Mass Millionaires on the March

[Amazon Link, See Disclaimer] Drew Cline makes (roughly) the same prediction Pun Salad did three days ago: Massachusetts votes to raise New Hampshire's median income.

One of the more important New Hampshire stories of the 2022 mid-term elections happened in Massachusetts, where voters approved a so-called “millionaires tax.” That vote represents a pivot back toward the old “Taxachusetts” days when Bay State lawmakers disregarded the interstate competitive effects of their tax policies.

When it takes effect, the “millionaires tax” will levy a punitive 4% tax rate on incomes of $1 million or more. That is on top of the state’s existing 5% income tax. This 80% tax increase for people who earn $1 million or more is likely to motivate a lot of people to seek shelter in places that don’t treat them as cash cows to be milked for the benefit of others.

Massachusetts abuts just one state that does not view people as resources to be exploited. That would be the live-free-or-die state. Accordingly, New Hampshire’s population of millionaires — and people who aspire to that status — should increase a bit in the near future.

I, for one, welcome refugees fleeing economic persecution.

Briefly noted:

  • Victor Joecks of the Las Vegas Review-Journal performed a little experiment to test voting security, and didn't like what he found: Clark County accepted my signature on 6 mail ballot envelopes. (Don't worry, he went to a lot of trouble to ensure what he did was legal.)

    We are supposed to be soothed by repetitive chant: "No evidence of widespread voter fraud."

    The problem is that many places designed voting procedures that make it difficult, if not impossible, to detect widespread voter fraud.

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    Answer: WOKEISM