Objects in motion tend to stay in motion and countries rolling downhill tend to keep rolling downhill. From Jeff Thomas at internationalman.com:
What happens is that, as a country becomes more socialistic, it attracts thousands of new residents who are seeking free stuff. They wish to cash in – to live off the state.
But someone has to pay for that free stuff. And of course, that means that the more productive people in the country are handed the tab.
As a country grows more socialistic, an ever-larger number of dependent people must be paid for by those who are productive. This, of course, diminishes the retained earnings of those who have been productive.
What happens then is that a quiet exodus begins to take place. The very people who are ordered to pay the bill for everyone else tend to look for greener pastures.
In most every case, the first inclination is to look for a better corner of the country in which to live. Generally, it’s a location – a state, a city, a town – where the taxes are less, the crime is lower and the level of freedom is greater.
After all, you don’t really want to leave your country; you just want to free yourself from the burdens your government is placing upon you.
Unfortunately, it’s that last bit that ultimately inspires expatriation.
Those who choose a partial exit – say to Florida, Texas, or even Puerto Rico – at some point discover that the government that had treated them as a cash cows, ready to be milked to pay for government’s increasing entitlements, does not wish to lose its herd of cows.