The Lt. Governor of Georgia recently decided to attack the number one employer in the State of Georgia because they decided to stop giving discounts to members of the National Rifle Association.
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 26, 2018
This attitude is wrong on so many levels. Aside from the idea that a state government official thinks he can dictate to a private company how it decides to conduct its business, especially when they are doing nothing illegal, immoral, or fattening, there are questions if this infringes on Delta’s 1st Amendment rights. He also doesn’t seem to understand the difference between what “conservatives” can do versus what government can do.
As individuals, conservatives certainly have the right not to fly Delta Airlines if they choose. But Cagle has conflated conservatives with the government. The Georgia state government is not “conservatives” but all the people of Georgia, many of whom are moderates and liberals. The government does not have the right to “fight back.”
At the other end of the spectrum, Federal Express has come under fire for NOT ending its relationship with the NRA, yet no government official has threated to “fight back” against their decision. This is not an area where government should even be remotely involved. On issues such as this, the people speak through their wallets, not their ballots.
However, Casey Cagle decided to exceed his authority and attack one of Georgia’s premier companies at the same time he is running for the GOP nomination for Governor is an already crowded field. Coincidence? Probably not. But instead of helping the people of Georgia he is doing them possibly irreparable harm. At least two states (New York and Alabama) are now actively wooing Delta to re-locate their headquarters to their respective states. If that should happen then thousands of jobs in Georgia would be lost.
Georgia has also been one of the frontrunners for the new headquarters for Amazon. This would also have brought a number of new jobs to Georgia, but it is now highly doubtful they would locate to a state that uses its power to offer or withdraw tax incentives based on the political whims of the highest members of state government.
Cagle is also misreading the current political scene in Georgia, a state that Trump carried by a bare 50.4% of the vote. The Hill reported a recent poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution which shows that now only 36.7% of Georgians approve of the job that Trump is doing. Cagle might win over some of the Bubba/pickup truck votes by his recent stunt, but he is vastly underestimating the intelligence of the rest of the state.
Mr. Cagle, you are an embarrassment to the people of Georgia and a disgrace to the high office that you hold.