from which they came.
People have been waiting for three weeks in the fiscal disaster state of Illinois while New Yorkers have actually starting queueing up like Soviets in a bread line just to get a truck to move out of New York. Sidewalks in New York are lined with perfectly usable but discarded furniture because people are so anxious to leave that they may even take a smaller truck just because it is available. This is the largest mass migration out of major US cities and the ‘U Haul Vote’ offers a perfect, non politicized way to measure citizens preferences for more conservative states, regardless of express political views.