In my new book, "Fate of the States," I address the demographic transformation of the United States happening right before our eyes. I see clearly how opportunities are being shifted to some states from others, largely because of higher relative business investment spending and thus job creation, but also because of individual decisions based on basic affordability and quality of life.
Surely, if all things were equal, many Americans would choose to live in warm climates with stunning coastal views over harsher conditions with less scenic vistas. But the reality of today's situation in the U.S. is that all things are not equal among states, and the deviation in standards of living is growing greater by the day.
Not only is high structural unemployment endemic in certain once highly prosperous states, but those states are in such dire fiscal situations that they don't have the money to spend on necessary jobs retraining and other critical supplemental education programs. This doesn't get better over time. Rather, the math suggests it will only get worse.
Fewer people working means a lower tax base and higher drains on the very social services that these states cannot afford. Conversely, opportunity begets more opportunity in states where strong job growth is creating bulging tax receipt coffers, thereby enabling broad expansion of education programs, infrastructure investment and other critical social services investments.
Some critics have contorted my message to say that I believe everyone will move to North Dakota from California, an asinine oversimplification of my thesis. What I believe will happen over the next several decades is exactly what happened for centuries inside the United States. Americans ultimately migrate toward job growth, and job growth in some parts of the country is undeniably outpacing job growth in others.
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