A robust economy depends on both jobs & employees. All your arguments were about jobs - and to be fair, that's been the part of the equation everyone focused on for as long as you & I have been alive because there were more qualified workers than there were jobs. All the talk was about bringing the unemployment rate down. In the very near future, there will be more jobs than qualified workers, and the balance of power will shift pretty dramatically. Qualified workers will have multiple jobs from which to choose, and many of them will be less or non location-dependent. In short, the workers of the future will get to choose where they live. And no offense to Ohio (I lived in Columbus for 2 years), it probably won't be Ohio. Read "When the Boomers Bail - How Demographics will Sort Communities into Winners and Losers" by Mark Lautman if you're interested in learning more.