Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New York Tosses Treasures Texas Would Welcome

Radio and television talk show and news commentary personality Sean Hannity recently received some unwelcoming words from New York's Governor Cuomo. Hannity's retort was to express a desire to move.

Reportedly, Cuomo's message was interpreted as something in the vein of "anybody who values individual natural rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and holds the US Constitution as a higher authority than the oligarchy in charge has no place in my state". Of course, those were not Cuomo's exact words.

His exact words were "[A]nd if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are."

After hearing of Hannity's rebuttal, Cuomo's camp backpedaled a bit, claiming the words were taken out of context. The Blaze has the full transcript of Cuomo's interview, which is available on the New York Governor's Office website.

Cuomo's words may have just been a spark to ignite Sean Hannity into vocalizing things he may have been long considering. Hannity cites high property taxes and a 10% income tax as additional reasons to move to better climates. Those "better climes" include lower taxes, better economic policies, and gentler weather. Hannity hinted at cosidering moves to either Florida or Texas, two warm, southern states with no state income taxes. Both states also have coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico.

Governor Rick Perry and other Texas leaders have spent the last few years courting successful enterprises to move or expand operations in Texas. When Colorado became a less permissive state, Texas began negotiations with Magpul. Texas convinced X-Cor, once based in California, to relocate the aerospace company to Midland, TX. Even global companies such HID Global found Texas's economic policies and business-friendly environment a great place to move their corporate headquarters.

Glenn Beck started his own network, The Blaze, in Dallas,TX. It appears Beck's network is already hard at work attempting to partner with  Hannity. That would complete a trifecta of conservative voices now that Dana Loesch has joined The Blaze with her own television program.

Hannity would  not be the first radio host to pull up his tent stakes and move. Before the aforementioned Beck moved to Texas, noted (now retired) libertarian talk show host Neal Boortz moved to Naples, FL. While his show broadcast out of WSB in Atlanta, GA, Boortz transmitted from a remote site in his Florida home. Among Boortz's reasons for the move were better weather and lower taxes.

If many financial powerhouses and businessmen such as Peter Schiff and the majority of Wall Street wizards followed suit, how long would it be before New York City made bankrupt Detroit look affluent? 

Hannity hinted that his first preference may be Florida. He stated he prefers to be near the water. Perhaps a visit to Houston or Corpus Christi would change his mind?

“I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody that wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”  (Real Clear Politics has the audio, here)

I'm sure Texans would cheer Gov. Perry's administration if he could convince Hannity to convert to Texan.  Hannity is a friendly person, a Tejano in spirit.

Apparently, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst already sent Sean one invitation from the Republic of Texas:

There is something to be said of conservative crusaders who dig in and stay in less conservative states. They provide a voice of sanity, individuality, liberty, and hope to those oppressed by the feudalistic-oligarchic tyrants such as Cuomo (NY), Brown (CA) and Quinn (IL).

(H/T to Breitbart, The Blaze, and Real Clear Politics)