NY: The Chumpire State

May 14, 2008

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New York Chica has an interesting post about the Top Ten Recession-Proof Cities. The list is interesting and not surprising (Texas, Utah, and North Carolina made the list). She summed up the sentiments of New Yorkers when she said she didn’t expect any NY city to make the list. The only Top Ten lists New York is making are the ones with highest taxation, lowest wages, and most poor. Worst education is coming onto the list, as well. Those recession-proof cities in TX, UT, and NC are because NYers are fleeing the state in droves and migrating to those states.

I live in Upstate New York– right smack-dab in the middle of the state. The rest of the country has been reeling with recession-style tremors, but here in NYS, we’ve been living this way for about 30 years now. Our troubles all started when the state changed some language in the state constitution to favor Downstate (New York City area). New York City has seen a huge boom in the last 20-25 years. However, it has been Upstate’s natural resources and jobs pool that has fueled the economy down there. So essentially, the NYS government has slit its own throat. The “good times” can only last so long because sooner or later, the leech runs dry. And that’s Upstate right now… pretty dry.

New York State loves to tout itself as the “Empire State,” claiming that this state is the trend-setter for the rest of the states. Well, maybe 200 years ago that was something we could brag about, but since the 1880s, the state is leading the nation as an example of how NOT to govern. Let’s hope the other states learn from NY’s idiotic mistakes. Don’t let labor unions and politicians micro-manage the affairs of the people; don’t accept high taxation as a way to become prosperous and assume political “clout”; don’t add taxes upon taxes upon taxes and call them “fees” and “surcharges,” hoping no one will notice; don’t brag about how unsinkable you are when everyone knows it’s just a matter of rearranging the deck chairs.

Unfortunately, however, for those southern and midwestern states is that they lack the natural resources to support large populations. Drought conditions and the home foreclosure crisis brought this to the forefront. Northeasterners who have migrated south and west complain of the lack of green grass, trees, and abundant water. Duh.

It’s like I always say, here in NY, we don’t have calamitous natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods. Our natural disasters come in the form of politicians. I sometimes wonder that politicians are worse than weather disasters…. but no matter where you live, there will always be some price to pay. We’ll see how the nation fares, because we are seeing a monumental change in our American way of life.



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8 Responses to “NY: The Chumpire State”

  1. Linda Says:

    I have a news flash from Texas. We do have green grass, abundant trees and water. Of course, that may not be true for all of the state but we do get to experience heat, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and floods. It is just the small statement that says, just wait a few minutes and the weather will change. People will be changing their lifestyles all of the time depending on where they live. good aritcle!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    From what I have heard, Texas (as well as Utah, N. Carolina, and Arizona, those states that are experiencing record population growth) have concerns about having enough water to meet the needs of a booming population. There has been discussion among state leaders of tapping into the Great Lakes, possibly building pipelines and such nonsense. Most southwestern states receive anywhere from 7 to 30 inches of water per year, and most SW states have double the square acreage of northeastern states. New York receives 40 to 50 inches of rainfall a year, which is phenomenal for a non-coastal state.

    By “abundant” I mean that a season of no rainfall won’t kill our agriculture or force the population to ration water. I understand this kind of crisis occurs in the SW, even Texas? To us, a “drought” is a few weeks without rain, but we never really experience a dangerous threat to our water supply.

    Comparatively, Texas and those other SW states do not have green grass or trees like we do out east. Can’t even begin to compare.

  3. regina Says:

    Great post, especially for me since my family and I will migrating! We are currently living in upstate NY, but are originally from NYC and will be moving to Texas in July. So the change should be interesting to say the least! I am trying to prepare for the culture shock!

  4. Carole Says:

    Oh you are so right! Just our governors alone have been terrible disasters, oy!

  5. vulcanhammer Says:

    I grew up in NYC during the ’70’s and ’80’s. The city was a dump until Guliani came around. My parents decided to leave b/c it was very expensive and they never felt that we were safe after 2 break-ins. My wife and I currently live in California but we are thinking of relocating…again due to cost of living. I agree that there are some big changes coming to the American way of life.

  6. Grandy Says:

    I agree the political storms are worse. At least the other storms have insurance.

    My dad was from Upstate New York. Binghamton. He always spoke fondly of it. šŸ™‚

  7. Rebecca Says:

    I lived in Manhattan in the mid 80s. Yeah, it was awful. It took a dictator to clean up the place. But did he only clean up the streets? I am on the opinion that the real crooks are still in the city halls…

    Binghamton is a lovely area. I lived in the Southern Tier for a few years. Gosh, I think I’ve lived everywhere!!


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