As part of the GOP’s attempts to frame all taxes as “socialist” job-killers, last April, Rush Limbaugh vowed to leave New York, claiming to be fed up with the high taxes. It was a pretty clever move: there’s scant evidence that taxes actually do shift jobs overseas, but Limbaugh could have poignantly made his point by becoming a prop in his own socialist-versus-capitalist melodrama.
Could have — if he’d actually ever moved.
It’s true. Despite his promise to “go Galt,” fulfilling Ayn Rand’s dream of “talented” individuals fleeing tax-afflicted liberal metropoles, Limbaugh hasn’t moved a muscle. With this failure to follow-through, I dare say Limbaugh has in fact proved our point: that taxes are an integral part of any capitalist system, and in sufficiently desirable states, and sufficiently desirable nations, governments can raise taxes to provide for social services without fear of scaring away talented individuals, or profitable enterprises. I look forward to many more years of Limbaugh’s tax dollars paying for my “socialist” government-run transportation.