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  •  amazing thing to me is that these are the same (6+ / 0-)
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    annieli, AJayne, JeffW, Gooserock, koosah, GAS

    folks who in AZ and other states, managed to crash their economies with various anti-immigrant legislation, leading to crops rotting in the field and certain other jobs going begging in times of high unemployment.  It seems that simple business sense would dictate that the larger the population, the larger the customer base and more potential customers for all businesses.

    Any legislation which invites boycotts and invites people to leave their state, hurts business.  This has been proven over and over, particularly for states which rely on tourism for a significant amount of their income.   Common sense is not as common as it should be, as my grandfather used to say

    •  Ownership, Allies Like Theocracy Are Not American (2+ / 0-)
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      nor Arizonian. The RW revolution has for half a century been liberating ownership & leadership from the welfare of their society.

      The common sense that's off base is ours; we cling to the antiquated idea that our pain is shared by ownership and leadership.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 08:57:53 AM PST

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      •   the antiquated idea that our pain is shared by (1+ / 0-)
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        ownership and leadership grows from a lack of perspective because we don't realize how ownership has changed in the last 50 years so that today, almost all ownership is vested in a very small, very elite oligarchy.

        I remember reading a diary here that even the bottom 50% of the top 1% don't have it so posh, making <$500K annually, and having as small a chance of cracking into the top 1% as the 99% has of entering the 1%.  I know it is hard to feel the pain of someone with $2M or $5M in assets or in the bank but the point was that the ruling class is slowly becoming smaller and smaller as people fail to recognize the old game of "Monopoly" is capitalism without government oversight and one inevitable end to each game.  They also don't recognize how government oversight has been deconstructed over the past 50 years  

    •  not to mention the expensive (2+ / 0-)
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      and ongoing lawsuits this will cost the state.  I continue to wonder why states enact lawsuits they know will be immediately challenged (and probably overturned)  in court - meanwhile crying they are too poor to insure their citizens get health care or quality schools.

      •  because it is the principle of the thing (1+ / 0-)
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        Also the taxpayers bear the cost and not the fanatics.  Change the laws regarding lawsuits where public officials can be personally responsible for such financial boondoggles and you may see a change in behavior.
        I saw this years ago when a group of parents were determined to insert the Bible into the local public school's mission statement and curriculum.  When I argued that subsequent lawsuits would deplete already meager education funds, they responded that it was the principle and not the money until I asked the county lawyer if these people could in some fashion be held personally liable for unnecessary court costs

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