I'm linking to this little revealing tidbit; it relates to one blue-stater's frustration with the rising cost of living in his Democrat-controlled homeland:
Successful Democratic Blogger Can't Afford Blue State
Markos Moulitsas Zúniga the man that runs the most successful political blog in America can't afford the Blue state of California:
So I'm getting a little frustrated with the Bay Area real estate market, and for the first time in years I'm casting about the rest of the nation to see if there's anywhere else where I could possibly live.
How ironic, a guy who supports a party that promotes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, land-use restrictions, zoning, open space laws, and unions is unable to buy a house in the very Blue area of Northern California. All this from a guy who's got a law degree. What is it about Blue America that hates people that aren't rich???
Attention Markos Moulitsas Zúniga: did it ever occur to many in Blue state America that Houston (that doesn't have zoning) is a lot more affordable than let's say Berkeley,California. Also, Houston residents don't have a state income tax that they are paying. It appears Kos can't afford the very values he promotes, which is regulation of markets which leads to artificially high real estate prices.
Nothing against Mr. Kos (today!); but it is this blindness towards the cause/effects of liberal policies that I find most maddening. Just saw it yesterday in Jersey at a Hanukkah/Christmas party - my fellow blue-staters were complaining about housing costs/rising taxes/lowered standards; and when I suggested that is was the direct results of policies they voted for; I was met with a collective blank stare (but little well-argued response), and comments on how Bush is the root of all evil.
Well, I never like to spoil a good party with overheated rhetoric, but perhaps aiding and abetting those whose policies you know to be destructive, for no better reason than refusal to open your own mind, can be called evil as well. Benign ignorance is one thing, but willful ignorance, as practiced by our self-appointed intellectual elite, is a vile personal trait.
Doesn't seem to faze the American Left or our "patriotic" Democratc Party, though...
Link here: http://nalert.blogspot.com/2005/12/successful-democratic-blogger-cant.html