North Korea and South Korea. East Berlin and West Berlin. Virginia and Maryland?
OK, so the scope of the contrast isn't quite as great, but the point remains that a controlled experiment with economic policy is currently playing out around our nation's capital and -- unsurprisingly -- freedom is winning. From Betsi Fores in the Daily Caller:
A recent report by the conservative tax group Change Maryland shows that wealthy people in the state are following their money and moving out of the state due to high taxes.
The group’s research shows that Maryland experienced the largest mass exodus of Marylanders between the years 2007 and 2010, with over 31,000 residence leaving the state.
“Virginia is now home to 11,455 former Marylanders, taking $390 million from the tax rolls during this three-year period,” the group said in a statement.
The Old Line State raised taxes and fees 24 times since 2007, taking $2.4 billion out of the economy, according to Change Maryland.
And remember, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley seems to be laying the predicate for a 2016 presidential run in the midst of all this. I wonder if he'd carry Virginia.