As Rogan and other creatives look to move out, exchanging good weather for “more freedom,” what are the other factors that might turn a trickle into a flood?
The most salient one is taxes. California has the highest individual state income tax rate in the nation, 13.3 percent. Moving to Texas could save Rogan more than $13 million on his recently inked Spotify agreement.
The second reason is artistic license. California is fast becoming what it claims to hate: conformist. And, if everything is subject to the same ideologically approved groupthink, there can be no creativity.
Lastly, the surging metro violence, including the looting and the arson, unsettles many longtime residents of leftist-ruled cities. Unlike past periods of urban upheaval, this one has an unusual pattern — it’s overtly political.