NY Economic Decline Continues—3rd Gun Co. Divesting to the South
Detroit’s ruin is still the poster child for the 50 years of Democratic rule, but New York State is not far behind. Its decline is ever more evident by the recently announced divesting of Remington Arms in a little village called Illon, New York.
Nearly 200 years ago, Elphalet Remington II forged his first rifle in Illon. The Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) facility is moving production of two gun lines to Alabama, losing 80 out of 1400 jobs. This small central NY community of 8,000 residents is worried that Remington could move out all together. And with good reason. Tom King, president of the state chapter for National Rifle Association believes the move is directly related to the SAFE Act—the far reaching gun-control legislation that banned the sale of popular so called “assault weapons,” including the AR-15s made by ROC in Ilion.
Forbes article quotes Teddy Novin, Remington’s spokesperson, reporting the consolidating of “multiple company plants into our Huntsville, Alabama facility. This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality. We are working hard to retain as many from the affected facilities as possible.”
This is the third gun company moving at least a segment of their operations out of NY since the SAFE Act was passed. Kahr Arms and American Tactical Imports are also expanding operations by moving to more 2nd Amendment-friendly states.
But Governor Cuomo does not seem to mind. His response, as you may recall, revealed a disturbing attitude toward Conservative American values: “Who are they?” Are they these extreme conservatives—pro-assault-weapon? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” So Cuomo seems reconciled to the migration of Conservatives leaving New York. And they are.
Sean Hannity was so offended that he has begun the process of moving to Florida and/or Texas. Rush Limbaugh moved away years ago. But the propaganda machine continues selective omission, reporting NY’s population is higher than ever, failing to clarifying that the rich and productive are leaving NY while international immigrants are taking their place. The percentage of people moving out compared to people moving in [from the US] is a difference of 61%. Census Trends reports, “New York State continues a long-standing trend of seeing more residents move to other states than move in, and gains in international migration have not overcome the loss, according to census data released this week.
Specifically, the state had an influx of more than “ 318,000 people from other countries between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2013, but saw more than 328,000 people leave for other parts of the nation.”
A New York Post article (Feb, 2013) titled Empire State in Decline, writes, “Big-bucks businesses thrive in Manhattan, but small business struggles everywhere; the middle-class has long since abandoned an economically hollowed-out Upstate—even as unions and other special interests grow fat across the board.”
In 2012, New York was ranked last in economic outlook attributed to excessive tax and spending policies. Nothing has changed. “Rich States, Poor States” 2014 annual report put out by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). New York is ranked in economic outlook as 50th, with 1 being best and 50th the worst; it’s ranked 35th in economic performance, on the same continuum.
The Democratic elite policies continue in New York as they have in Detroit, propped up by the propaganda arm of mainstream media. They continue to mask their agenda as benefiting the middle and lower classes while driving the companies (along with the jobs and tax revenue generated by business) out of state, resulting in cities such as Buffalo to be ranked the 3rd poorest city in the nation. It is no surprise the residents of Ilion are concerned.
Yet the low information voter along with those who are misinformed by the Left’s shallow reporting, continue to treck into the voting booths—year after year—not realizing they are fostering their communities own demise—not unlike the proverbial frog placed in a pot that slowly rises to a boiling temperature—and its own death.