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Localism and baseball

December 20, 2010

Localism for the wealthy: low taxes and short hours

One of my stranger afflictions is an interest in baseball; described by many British people as glorified rounders.

Baseball is a summer sport in the USA and therefore the winter months are spent speculating over where the best players will end up playing next year. This year the best of the bunch was a pitcher by the name of Cliff Lee. In cricketing terms he is Mitchell Johnson, left handed and very good. However, baseball is not cricket and Mr Lee was being offered a lot of money to play baseball for the next 5-7 years.

During the negotiations the press had no idea where he would sign but with column inches to fill started to speculate on all sorts of factors that might influence his decision. One rather interesting theory caught my attention. The theory was that Mr Lee would end up in Texas rather than signing with the New York Yankees due to the lower income tax rates in Texas.

I’m not much of an expert on American State government but given that Hilary Clinton was the Senator for New York and George W Bush the Governor of Texas it is fair to take a shot that Texas is a slightly more conservative place that believes in low taxes and limited Government and that New York prefers a slightly more extensive Government and higher taxes. It is also not a great jump to guess that the voters of these states have voted consistently for politicians who share their beliefs and that the stance of the respective governments of each State is directly reflective of the wishes of the electorate.

Now, that is localism!