The concept of competitive federalism comes into play here. The Founders set up a system that would allow states to compete with each other to determine which policies work (Texas and job creation) and which don’t (California and just about everything else). People then vote with their feet.
“Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, hundreds of people move to Texas every day. They want to be someplace that works.
Michigan took an important step last year, becoming a right-to-work state. That's the first step toward breaking the power of public sector unions. Wisconsin did so a couple of years ago. But it's a race against time. On everything from ObamaCare to Social Security to retiree pensions, the federal government is making things worse year after year, turning a country that once made things (as Detroit made millions of cars) into a country that fears carbon dioxide (a harmless gas we're all exhaling even as we read these words).
But it's going to be a tough battle, and one half of the political spectrum is determined to fight against any progress. "Detroit’s Democratic party makes a far more comprehensive wrecking crew than Emperor Bokassa ever did. No bombs, no invasions, no civil war, just liberal progressive politics day in, day out" Mark Steyn writes. "The same malign alliance between a corrupt political class, rapacious public-sector unions, and an ever more swollen army of welfare dependents has been adopted in the formally Golden State of California, and in large part by the Obama administration, whose priorities — 'health' 'care' 'reform,' 'immigration' 'reform' — are determined by the same elite/union/dependency axis."
We should all hope Detroit can survive. If it doesn't, get set to draw that graph of human progress again, this time with a line going back down.