ARGUMENTS THE GOP NO LONGER HAVE PT 3: BEING PRO-BUSINESS
Being pro-business is a major argument for the Republicans, from 2008-2012, they heavily used this argument to get on the side of businesses and of course to win votes. Also, from 2008-2012, Republicans passed “religious liberty” bills and anti-discrimination bills which turns away businesses, example when Mike Pence was Governor of Indiana he passed an anti-LGBTQ bill that cost the state the Superbowl and Angie’s List from moving jobs into the state. However, during Crossover day at the Georgia State Capitol, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle threatened to end the $50 million tax break on jet fuel for Delta. As you may know, Delta announced they will end their discount program for NRA members, the organization responsible for the epidemic gun violence that has plagued America and continues to get worse. Sidebar: the tantrum thrown over a $5 discount is a clear example of Republicans cutting their nose off to spite their face, the threat made by Casey Cagle can potentially cost Georgia to lose thousands of jobs and has hurt the state chances of getting the 50,000 jobs from Amazon. Many states like Georgia and Republican politicians have passed “religious liberty” bills and discrimination bills against groups of people who are not pro-business. The Georgia state Senate passed the bill taken away the $50 million tax break on jet fuel from Delta-the Republicans no longer have the pro-business argument.
“Sidebar: the tantrum thrown over a $5 discount is a clear example of Republicans cutting their nose off to spite their face, the threat made by Casey Cagle can potentially cost Georgia to lose thousands of jobs and has hurt our chances of getting the 50,000 jobs from Amazon.”
Tax breaks are what attracts businesses to cities, it’s a reason Jeff Bezos has this competition between cities who will offer the best deal for him to move his Amazon headquarters. The political climate is a major determination for businesses to decide if they will move their companies to a city, and politicians like Casey Cagle who unilaterally passed the legislation taken away the $50 million-dollar tax on jet fuel from Delta reduces the opportunities for states to attract more businesses. It’s not only the brashness of Republicans like Casey Cagle, the entire Republican party from national to state and local level who are for passing “religious liberty” bills and anti-discrimination bills are not pro-business. To be pro-business, Republicans must understand that passing laws discriminating against groups of people is not business friendly.
“To be pro-business, Republicans must understand that passing law discriminating against groups of people is not business friendly, and many businesses decision-making on where to move their businesses too is based on the politics of that state and the perks the state legislature is willing to give.”
Republicans are using an antiquated tactic of rallying their base, who will be the losers in the end because of their ideology. Passing “religious liberty” bills and anti-discrimination bills are nothing more than a way for the Republicans to use emotion to get support for these terrible bills. However, what they are doing is losing jobs which will damage the economic system of their state. Sidebar: The Republicans no longer have the pro-business argument when they pass laws that turn businesses away from their state which costs jobs that the people want. No longer do the Republicans have the pro-business argument when the only jobs they bring in are low-wage retail and service jobs. Sidebar: The Republicans constantly argue the Democrats make everything political, however, what Casey Cagle made an issue of corporate social responsibility political. Nevertheless, the pro-business argument is a dead argument for the Republicans because they have shown they are not business friendly.
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