That is the hardest thing in the world to do. You have ties to the place you are living in and to the people around you but ties are not etched in stone. Always remember that. Humans are herd animals.
People are shook to their foundations about the highly discriminatory law passed in Indiana under the guise of religious freedom. First off, no major religion has ever passed or supported a law to give “religious freedom” to any minority religion as that cuts into their profits. I have several messages from my friends in the Gay and Alternative Religious Communities asking if I think they should move.
YES... run as fast as you can. It is only going down hill from here. This is just one piece of legislation that is going to be the beginning of an avalanche of laws that will take all your freedoms and will then move on to the infamous Right to Work laws if they didn't start there. When this one law (Right to Work) started in Florida, my only regret is we didn't move up north when we could. It is my only regret in this life. BUT we both had parents here that were elderly. Just so you know, the only thing we have is what we personally worked our lower posteriors off for 40 years. Someone else is enjoying everything both sets of parents had and even what we gave them. We bought the house for my parents and couldn't get a house of our own for years because the mortgage was in our name but hey, they were our parents.
What we didn't know in our young and naive raised to take care of our family minds was the laws quickly changed to favor not just any employer, but the government and the good old individual, no matter how senile they were as long as they could manage a grunt and to hold a pen. When people go senile and get Alzheimer's disease, they turn against their family and they have the right (hey all that good old FREEDOM) to refuse treatment and thus diagnosis until eventually they, against even legal warnings, turn everything over to the first company person sent out to “take care of” them. In the psychiatric office, I saw people turn over their homes and bank accounts to people the “government” sent out to do housekeeping and even give the payments that should have gone for their doctors' services and medications to the local Pastor, i.e. Man of God, leaving them without even food for the month and evicted from the trailer park the next month.... And because of “Religious Freedom”, small government (which just gets bigger under the GOP) and that “rugged individualism” and personal freedom, there is not going to be a danged thing YOU, the family, can do. You are also going to see your wages go down and your insurance disappear if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the states suing to NOT allow their citizens to collect their supplements so they can afford insurance. Do you have any idea how many small businesses have sprung up supporting this “new” medical community and its hundreds of thousands of new 'customers'? All of them will now go belly up and when the money from the government disappears and the only ones left standing will be the huge medical corporations. Do you know what happens when your independent doctor goes to work for the big guy because that insurance check doesn't come in to pay his rent and staff? The big medical corporation hiding as a hospital, HMO or clinic now cuts a deal with the insurance company and the drug companies to give you the least amount of care for the most amount of money and prescribe the most expensive medications made by that drug company, because they get them free to give you in the hospital while charging you an arm and a leg for that freebie. As long as you have a penny to spend on that drug, they are going to take it and when you run out of money, they will take your house. (did you read that consent for treatment and responsibility clause? In a homestead state, they can take your house.) Now you know who the real Death Panels are and the criteria is how much money you have they can get.
Run as fast as you can if you are smart enough to see the beginning of this trend and you are in a Red State. Do it NOW. This is because let's face it, Liberals are smarter than Conservatives and my cat is smarter than the average Tea Party member or Libertarian. That means the rest of your friends are packing as I write this because they have seen the hand writing on the wall. With the Red States draining all the tax dollars from the Blues states, they are not going to have the dollars to maintain their standard of living. It will get harder and harder to find housing and work in Blue states that take care of their current people who live there.
This is what we have seen in Blue South Florida. Our tax money goes to Red North and Central Florida and is nicely invested in bridges to nowhere and huge 8 lane highways with a couple of cars on them. Meanwhile in an area riddled with canals, our bridges are falling into the water and our roads are way too small for the traffic and in total disrepair. When you consider the average tax bill in my neighborhood is over 10,000.00 for which we get NOTHING, it is hard to live in a Blue South Florida. Not only that, but we have watch our jobs move to Red Texas and overseas, workers imported from Red States at their level of wages throwing them on OUR welfare rolls and in OUR low income housing so not only do we lose OUR jobs to the Red States but we now pay to subsidize the low income workers Walmart and the rest imported from these Red States. This has stretched our economy to the breaking point. Put simply, Red North and Central Florida are bankrupting Blue South Florida. The Red States are going to bankrupt the Blue States unless someone puts the brakes on the money train they are riding and since the GOP is in charge, they busy oiling those brakes. So don't move to South Florida unless you really want to live on welfare while working 12 hours a day cleaning toilets for the 1% in their homes and hotels. Domestic workers are not covered under minimum wages laws but fall under agriculture. Not only that, Red Florida makes it easy for any company to put you into the no benefit, pay all your own taxes plus a self employment tax, “Independent Contractor” status even though they are breaking FEDERAL LAW by having you work a specific schedule on their premises. You, the rugged individual, have NO rights. You, the corporation or church, have ALL the rights. And if you want to complain, just remember, those staunchly anti-immigrant GOP'ers can easily replace you with an undocumented alien down here and soon, in your state. They know “those little brown ones” won't give them any trouble if raped, beaten or killed because they are undocumented and will be not tossed out of this country and returned to their country any more, but put in a for profit prison where they can be real slave labor until they die.
You might be saying that no group of people in their right minds would allow such a thing to happen. Friends, it has already happened in South Florida. A government official is on undetermined “medical” leave because he put the forbidden word, “climate change” in his report on a conference he attended which was discussing the rising sea level and water management challenges to South Florida and may face criminal charges for “misrepresenting” the conference as you aren't allowed to say climate change or attend any meeting where those words might be used. Good old individual freedom means you no longer have a right to attend the opposing party's meetings or to mention words on the “forbidden” list or you will get leave without pay. If they fire you, you could sue but leave without pay while you get a “medical assessment” by THEIR doctors... now that could take, well, years.
I don't know who managed to convince a bunch of zealots that they have to suffer, work their lower posteriors off and give all their money to the Representatives of God to hold for Jesus so they can die and get their reward, but either they are a special kind of stupid or it is one heck of a sales job. This is what these laws are. They are designed to take every penny away from everyone to redirect it to these “Representatives of God” who just happen to be the heads of banks, corporations and are solely owned by the 1%, to hold for Jesus. Yes, it is insane, but they have the majority due mostly to gerrymandering and probably due to some rigged voting machines and they are going to bring their mandate to YOUR Red State and the Federal Government (part of it is already in place by transferring Taxes from Blue States to Red States) because the rich ALWAYS get richer and the poor have to get poorer in that equation. You have a fixed amount of money. If it goes into the Church's pocket, it has to come out of Your pocket.
Let me explain this tax thing. The federal tax money that is taken from the Blue states and given to the Red states in the form of welfare, infrastructure repairs, food stamps and Medicaid actually stays in these states because it spent on medical care, food and housing. BUT only big companies and big box stores have the capability to set up to take the State Assistance debit cards because first you have to have a merchant account and that takes at least a thousand dollars in set up after you pay for both the terminal and the programming. Not only that but you have to be set up to take Debit Cards, not just credit cards. Not only that but to even bid on the state contracts for construction, you have to meet a minimum financial requirement which is so far above a small business is it residing the outer reaches of the solar system and if you manage the front money, you won't be paid for at least 90 days but you have to pay your workers and suppliers immediately. Only the rich need apply for these contracts. So the tax money from the Blue State goes directly to the 1% Corporations in the Red States in not an endless cycle because it doesn't return but in an out of control leaking hose. When is the last time one of these giant corporations or the 1% paid taxes? A very few people in the Red states are getting more rich off the Blue states that are trying to provide for their people and facing higher and higher taxes with less and less return for their dollar.
When I say run, have you considered another country? Spanish is easy to learn and I'm thinking about Venezuela, Ecuador or Chile. Odd I should have begun my life in the dirty world of politics, the 1% and the ugly vice/sex trade business in Latin America fighting for the poor and may end my life there with them taking care of me having learned and created a better world for their people while the people who helped create that world for them from this country are now going to live in third world slavery to the Christian Corporations we had tossed out of Latin America 50 some years ago who are now doing the same thing to our country. Everything really does come full circle, doesn't it? Excuse me, I think I'll throw up now.