In comments here, ALPF asked:
What's your take on this one...Kyle speculated:
If so many Americans (six times the normal amount) were interested in moving here after the election, why do think so few have actually taken the big step?
I can't believe it's because they are afraid of the cold! It must be because they realized it's just not as easy as they expected it to be.
That's exactly it. Except for those fresh out of school, you tend to stick down roots where you live. It's hard enough to move to another city in a different state/province, let alone another country.And also said:
That's something the wackos that call Laura a coward don't seem to understand. To actually pack up and move to Canada is an act of bravery, not cowardice.Besides thanking Kyle and ALPF for their vote of confidence in me and Allan, I'll throw in my two cents.
I definitely agree that most people are put off by how much work is required to emigrate, and by how much it costs. Most Americans mistakenly believe - as we did, once upon a time - that they can move to Toronto or Vancouver the same way they can move to San Francisco or New York. When they find out what's involved, few are motivated enough to go through the process.
In my opinion, if you were going to be happy enough with the US had John Kerry been elected, your motivation is probably insufficient to leave the country. If it was only about the 2004 election, for the most part, you'll ride out the storm. As I am forever reminding nasty commenters, we were leaving no matter who was elected in 2004. Our problems with the US are greater than George Bush and the Republicans.
Also, those fresh out of school, as Kyle notes, might have lives flexible enough to uproot and begin anew, but most wouldn't be eligible. They wouldn't have the required work experience, stable life history, or money in the bank.
That's my take.
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