Money does more than talk, it walks

By Tom Quiner

Money Walks

Neil Diamond was wrong.

His 1979 hit song, “Forever in Blue Jeans,” famously begins:

Money talks

But it don’t sing and dance

And it don’t walk.

Sorry, Neil, money does walk if taxes go up too much.

Legislators always want more of our money. They think that raising taxes doesn’t affect behavior. John Stossel’s chart above shows they are wrong.

Money migrates to states that let their citizens keep more of it. Mr. Stossel’s chart simply quantifies human nature.

If states want to be more fiscally responsible, suggests this chart, let people keep more of their own money. Even more money will follow.


  1. Tom Maly on May 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Gadzooks, Tom!!! Is that a red “IA” i see in the middle of this map!?!? ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH
    It appears that my brother in law in Indiana had it right to make his residence of record Florida! He went there every Winter anyway!

    • quinersdiner on May 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Sing it with me Tommy boy: “Money talks, but it don’t sing and a dance and it don’t walk …!” What do you think, should we head over to South Dakota?