Thursday, August 04, 2005

More Bad News from Reuters - No Canada Rush

Unfortunately the predicted post-election reverse brain-drain to Canada apparently didn't come to fruition after all. According to Reuters,
Canadians can put away those extra welcome mats -- it seems Americans unhappy about the result of last November's presidential election have decided to stay at home after all.
Well, once again, so much for the big pre-election talk from Democrats. Just like the celebrities they love, they backed off their promises once the election went Bush's way.
Data from the main Canadian processing center in Buffalo, NY shows that in the six months up to the U.S. election there were 16,266 applications from people seeking to live in Canada, a figure that fell to 14,666 for the half year after the vote.
Maybe they never really meant what they were saying, or maybe they've changed their minds about Bush now. Whatever the reason, it might help more in the elections if they promised to stay if a Republican is elected. Get Johnny Depp out there saying he'll move back if a Republican is elected, and the threats might actually net Democrat candidates some votes.

It just takes a little understanding of incentives on behavior.

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