People flee high-taxes

Americans are fleeing high tax, union-dominated states and settling in states with lower taxes, right-to-work laws and lower government spending.

(Full story here.)

Chicago is burdened with not only high taxes but outrageous debt (more stories to follow on that issue shortly.)  We have to understand that we are not going to be able to tax our way out of this problem.  People will leave, and it will not be the poorest among us.   It will be those who have the means; the upper-middle class will be the first to go.  Lose that tax base and this city is sunk.

From you the voter

I was reading this story here at the Sun-Times about how Chicago compares to other cities (we rock by the way.)  And in the comments I found this observation by someone posting as nomoretears:

Chicago is fine, and Chicago needs to worry about being Chicago. We just need new local and state leadership across the board. It would be nice to keep our swankiness but much of old Chicago’s unique charm is slowly slipping away.

The best way to market Chicago is through it’s residents. If the residents love living here, then others will want to spend time here. However, most Chicagoans have been miserable over the past decade because we’ve been getting raped and mistreated by the Daley Administration. If we can get better leadership, leadership that isn’t constantly digging into our pockets, it would certainly improve quality of life here in Chicago. And the Parking meter fiasco must be removed or Chicago will no longer have ANY business.

Mark my word on that one!

Thank you nomoretears.   I think you summed that up nicely.

Relocate To Make It

Have you heard of this?

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, one in 10 adults between the ages of 18 and 34 said the poor economy has forced them to move back in with mom and dad.

Tribune has a story about it here.  It’s pretty straightforward, kids leave home trying to make it on their own and can’t.  So they return to the nest and live in their parents’ basements with all their stuff taking up a spot for the car in the garage.  I’m not trying to be harsh or curt here, just stating what it is.  Besides, I admire their perseverance.

What struck me about this story is that people will relocate — even to less than desirable conditions — to improve their lives.  Maybe I’m reaching here but in my neighborhood in Chicago there are a lot of young couples who are just kinda holding it together.  And every time there’s a crime in the neighborhood, or the parking meters go up again, or the CTA raises its rates, or any one of the dozens of things that annoy city residents happens they ask themselves, “Why do we live here?”

Our politicians better stand-up and take notes.  People will leave Chicago and make a new life somewhere else.  Somewhere where city stickers don’t cost an arm and a leg.  Where taxes are reasonable.  Where you can park on the street.  Where potholes get fixed.  Where the schools are safe.  Where the leadership doesn’t sell of revenue and damn our children to paying for today expenses.

If the politicians don’t move on this, the people will.