09 May 2012

The Confederacy Outflanks Again

Where freedom reigns, commerce can flourish . . .

Below is a ranking for the Best/Worst states for business for 2012. Note that 8 of the top 10 hail from the old Confederacy. Note that 8 of the worst 10 hail from Yankee land. As I've pointed out before, though the South lost the WBTS, it continues to overwhelm Northern states culturally. As is apparent from the chart below, the South also overwhelms the North commercially. This is due, in large measure, to what WBTS historian David Blight has called (both the old and the new South): "the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history."

Note that California, which often serves as the womb for every whacky leftist idea and experiment in the United States, is dead last. Coincidence? Hardly. Utopian, Marxist ideas work in cubicles, classrooms, and faculty lounges, but not in the real world. Note that the vast majority of leading states are governed by, relatively speaking, conservative principles. Apparently, "resistance to federal authority" has its benefits. Conservatism, culturally and economically, still reigns in the South.


It's further worth noting that a number of leftists in Congress desire to impose - federal authority - union membership nationally (Card Check legislation), yet as the source article points out: "It may be no accident that most of the states in the top 20 are also right-to-work states."

Taken alone, this information might be classified as "anecdotal." But the specifics are simply "too" coincidental. The South fought, in part, for economic reasons. Evidently, in losing, they have somehow still managed to outflank the victors. Stonewall Jackson must be smiling.

(Thanks to Lindsay for sharing this with me.)

 RANK  STATE 2011 RANK  1-YEAR  CHANGE
1 Texas 1 0
2 Florida 3 1
3 North Carolina 2 -1
4 Tennessee 4 0
5 Indiana 6 1

6 Virginia 7 1
7 South Carolina 8 1
8 Georgia 5 -3
9 Utah 9 0
10 Arizona 13 3

11 Colorado 12 1
12 Nevada 10 -2
13 Louisiana 27 14
14 Delaware 16 2
15 North Dakota 21 6

16 Wyoming 14 -2
17 Oklahoma 11 -6
18 Idaho 19 1
19 South Dakota 15 -4
20 Wisconsin 24 4

21 Alabama 26 5
22 Iowa 22 0
23 Kansas 25 2
24 Missouri 23 -1
25 Kentucky 17 -8

26 New Hampshire 18 -8
27 Nebraska 20 -7
28 Montana 28 0
29 Arkansas 30 1
30 Mississippi 38 8

31 Alaska 31 0
32 Maine 36 4
33 New Mexico 32 -1
34 West Virginia 42 8
35 Ohio 41 6

36 Minnesota 29 -7
37 Washington 34 -3
38 Vermont 40 2
39 Rhode Island 35 -4
40 Maryland 37 -3

41 Hawaii 43 2
42 Oregon 33 -9
43 Pennsylvania 39 -4
44 Connecticut 44 0
45 New Jersey 47 2

46 Michigan 46 0
47 Massachusetts 45 -2
48 Illinois 48 0
49 New York 49 0
50 California 50 0

Read the source article here.

Readers might also be interested in this post: The Last Bastion



4 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

Good one and posted.

Lindsay said...

Nicely written...why does it seem like rocket science to those on the other side?? If something is clearly working then why would you be so blind as to fight it? And if your efforts to try something different are failing (case in point - California), then maybe it all wasn't such a good idea?

The best thing I had seen written was a while back and it was a whole article about "if you want....(insert all things liberal) then you take this side of the country. Those of us who want (insert conservative values) will take the other side. We'll see who outlasts the other!

Neither side would be perfect but it still isn't rocket science to see who would outlast.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - I rejected your post. How many times do I have to tell you you're not allowed to post here? Kinda dense, ain't you?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Lindsay - "We'll see who outlasts the other!"

The Founders actually intended for the states to be the laboratories and incubators for innovation in government and public policy. With that in mind compare California to Texas.

California is a poster child for nutjob academia-styled, utopian, faculty lounge type experiments. And they're 16 Billion dollars in debt - they're bankrupt financially, morally, and culturally. People are leaving the state in droves.

Texas on the other hand is, overall, a bastion of limited government and free-enterprise which has resulted in a vibrant economy and state to which many are flocking.

What's left to be said?