Stand-up comedian and MMA announcer Joe Rogan said on his podcast Thursday that he is considering moving to Texas to escape the California coronavirus shutdowns that don’t seem ready to end any time soon, The Hill reported.
“I don’t know if [California] is a good place to live,” Rogan said, according to Mediaite. “First of all, it’s extremely expensive — the taxes are ridiculous. They really say we can’t do stand-up until 2022 or something, I might jet. I’m not kidding. I don’t need to be here.
“I like Austin a lot, I like Dallas a lot, I like Houston. I don’t know if I would live in Houston,” Rogan added, noting that summers are extremely hot and humid there.
“Texas is open”
According to Mediaite, Rogan’s comments came to the attention of Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R), who tweeted his approval for Rogan’s move, if it does come to pass.
The Texas Republican wrote:
Texas is gonna be even more awesome, if that was even possible. Joe Rogan, Elon Musk…anyone else? Texas is open for business for freedom loving Americans. https://t.co/WHRsCZL5K3
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 14, 2020
As Crenshaw noted, billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk has also threatened to move from California to Texas because of the shutdowns, and to move his Tesla factories along with his residence, Mediaite reports.
In fact, over 1 million Californians have moved out of the state over the last several years to escape high taxation and regulations, according to the Los Angeles Times. Unfortunately, many have moved their liberal politics with them, making elections in Texas less of a sure thing for Republicans than they used to be.
Though most hospitals in the U.S. are not in danger of being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, some Democrat governors — including in California — are continuing shutdowns and claiming that it’s for people’s safety and health.
After eight or nine weeks of being under stay-at-home orders, however, people are increasingly unwilling to stay shut down. Only about half of small business owners who applied for help under the Paycheck Protection Program have received it, The Hill notes, and many of the rest are growing increasingly worried that they will lose everything if they aren’t able to reopen very soon.
Those who want to reopen are beginning to use other tactics to get what they want from Democrat-governed states. Wisconsin used the courts, and several Pennsylvania county governments have said they are moving forward with reopening in defiance of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s draconian restrictions, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Democrats have realized that President Donald Trump will be hurt if the economy doesn’t recover quickly — or at least, that’s what they think. But will the American people will see through their tactics? We’ll know come November.