Open thread: Move over, New Jersey

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A small N&O story this week heralds North Carolina's arrival as the 10th most populous state in the union, bumping New Jersey from the top ten.

That may not surprise North Carolina suburbanites who sometimes feel as if they live close to the last stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. A humming state economy, cheaper homes and lower local taxes lure thousands of Jerseyites each year. They're part of a broader influx. Last year, North Carolina grew by 184,000 people, roughly the size of Winston-Salem.
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Population growth will help our bureaucrats get a bit more federal money for Medicare and other subsidies, but all those extra people require more schools and bring more cars to our traffic jams.

Of course, if you're a Puppet from the John Locke Foundation, all of this must be really confusing. Why on earth would anyone be coming here? The mean old Democrats have raised taxes so high that our quality of life is utterly miserable. And our business environment is so oppressive that .

Okay, so the Puppets got that wrong. Never fear, they'll soon be whining about evil bureaucrats who want to do horrible things like "zoning" and "planning" to handle the continuing pressure of our burgeoning population.

Puppets aside, it looks like the old North State is on the move.

Get used to it. By 2030, the Census Bureau expects North Carolina to pass Georgia, Michigan and Ohio with nearly 12.3 million people.

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LiberalNC's hot story on the Hayes Crusades

triggered more than 38,000 unique visitors last night. If you were having trouble logging in, that's the explanation. Aren't the Internets wonderful!

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38,000!

No wonder why i couldnt forward anyone the link to here then! That is great. Good look out LiberalNC, you've doen more damage to Hayes in 08 then he could possibly imange.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

this makes this site

even more impt. the faster we grow, the more important we are electorally.

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"Keep the Faith"

This is not such a good thing you realize

To be predicted to be at 12.3 million people in 20 years is hardly anything to celebrate. Sure the more the merrier, but have you heard of the ASCE's report card on NC's infrastructure earlier this year?

We got an overall C-, and warnings that by 25 years time, we will be experiencing New York City like living conditions except with no rail, mass transit, or well anything else up to speed.

This should be a wake up call to all citizens of NC. We are running out of time to save the state from economic, social, and communial disaster.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

But just think how great it would be

if the Party of Greed took over and fired all the planners and cut taxes so we'd fall even farther behind in infrastructure . . . oh goodie, that would be fun.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
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Loads of fun!

Why, I was just thinking the other day ...

"I can't wait 'til traffic is stop-&- roll from Clayton to RTP everyday!"

We only get that when there are accidents now. Can't wait.

... and that land in Estonia looks better every day.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Estonia

For $600,000 you can be Ambassador to Estonia.

Ha!!

Forgot about that!! :) Better start saving my pennies!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Having grown up in the Garden State

I can assure you that it's not as dire as any of you are predicting. Growth can be a good thing, as long as it is managed well. We are fortunate that we have a Democratic Majority in our Legislature. I hope we can hold on to the Governorship in 2008, and keep control of the those pesky zoning regs that so frighten our freemarket friends. What will save us will be forward thinking legislators who encourage progressive, green-minded businesses that will put NC not only in the top 10 in population, but in the top 10 in environmental preparedness and readiness.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi