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Expatriate - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Sorry for not being clear. I'm not saying that i know that it's something passed along genetically. I have no idea. I'm just responding to the hypothetical question and saying that both evolution and genetic homosexuality can be true at the same time. While I believe you are correct (they haven't found the gay genetics), studies suggest that there is a genetic component.
Expatriate - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Sure, that's always a valid point. But once you start picking winners and losers by only issuing licenses and status to one group, what's the compelling state interest in excluding the other?
CoolEdge - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Prostitution, murder, gambling, age of consent ... which of those are not morality laws? Ima thinkin ... all laws are based in morality. Freedoms exist within a social, then religious, then legal (the order may be wrong, and the level of powers that enforce them) ... code of ethics and morality.
CoolEdge - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Thousands of years of history, with rules developed to make a society function better ... but you have it figured out they were wrong. "zero bearing on my life as I'm neither gay nor a polygamist." yeah right ... giving entitlements to any "marriages" you don't perceive as influencing your life should be allowed. You know the original colonies demanded their residents attend church…
WarCry - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Morality cannot be legislated. Period. When you start making morality laws, then freedom doesn't exist any more. While some might laugh at using the example, look at the movie DEMOLITION MAN. One of the running gags in that movie is when someone says a "bad word", Big-Brother-Is-Always-Listening computer buzzes and issues a fine for a "violation of the verbal moralities code". If that's…

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11 months, 4 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Since 1996, more than 34,000 people have jumped the border to Missouri alone

More than 850,000 people have moved out of Illinois since 1995, which comes out to a rate of 1 resident leaving every 10 minutes, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Illinois Policy Institute.

This figure is calculated after counting all people who have moved into Illinois. In this new report, brand new data from the IRS and U.S. Census Bureau shows the dramatic effect of years of high taxes and powerful government unions; for more than a decade, Illinois has lost hundreds of thousands of residents to almost every other state in the nation.

“Illinois is bleeding residents to other states at a rate of 1 person every 10 minutes, and that’s after you take into consideration all the people who have moved into the state,” said Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at the Illinois Policy Institute. "We can't ignore that high taxes play a major role in encouraging people to jump the border. The latest Census Bureau data, for example, shows the pace at which people leave Illinois accelerating since the 2011 state tax increase. If Illinois wants to stop the bleeding, it must abandon its tax-and-spend policies and look at pro-growth reforms being implemented in other states.”

The report, "Policy lessons from Illinois' exodus of people and money," analyzed new IRS and U.S. Census Bureau data from 1995 to 2010 to measure how Illinois' population has changed over time and what states and influences are impacting migration trends.

The data showed that since 1995, Illinois has had a net out-migration of more than 850,000 people. These people took with them $35 billion in taxable income. More than 34,000 have moved from Illinois to Missouri alone. While conventional wisdom might suggest people prefer to warmer climates, the data showed otherwise. The data showed Illinoisans moving in droves to border states, including states with lower tax burdens, and lower union participation and influence over government. States with no income tax, such as Florida and Texas, were the biggest winners of Illinois residents.

Highlights from the report:

Since 1995, four people have moved out of the Illinois for every three that enter the state.

In 2010 alone, Illinois lost 2,308 people and $54 million in taxable income to Missouri.

Since the 2011 state income tax increase, out-migration from Illinois has accelerated. In 2010, a net of 60,000 people left Illinois; but in 2011 and every year since, that number has remained at an elevated 70,000 annually.

"Illinoisans have been fleeing to Missouri for decades. In 2010 alone, Illinois lost a net total of 2,308 people and $54.3 million in income to its neighbor," Lucci added. "Missouri will continue to draw people across the border with its lower cost of living and its recent half a percent cut in its top income tax rate. Illinois will continue to lose residents as they leave to find better opportunity in Missouri."

The Institute's report examining Illinois to Missouri migration trends is available online here: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Missouri.pdf

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