The big business flight from California continues

Some major changes are taking place out west that are a cause for concern.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Oracle Corp. has become the latest major company to leave the blue state of California for the red state of Texas. 

The announcement

Oracle Corp. is a $39 billion-a-year technology company that has been stationed in California’s Silicon Valley. On December 11th, the company made a regulatory filing in which it disclosed that it was moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas.

“Oracle is implementing a more flexible employee work location policy and has changed its corporate headquarters from Redwood City, California to Austin, Texas,” the filing reads. “We believe these moves best position Oracle for growth and provide our personnel with more flexibility about where and how they work.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) celebrated the move on Twitter, writing: “BREAKING: Oracle just announced they have moved their headquarters to Austin. Texas is truly the land of business, jobs, and opportunity. We will continue to attract the very best.”

Maybe, from an economic standpoint, Oracle will be good for Texas. But, the question is at what cost?

A worrying trend

Oracle now joins at least two other major companies that have left California for Texas.

In early December, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company was moving to Austin, Texas, citing California’s overbearing coronavirus restrictions. And, around the same time, HP Enterprise announced that it was moving from California to Houston, Texas.

The Chicago Tribute notes that “Tech giants Google and Apple have also been expanding their presence in Austin over the last several years.”

The problem, here, as Breitbart’s John Nolte points out in a recent article, is that these companies tend to bring left-wing activists with them. And, the worry is that they can turn Texas and its massive 38 Electoral College votes blue.

If that happens, Republicans are pretty much done. As Nolte puts it, “If Texas turns blue, Democrats will hardly have to campaign to win the White House.”

With this in mind, it might be time to entertain the possibility that the move by major companies to big cities in a Republican state like Texas is part of an effort to flip the state in future political races. An added benefit, of course, is that they can do so while likely making larger profits than in the heavily regulated state of California. This is certainly a trend to keep an eye on.

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