Keep those fleeing residents coming to Florida, New York

In the 2000s, New York saw the largest population exodus of any state in America. Over 3.4 million residents and tens of thousands of businesses left the state, resulting in a net loss of 1.3 million people, and $46 billion in income.

new york bansAnd it’s gotten worse since 2010. New York is expected to be overtaken by Florida in population, dropping it to fourth place.

Why? Well, New Yorkers find Florida’s tax climate, friendliness to business and right-to-work laws as agreeable as its weather.

New York politicians have invented or jacked up every conceivable tax, putting the state behind a serious economic eight ball over the years. The state has a top progressive income tax bracket of nearly 9 percent, while New York City piles on an average of 3.5 percent in additional taxes, which new Mayor de Blasio wants to goose up even higher. Add to that a New York gift tax, a gasoline and cigarette tax, property taxes, and an estate tax that averages about 11 percent. Then heap on county and city sales taxes that range between 7 and 8.9 percent, substantially higher than Florida’s average sales tax.

Florida by contrast has no income tax, no estate tax and no inheritance tax. Local governments cannot impose any such levies.

The Tax Foundation provides a State Business Tax Climate Index that rates a state’s “tax-friendliness” toward business. New York is in the cellar — rated lowest of all states for 28 out of 29 years — while Florida is usually among the top five friendliest.

Then add the tax burdens of New York’s public unions, bloated state and city governments and political corruption, and compare them with Florida’s success at limiting union power and driving down labor costs. Lower taxes and regulated union power has fueled a much higher rate of economic growth here. Also, Florida’s housing market is far more favorable for buyers and sky-high rent payers than New York. Florida’s property taxes rank near the middle among other states.

You would think New York would learn its lesson. But no. The New York Post reported that this week, New York is “hiking its minimum wage to $8 an hour.” The state and its liberal Keynesian economists have failed to learn that when you tax something, you get less of it, and that applies to people, too. The more you tax people, the more they pack up and move away.

Florida’s successful policies and tax codes make the Sunshine State a haven for quality of life and thriving businesses, but the state Democratic Party wants to change them. All the laws that make Florida a great place for entrepreneurs and businesses, small and large, are criticized by most Democrats because they desperately need to confiscate other people’s money to fund their giveaway programs. The laws that Florida Democrats like are the gov scott welcome to Fla 1ones that plunged New York to dead last among states’ tax rankings.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has played no small role in working with the Legislature to thrust the state into a leading position for economic strength and job growth.

Thank you, New York, for sending new residents to us. Keep it up. Raise those taxes. Bow deeply to those unions. Kill off 16-ounce soft drinks. Ban salt in restaurants. We love it when your businesses and fed-up residents renounce their New York citizenship and say bye-bye for a fresh start in Florida.

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John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company.
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  • RealityAlwaysBites

    Rick Scott the criminal parasite and protector of the polluter and fellow parasites.

    Florida is the state of stupid, rednecks and alligators and corrupt politicians.

    • davewj2o

      How could you have a alias called “RealityAlwaysBites” yet not want to see the reality here? You are an obvious looser. But, so am I because I’m still here in New York.

      • Charles Wesley

        No, you’re a LOSER, not a “Looser.” And so is that jack-arse “Reality”… He, she, or it has probably never been to Florida. That person, probably a libtard, knows nothing.

    • Raconteur Duck

      And now, New York politician cockroaches moving in to tell the rednecks and alligators how to live.

      • EHeassler_USNRet

        People leaving NY for Florida are trying to escape NY, not bring it with them. Could care less how you want to live.

        • Raconteur Duck

          Riiight. Gun control ring a bell?

          • EHeassler_USNRet

            Gun control is just one more reason to leave NY. What is your point, if you have one?

          • Raconteur Duck

            Who in Florida do you think is pushing gun control the most? Native Floridians, or the “come ‘eres”? How has gun control gotten passed in NY?

          • EHeassler_USNRet

            I don’t know who in Florida is pushing gun control and I doubt that you have any more facts to support your assertion than gut level intuition. Unfortunately, NY is controlled by Liberal Progressive Socialists from major cities i.e., NYC, Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. The remaining 98% of the state (by area) is rural and people use and appreciate guns of all types. Speaking for myself, I wouldn’t leave NY just to move to another gun control state.

          • Raconteur Duck

            It’s the same in Florida. The liberals move into the cities from out of state and expect everyone to live according to their liberal opinions.

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            The push is from leftists who move to FL. They will have a fight on their hands.

          • Tim Leonard

            What is a “Liberal-Progressive-Socialist.”You’re either a moron or you have no idea of the definition of any of those three words. I’m betting it’s both. Why not add “Marxist” and “Communist” while you’re at it? Please leave New York. You’d be doing us a favor.

          • EHeassler_USNRet

            Well, there you go. You are doing what liberals do best, name calling and ad hominem attacks.. Liberal, Progressive, Socialiist, Marxist, and Commuinist are all terms defined in Websters, given modern context in Wikipedia. If you are too lazy or too disinterested to review them and see the parralels to their definitions and what is happening in the Democrat Party and RINO faction of the Republican Party, please don’t resort to calling me names or asking me to leave a state in which I still remain part of the 52% tax-payer base even though it might actually be a favor to us both. If enough tax payers like me leave, your taxes will just keep going up…and up…..and up.

          • Tim Leonard

            Well, there you go. Another right-wing moron using the phrase “ad hominem.” How often did you use that before you learned it on Fox News? Or did Rush teach that to you? Funny, how wingnuts are the only people I hear repeatedly using that phrase these days. As for all of those words, I know what they mean. You using them in rapid-fire succession as you did, clearly have no clue that each has a separate meaning. YOU are the lazy, disinterested one. Go to Dictionary.com and educate yourself. Your claims about your alleged tax bracket are as ridiculous as your lack of knowledge about the differences between Marxists and Socialists and Communists.

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            Leftists can keep their faux gun control in N.Y., people in FL choose not to be prey to criminals or tyranny. Every city with gun control has high armed crime and murder statistics.

          • Tim Leonard

            Define “tyranny.” Oh, wait. You can’t. Never mind.

      • Doug

        Those are highly educated alligators.

        • Raconteur Duck

          Well, they are smarter than the rednecks…

          • Doug

            Haven’t seen much of you lately. Always enjoy your comments.

          • Tim Leonard

            And they’re way smarter than the right-wing jackasses commenting here.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Don’t look now, but the jackass is the symbol of the left wingers, that and the hammer/sickle. Smarter than what?

          • Tim Leonard

            And the duck has become the symbol of intolerant redneck racists who hide behind religion. Your point?

          • Raconteur Duck

            The racist card is all you have? What kind of illiterate, unimaginative dweeb are you? Oh sorry, you gave us your example. You can go back to your normal mental masturbation.

          • Tim Leonard

            LMAO. You’re a riot. I’M the illiterate? Look around this board at the replies from your fellow Tea Baggers. See who can’t write a simple sentence in English and who can’t spell. They’re your people. You Baggers have very solidly established yourselves as the party of the illiterate and stupid. That also explains your assclown comment about the hammer/sickle. You’re a pathetic POS.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Oh my, you are really quite excitable and emotional aren’t you? Not very imaginative, but quite emotional.
            I wasn’t talking about the ‘baggers’ as you so childishly put it. I was talking about you and your risible attempt to insult, just proves the point.

          • Tim Leonard

            Emotional? Once again, you completely misread the situation. You call me illiterate, yet you have zero examples of your risible insult. Go back to whining that Obama should be impeached. You have zero evidence for that, too.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Emotional? You expressed it. Illiterate? You couldn’t even quote “your attempt to insult”, properly. Q.E.D.
            Obama? Conspiracy (Fast & Furious coverup of Holder’s involvement, and Benghazi), Breach of oath, Failure to enforce the laws, Abuse of office, and I wish it were illegal: felony incompetence.
            Timmy, how do you feel about your Obamesiah preaching about inequality right after spending +$20 million on his Hawaii vacation? Do you think that money could have gone to help a few of the needy in America? What I really resent, is that the Stalinist actually thinks he deserves it!

          • Tim Leonard

            You can choose to read my comment in any way you like. You chose to read it as emotional because YOU are emotional. And LMAO at your right-wing created scandals, RaconteurDick. Just more right-wing pablum that simpletons recite ad nauseum. You sit here crying about a fabricated sum of $20 million, yet you were fine with Tea Baggers pissing away $24 BILLION on the government shutdown they manufactured. Why don’t we hear you being fiscally responsible about the money being wasted on 42 attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act? And, yes, the President DOES deserve a vacation, RaconteurDick. The last Bush was on vacation for two of the eight years he was in office. Obama deserves a week off every now and then. It’s a shame you don’t believe that the President deserves vacation time, just like any other American.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Obama created those scandals with the help of his yes-men cronies.
            Your ignorance of the costs of Obama’s trips is not my problem. Shutdown? It was Obama who refused to negotiate on anything and Harry Reid who refused to bring any legislation up for a vote. TEA baggers? All 20 or so, of them in the Congress did all that? Is your Obamesiah that inadequate; that incompetent, that he can’t negotiate a simple bill? Of course he is.
            With the funds from Obama’s vacations (with his hangers-on) we could obliterate the debt of Chicago. You do know it costs over $1.5 BILLION PER YEAR to fund Obama & the White House? That does not include the cost of air travel which is in the Defense budget. Air Force One= $80,000 per HOUR, not including the costs of fighter escort and the C17, helicopters and other support air craft.
            Obama preaches about income inequality while he vacations in exotic places and lives like an emperor with his queen and YOU DEFEND IT!

          • Tim Leonard

            You’re delusional. Why should Obama have to REnegotiate a deal that already had been agreed to by the terrorists, I mean, the Republicans? That’s called hostage-taking. As for the cost of Air Force One, has that suddenly gone up? Why weren’t you complaining about that when Bush used it as a shuttle between Texas and Washington DC? What a hysterical hypocrite you are.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Obama was the one crying about the mean Republicans not negotiating; then when they offer negotiations he refuses! The Republicans did not agree to anything on Obamacare. Remember? The Democrats shut the doors and passed it without ANY Republican input.
            Air Force One? Yes the costs have gone up. Especially since it is now using Obama biofuel at an astronomical cost per gallon. Don’t forget the entourage of hangers-on and staff waiting hand and foot on the queen.
            Do you seriously want to compare the costs of Bush vacationing on the ranch, to Obama vacationing in Hawaii? What do you think 5-10X the costs? or 15X? DC to Texas ~3 hrs X $80,000 = $240,000 for AF1. DC to Hawaii ~12 hrs X $80,000 = $960,000 Just for AF1. ONE WAY! Add to this the fighter escorts, C17, helicopters and for Obama, a refueling plane, and you are looking at considerably more than a jaunt to Texas. This is just SOME of the transportation!

          • Tim Leonard

            Yeah, they offered negotiations, starting with the repeal of the ACA. Since that obviously was NOT happening, how is that “negotiating”? You’re so dumb and brainwashed it’s pointless to continue this. Nearly three-quarters of Americans blame Ted Cruz for the shutdown. You’re among the 25% of hardcore idiots who refuse to admit that Republicans are out to screw the middle class.
            As for Bush, multiply all of the trips he took and the cost quickly will dwarf what Obama has spent on one trip. Bush was going to Texas at least once a month, so go $240K x 12. Remember, he spent two YEARS of his Presidency in Texas. Go ahead and deny that. As for the entourage and hangers-on, it’s a well-known fact that Michelle Obama has a smaller staff than any First Lady since Nancy Reagan. So, again, you’re just putting lies and misinformation out there and pretending they’re fact. In other words, you’re a Tea Bagger.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Try getting your info from some other source than the DailyKos and Media Matters. That’s spelled TEA bagger, a$$hat.
            Your queen has a staff of about 22-24. That is comparable to Mrs. Bush and Hitlery.
            That you are a liberal, progressive, lemming is obvious. Your Obamesiah can do no wrong in your eyes, Eventually you’ll get it in the posterior from one of Obama’s EO’s. When you do, you’ll have some excuse to convince yourself that it feels SO good!

          • Tim Leonard

            http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/justice/florida-movie-theater-shooting/

            Florida….AGAIN. This time another “responsible gun owner.” Tell me, Raconteur Dick, why is it so many of the crazy, irresponsible people live in either Florida or Texas?

          • Raconteur Duck

            Yes, and a retired cop at that. are you now proposing to disarm the cops?
            Florida & Texas? how about Chicago, L.A., or Washington DC? Shall we disarm the cops there, too?

          • Tim Leonard

            A RETIRED cop is a private citizen, jackwagon. Why does ANY private citizen need to carry a gun into a movie theatre? So, yes, I want to disarm RETIRED cops. Why are you always twisting the discussion into The Ridiculous Zone? Oh, wait. It’s because you know your side of the discussion is crap.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Well, jackoff, while it might not be necessary to have a gun in a theater, how about getting to and from the inside of the theater? Where are you most likely to get mugged and hurt? In the parking lot.
            Tim, I don’t need to twist anything. I can’t help it if your logic is full of holes and unsupportable. BTW, all cops are private citizens, but they like to think otherwise.

          • Tim Leonard

            So he needs a gun to get from his car to the theatre? Why is he going to the movies in such a dangerous area? Not to mention the fact that that part of Florida isn’t dangerous, so your presumption is completely absurd. And who gets mugged in a parking lot with so many witnesses right there? But, then again, what a shocker that you have once again moved into THE RIDICULOUS ZONE. I should just call it The Raconteur Dick Zone. Oh, and this apparently is not the first time this loon has threatened moviegoers.

            http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/justice/florida-movie-theater-shooting/index.html?sr=fb011514floridamovieshooter9a

          • Raconteur Duck

            Tim Leonard: The prime example of Oblivion living in condition white. I could mug you anywhere and people standing right next to you would think I was helping you Getting next to a condition white, oblivion like you would be sooo easy.

            But tell me, how would YOU defend against this retired cop? Dial 911? Oh, you would kung fu him. O great master of martial arts!

            Maybe a law against retired cops carrying guns would help. But then, what happens when a regular cop loses it and shoots someone for texting? I guess that would be ok with you.

            Thomas saw you coming:
            “False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” Thomas Jefferson

          • Tim Leonard

            Bring it on, Raconteur Dick. I enjoy your meaningless threats. I’m sure in your tiny, little mind, the only way for the now dead man to defend himself would have been….to pull out a gun of his own! Yes, that’s the way to a safer country, make sure everybody is armed. As for your Jefferson quote, I’m sure the dead man would take issue with being referred to as “one imaginary or trifling inconvenience.” But you’ve already shown your disdain for the sanctity of human life.
            Funny, how you chose to respond to only one part of my post. You ignored the silliness of the retired cop “needing” a gun to walk from his car to the theatre. You ignored that the part of Florida he was in is not a dangerous area, which means he doesn’t need his gun. You also ignored the sign in the theatre that prohibits patrons from bringing guns into the theatre. But, like all Tea Baggers, you’re under the assumption that rules are for others and you can do what you want. Until one of you dumbasses shoots someone. I also notice that you have expressed no sympathy for the dead man or horror that something like this is still allowed to happen in our country. I guess someone pulling out a gun and shooting someone for texting is OK with you.

          • Raconteur Duck

            I never made a threat. Your entire comment is a string of idiotic, unfounded, unsupported assumptions and projections.
            As to need, rights are not based on need. Abuse of any right to the detriment of another’s rights is not only morally wrong, it is illegal.
            Since you think disarming Americans is such a great thing, why don’t you provide some quotes from the founders of America, that support you position. And source your data.

          • Tim Leonard

            Ahh, I see I’m finally speaking your language, RaconteurDick. As for “unsupported assumptions,” lets’s see…..you said I’d be OK with a regular cop shooting someone in a theatre. Oh, how dumb you are. You assume that a retired cop is going to get mugged in a parking lot on a 30-foot walk to a theatre. You, remarkably, said I wanted to disarm all police. Where you got THAT from, only your feeble and twisted mind knows. And before that, you mistakenly estimated that Michelle Obama had a larger staff than any previous First Lady. That bit of misinformation was unfounded and unsupported.

            And since when do you care about morals? I’m sure you talk about God in one breath and wanting to cut food stamps in the next. You have no compassion for your fellow man. That much is obvious. As for threats, telling me you were going to mug me and how easy it would be certainly ARE threats. As for quotes, why don’t you show me some quotes from the founding fathers supporting the use of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. And source your data.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Hey Tim Lickturd ( I can do it too). Go back and read. I never threatened you. Stating that I possess a capability, is not a threat. You are one to talk about morals. Again, assumptions about my ideas of God and food stamps? Well, I see you don’t have anything to support your position.

            I suppose you mean use of semi and full auto weapons by citizens other than the organized military, here: ” Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” Tench Coxe. The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

          • Raconteur Duck

            “[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; …”

            Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788
            Now all you have to do is figure out what ‘arms’ he is writing about. Hint; see Tench Coxe.

          • Tim Leonard

            LMAO. Keep taking quotes from 1788 as if they were made yesterday. I have no problem with your right to bear arms. Feel free to go down to your local gun store and buy a musket. That was the weapon of choice back in 1788. You have my permission to use a 1788 weapon to “defend: yourself. You might want to look into the concept of “and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them” because you gun nuts OBVIOUSLY have left that aspect of gun ownership back in the 18th Century. Of course, your argument is — again — remarkably flawed. We needed a militia back then because we didn’t have the military might we have now. Instead, you gun nut nitwits read the Constitution to say that you should be allowed to own any sort of weapon you want and use it however you please.,And in your home state, they’re even making up absurd laws that allow you to gun down your neighbor and then claim “I was scared” after the fact to get away with it. Go ahead and amaze me and tell me you disagree with Stand Your Ground, which is quite likely the dumbest law ever written. Oh, and go ahead and keep quoting other people. It’s better reading that than the nonsense you think up yourself.

          • Raconteur Duck

            You really revel in your ignorance, don’t you? You have never read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. You have no knowledge of the Constitutional Debates. You know nothing of the weapons that were used in the American Revolution, yet you continue to flaunt your ignorance.
            Keep it up poser, it gets more risible the more you post.

          • Tim Leonard

            The old CONservative tactic. When you can’t argue the point, attack and change the subject. I know your playbook as well as you do. I think we’re done here, RaconteurDick. You stay in 1788. I’m fine and dandy living in 2014.

          • Raconteur Duck

            OK Tim Lickturd you have fun rolling in your ignorance. It’s no skin off my back and remember: “Those who refuse to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”

          • Tim Leonard

            I HAVE learned from history, RaconteurDickless. Why do you think I have no desire to repeat Trickle-down economics, as flawed a system as there ever was. Why do you think I don’t want another Republican in the White House so that we can get the economy in order, rather than giving millionaires even more tax breaks? Your ignorance is what will doom this country. I won’t let that happen. I’m going to save you from idiots such as yourself, BTW, the last President who was called a “Socialist” was FDR. He did a pretty good job. Three terms. If you Tea Baggers would let Obama do his job, you’d see progress happen faster than it’s been happening. Again, enjoy 1788 and your guns and treating women like property. I’m just fine here in 2014.

          • Raconteur Duck

            HAHAHAHA!! You have learned nothing. QED.

          • Tim Leonard

            From you? That’s the first thing you’ve gotten right in this entire discussion. QED.

          • Tim Leonard

            Says the man who knows nothing. You wouldn’t know what I’ve learned because you have yet to learn it.

            “The end of Democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed institutions.” — Thomas Jefferson.

            Sounds like Jefferson wouldn’t like today’s Republicans.

          • Raconteur Duck

            I know that the quote is bogus, but you are ignorant enough to post a quote that never appeared until 1994. Probably from Chomsky.

            Try again fool. Jefferson wouldn’t like any of today’s politicians.

          • Tim Leonard

            Florida….AGAIN. Have you just brought every dumbass in the country down there?

            http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/21/republican-house-candidate-calls-president-obama-executed-war-crimes.html

          • Tim Leonard

            You “know” that quote is bogus? Why would I post a false quote? And if you “KNOW” it, Raconteur Dick, why not prove it? Oh, that’s right, because you’re a Tea Bagger jackass and you just deny real facts and insist that your way is the only way and you know better. Fool.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Why would post a false quote? Because you are an ignorant a$$. Why don’t you provide your source? Here’s mine:

            http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation
            Go for it.

          • Tim Leonard

            As usual, lots of bluster and ignorance from you. It’s what you do best.

          • Raconteur Duck

            What’s wrong Timmy? Can’t defend your use of a little ole quote? Got caught, huh? Crawl back in your hole now, poor little liberal jerk.

          • Tim Leonard

            http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/07/florida-man-bites-neighbors-ear-off-over-a-cigarette/

            Florida….shocking. The same state that gave us Bath Salts.

    • Rom Parani

      You must be a brain dead godless Demoncrats, voted for a liar-in-chief. We do not welcome any Obama lap dog in FL. Stay put wherever you are as we don’t like pollution in our state.

      • curmudgeon

        Amen, we are getting far too many loser democRAT voters settling in our community. We now have roughly 30% of our population claiming democRAT allegiance and starting to whine about fairness, social justice and being mean to their Lord and Savior, Barack Hussein Obama. These are the same morons who elect cretins and derelicts like Alan Grayson and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz not to mention a total idiot like Corrine Brown.

        • Doug

          You have weapons. You and your neighbors know what to do.

          • Tim Leonard

            And what is that, Doug? Spray gunfire around the state?

        • Know Really

          You must be from my “neighborhood.” I’s just loves Corrine, one of the most intelligent specimens of humanity. Think she should be on the short list for the next Noble Prize for Astrophysics as well as the 2014 Heisman. She can do it all!!!! Clay County. Where are you?

          • curmudgeon

            Marion, but we track the obnoxious RATs all across the state. Deutch and Hastings are two others of our finest.

          • Know Really

            Marion, ok. You’ve done your homework to know about Corrine. Another “classy” POS who knows how to get herself elected. Fortunately she is not my rep but her district line wiggles through our city/county. Friends detest the fact that she’s their rep and say they only need to move across the street to get out of her district — and wish they could. This year, we’re trying again to oust her, but her machine is well oiled and she knows how to buy the votes.

          • curmudgeon

            I assume her district is heavily weighted with Americans of African descent? Corrine takes stupidity to a whole other level however which is difficult when you have to consider that she is in competition with Debbie Whatshername-Shitforbrains and Fredrica ‘Hats’ Wilson here in Florida along with Mad Maxine Waters, and the ravishing and terminally stupid Sheila Jackson Lee D-Houston insane asylum and the rest of the female members of Congress. The democRAT party seems to be blessed with the ugly and stupid females of politics.

          • MoBetter2

            Deutch is a libtard nightmare and needs to be “primaries” in the next election!

          • curmudgeon

            He is a hero of the party and will never be ‘primaried’ by the RATs. Hard for them to find someone who is further left than good old Ted.

          • MoBetter2

            Sadly, you are probably correct, curmudgeon! Maybe it is time for me to look to live somewhere outside the borders of the Peoples’ Socialist Republic of Palm Beach County.

          • curmudgeon

            Possibly. Wasn’t Palm one of the three counties along with Miami-Dade and Broward where the dummies could not even figure out a simple task like placing their X in the proper box in 2000? You are surrounded by terminal stupidity and insanity.

          • MoBetter2

            Yes, indeed, the libtards wear their terminal stupidity and insanity like a demented badge of courage, with Washerwoman-Schitz and Deutch leading the way. It doesn’t seem possible to generate the necessary numbers at the polls, as it appears the Independents lean left here.

          • Charles Wesley

            Ocala area? Curious. Marion is my county, too.

          • curmudgeon

            The Villages, but we are getting an influx of those whose voices are a constant reminder of their growing up in the NYC area. Anywhere within 200 miles of the NYC cesspool are immediately suspect in my mind as being libtards.

      • Tim Leonard

        Obviously, you prefer people who pull out guns and shoot innocent citizens. Yeah, great state you have there. Any day could be your last because of a gun nut.

    • Know Really

      Good, from the sounds of it, you won’t be coming here to contaminate our state.

    • floramae

      GUESS YOU WILL BE VOTING FOR THE OVOMIT SLOBBER-ER AND FELLOW, YOU KNOW WHAT………LMAO AND JUST WAIT WHEN REALITY DOES BITE YOU IN THE A$$!!!

    • Lockstein13

      Why YES…you*are* utterly ignorant of anything about Florida.

    • EHeassler_USNRet

      You obviously don’t live in NY.

    • IHateLibs

      Reality is a joke in your SN . You wouldn’t know Reality if it SHITT on your Plate. LIB/DEMTURD

      • Tim Leonard

        Another classy Tea Bagger.

    • Bob A

      And FL doesn’t like Nazi socialists like you. Go live in NY or Cuba or N.Korea, where you belong.

      • Tim Leonard

        Florida must also hate intelligent, educated people if you’re an example of them.

    • bobby1122

      People with money and common sense leaving N.Y. — All that will be left is the very rich with loop holes to avoid taxes- the poor on the dole- and the criminals -.

    • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

      FL does have alligators. Every state has corruption, parasites and questionable politicians. NY is a prime example of that. We still have the right to protect ourselves and don’t need anymore leftists fools moving from NY to FL to destroy us. We have many fine colleges and people intelligent enough to know people like you are a waste of time, air and space.

    • http://jericho777.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey Hardin

      FantasyAlwaysNibbles…What has got your Sally in a lather
      and pulling up her dress and showing off her neanderthals
      brother?!
      Did your elected brother Obammy, the Ghetto Cracker Massa
      Bastad short change your hopes man. Has your Liberal finally realize how
      desperately stupid it has really become!?
      Gotta tell ya, it’s a whole lot cleaner down here bouts in my South than most Yankified states!
      I’m
      all Redneck and living the life Brother in my swamp paradise,
      great Southern company Like Rick Scott, Nikki Haley out maneuvering
      you Yankee Democrats!
      SC is drawing in one manufacturing plant after
      another to our right to work state, sounds like the 1850s all over
      again don’t it though, when the Southern colony’s smothered in their
      Southern charms of eloquence and our firm stature of pride and intellect,
      reigned mightily over the benighted old fool Abe Lincoln and his Yankee
      antagonizes….And so again do we take notice?!
      The South is Rising Again Sister Sally!
      And my Conservative brothers and sisters from up North are more than welcomed here!
      You little Nibbler, are most surely NOT!

  • Raconteur Duck

    The New Yawkers screwed up their state, so now they move elsewhere to screw up those places. Cockroaches.

    • Paul Johnson

      Real New Yorkers like my self have always voted Republican,, It’s the new wanna be New Yorkers that have screwed up this city.. Brooklyn is not the Brooklyn of my youth.

      • Raconteur Duck

        Then “real New Yorkers” are few and far between. My condolences.

        • curmudgeon

          Actually I have met good New Yorkers from Western and Upstate New York who also got sick of the liberal takers and moved South. Their politics are as Conservative as I am. Not the Bible thumping type, but the small government personal responsibility types.

      • disgusted demacrat

        And Miami is not the Miami of my youth either.gone are the good old days

    • curmudgeon

      Don’t you think the cockroach rather than the donkey should be the party mascot? Weiner, Obama, Clinton (either), Pelousy, Spitzer etc. the list of people who scurry at the presence of light is endless in that criminal enterprise.

      • Raconteur Duck

        Unfortunately, there too many with (R) after their names to exclude them too. But I do agree, the cockroach would a much more appropriate mascot, with a turkey vulture for the other party!

        • curmudgeon

          Duck, I cannot argue with your take on the RINO side of the ‘other’ party. Maybe the fabled unicorn of the democRATs could be borrowed and used as the so called moderate Pubbies are as phony as the mythical animal. I refuse to carry water for the Washington establishment Republicans and am getting tired of voting for them because they are the lesser of two evils. Evil is still evil and we are only choosing between the two parties to determine which party will be our big government jailer. Weasels, rats, maggots? the list is endless, but the mule and the elephant sure are being dragged through the mud by the cretins who lead the two formerly respected groups.

          • Raconteur Duck

            Well said.

  • Ohbama Binlyin

    Careful what you wish for, florida! All those ny weenies arriving in your state are certain to vote for the same kind of policies and politicians which is destroying their abandoned state of socialist fascism, then we can rename florida “new york jr.”.

  • Guest

    Tne New Yahkers haven’t ruined Florida yet, but if they keep coming here in droves, they might. Since I live at the northern part of the state, I should stop ‘em at the GA FL state line and tell them they’re welcome, but leave any liberal tendencies in the trash.

    • Lockstein13

      I hope they all stick to the Coast side and just ruin places like Miami…LEAVE THE GULFCOAST ALONE! ;)

      • Know Really

        Yeah, Miami is ruined. NY South.

    • Doug

      Start a petition.

      • disgusted demacrat

        A road block would be better..

  • Lockstein13

    Please, NO! Florida doesn’t need any more societal parasites.

  • Skeptical in Delray

    Even if Florida’s statewide average “property taxes rank near the middle among other states”, is this true in the South Florida counties that are the most common destinations for emigrants from the Northeast? More importantly when one is evaluating locational attractiveness, do those considering emigration understand the unintended consequence of Florida’s Save Our Homes amendment that results in newcomers paying multiples of the property taxes paid by their neighbors for identical properties simply on the basis of longevity? Could there be a more redistributionist public policy than this? Or one more likely to discourage newcomers? Take a look at the PBC Property Tax Appraiser’s website to see the billions (and growing) in rateables that are exempt from property taxes under SOH, and ask yourself how long Florida’s competitive advantage will last.

  • creeper

    I think this attitude is short-sighted. These refugees from the nanny state may be happy for a couple of years but sooner or later they’re going to start missing the “security” they had in New York. When that happens they’ll start voting in the same libs they fled. See: Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

    Same process, different coast.

  • Paul Johnson

    since we have elected a socialist Mayor I expect the exodus to continue and will be a mass exodus

    • Keasmom

      Like an invading hoard of illegals-move in, ruin it, move on.

  • curmudgeon

    Just hope the new immigrants leave their miserable freedom killing politics in NY where they have made the state uninhabitable for productive taxpaying citizens with their regressive redistributive policies.

    • Raconteur Duck

      “Just hope the new immigrants leave their miserable freedom killing politics in NY” Not a chance.

      • Doug

        NY retirees have large pensions which they spend down here.

        • disgusted demacrat

          Count their dollars big boy as you loose you freedoms, some trade huh?

    • Pan_Tadeusz

      You must be dreaming! Look at what they did to south Florida. It is no different that what they left, because they are the cause of that mess.

      • disgusted demacrat

        Girl:) have you got that spot on.Was once a lovely place to live. I grew up in Miami but left in 1990 and moved to a bright red state.

  • Mike Harris

    Be careful about what you ask for. If the expatriate New Yorkers continue to vote the way that they did up north, Florida could end up becoming as unlivable as the Union of Soviet Socialist Boroughs.

    • disgusted demacrat

      That started over 20 years ago. I saw the writting on the wall and moved out, now that have people? like washer woman sheets and grayson takeing over a once great state..