Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Money Talks

Ah, the Failed State of Arizona, where everyone and everything is drenched in the stench of failure. With the lone exception of Maricopa's own Bristol Palin snagging the bronze in Dancing With The Stars, the state doesn't seem to be able to do anything right. They accuse the Federal government of failing to enforce Federal immigration laws while simultaneously proposing legislation that would allow the state to ignore any laws they don't feel like enforcing. They pass the nation's toughest anti-Mexican law, which costs the state much-needed Federal dollars while doing nothing to stop the "Hispanification" of its population. President Obama yields to the state's temper tantrum and sends National Guard troops to patrol the border, but when he announces that the deployment will end in June (as scheduled), the Governess pitches another fit, while Republicans in Congress - true to their Big Government, tax-and-spend beliefs - threaten to hold their breath until more taxpayer resources are directed at the FSoAZ. The Federal government already fought a war to get Arizona in the first place. It's easy to imagine there's some buyer's remorse up on Capitol Hill these days.

And through it all, opponents of the anti-Mexican law have called for a boycott of all things Arizonan - a boycott Burro Hall has scrupulously upheld, after making exceptions for Fender and, obviously, Taser. The boycott elicited mostly derision from the right, while the state legislature decided to double-down on the craziness and defiantly proposed a passel of laws designed to make SB1070 look like it was written by the National Council of La Raza. And the measures - five laws in all - failed! Why? Because the boycott succeeded. Or at least it did if you believe the dirty hippies at some left-wing outfit called the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

[T]he Chamber, like many other business organizations, was neutral on SB 1070 last year, believing that the bill mostly dealt with law enforcement issues and did not directly affect the workplace.

But as we watched the unintended consequences unfold, we saw that Arizona businesses were taking a direct hit to their bottom line in the midst of a deep recession. Conventions were canceled, companies lost contracts, boycotts were carried out and the state’s image took a hit. There was an economic price to pay for Arizona going it alone.

I talk to business leaders every day. They are genuinely worried about what another spate of bad publicity could mean for their business and their employees.

Over 20 chambers of commerce from across the state have signed a letter urging the Legislature to turn back legislation that would redefine the concept of citizenship.

Sixty CEOs and corporate executives signed a letter[*] calling on the Legislature not to pass additional state-level immigration legislation and instead direct its energy to pressing Congress for meaningful immigration reform.

*[We note that Fender and Taser are not among the signatories - a testament to the awesome ability of Burro Hall to move markets.]

Martin Luther King, Jr, really loved a good, effective boycott, which is probably why Arizona was one of the last states to approve (despite the threat of boycott) making his birthday a holiday.

In honor of the Failed State of Arizona's slight left turn towards sanity, we considered upgrading its status to the Failing State of Arizona. But then we saw that the Baja Arizona movement has managed to get its website up and running, which raises questions about Governess Brewer's ability to control the separatist elements within her own borders. So, for now "Failed State of Arizona" it is.


Anonymous said...

I heard Mexico is sending it's own Marines to protect the Border.



Border Patrol agents recently arrested 13 illegal immigrants disguised as U.S. Marines

Burro Hall said...

A lot of people like to dress up and play soldier in that area.

http://imustbecrazytoliveinmexico.blogspot.com/ said...

Dear Anonymous,
I've been seeing Mexican Marines (not Army) on a daily basis for months now. Or at least they pass for Mexican Marines. Just like the men in uniform with badges, police cars, and walkie talkies running a checkpoint looked like the police in my old neighborhood in Reynosa.