Az boycott would hurt Cal

Just when you thought state politicians couldn’t harm California any more, they’ve come up with a scheme to boycott Arizona businesses and governments that do business in California. But one of the reasons America is so prosperous is because we enjoy a vast free-trade zone of 307 million people.

The federal government manages trade among the states and, despite its many idiocies, pretty much has allowed free trade to flourish. Its operations, good and bad, affect everybody the same way. It’s one of the few areas of the Constitution the feds still follow. If a state has a gripe, it doesn’t take revenge itself, but takes its gripe to the feds.

In pushing for a boycott of Arizona:

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, proposed this week breaking existing contracts and allowing no new ones between California and any businesses or government entities in Arizona until leaders there repeal the recently passed anti-illegal-immigration law….

He also said he would not “do anything that would hurt the California economy,” though he would not say that any business with California ties would be exempted.

But his whole career has been to hurt the California economy: wild spending, wild debting, wild taxing. He bears a large responsibility for the departure of businesses and jobs from this state, and the high unemployment rate of 12.6 percent — almost 3 points higher than the 9.7 percent U.S. unemployment rate.

“We need to look at our economic relationships with Arizona and where we believe we can influence in any legitimate way a repeal of this law,” Steinberg said, adding, “if there is some impact on California, we will have to balance that.”

How is he possibly going to “balance that”? Invade Arizona and loot its treasury?

If this law passes and the governor signs it, it will be just another signal to the world that California is an insane state that doesn’t keep its contracts, and will retaliate if it doesn’t like your policies. So: Stay clear. And don’t come here and start a business because the crazy state government will just make your life miserable.

And get this. The Sacramento Bee article quoted above goes on:

The largest single contractor on the initial state list of Arizona companies is Lenovo Direct, a Chinese computer company with U.S. headquarters in Morrisville, N.C. In the past year, California had almost $3.4 million in contracts with the company, which used a Tempe address, according to state records.

I don’t favor any boycotts. But if there is to be one, wouldn’t it make more sense to boycott China itself, because, although it’s now capitalist economically, it continues to perpetrate many human rights abuses, such as the ongoing occupation and destruction if Tibet?

Berlin Wall_-_You_are_leavingSteinberg and the rest of the State Capitol Gang are so nutty that it wouldn’t surprise me if they built a wall across the Arizona border, preventing anybody from coming in or out.

They could put a bond to pay for it on the November ballot, calling it “The Jobs Creation Act of 2010” because thousands would be employed constructing it. They even could hire some of the old engineers from the construction of the Berlin Wall to make sure it’s done right. And they could hire some retired Stasi officers to advise the state on how to make sure no Californians cross the border into Arizona without the right papers.

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  1. Montana
    Montana 2 May, 2010, 15:38

    I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

    You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them and you will fail in a court of law (and yes we will boycott you). Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

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