“Of course, it's especially irritating to me because I'd like to have a good-sized family and live in New England, and it's going to be awfully hard to afford it.”
Blogger Ross Douthat is something of a center-right thinker who is in his mid twenties. The young man eventually wishes to marry and raise a family in the New England area of the country. Unfortunately, Douthat is employed as a journalist for The Atlantic Monthly and is not an investment banker. He simply doesn’t earn anywhere near the income required to live comfortably in blue states like Connecticut. Zoning laws, unions, and high taxes are among a few reasons why only the very wealthy or welfare recipients can realistically plan to remain citizens. The middle class is royally screwed. The red states are adding more people and growing economically while the blue states are falling further behind. Mr. Douthat’s plight is a reminder why the red states will add more congressional representatives and electoral votes after the next national census in 2010. This, of course, means that the Republicans will likely continue to dominate our national politics. When will Ross Douthat move to a red state? I’m not sure if he’s even seriously considered the possibility. My money, however, is on Douthat moving to someplace like Texas. It will be most interesting to see what he finally decides.