Can we boycott the boycotters?

I know Los Angeles has threatened to boycott Arizona.  Aside from all sorts of Constitutional implications if a government entity in one state boycotts another state, I have a simple proposal:  Boycott Los Angeles.  Don’t visit it; don’t go to the movies; and don’t buy products on TV shows emanating from Los Angeles.  Let the marketplace decide.

Same thing for San Francisco.  Don’t visit this tourist destination.

In both cities, I think the business community would move very quickly against the local government if American outrage started damaging already damaged bottom lines.  (Both San Francisco and Los Angeles, cities that have been under Democratic governance for decades, are broke.)

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  1. CollegeCon says

    ” I think the business community would move very quickly against the local government if American outrage started damaging already damaged bottom lines.”
     
    There’s one problem with this.  You’re assuming that they actually have a significant business community.

  2. jj says

    I kind of enjoyed Arizona’s pointing out to LA that they get to flip a switch and turn on a light only because Arizona sends power to the city.  How’s the candle supply looking, Arnie?
     
    My contribution is small, but I’m easily entertained.  Because part of my income comes from LA every year, California occasionally (about every other year) gets it into its little head that all my brain cells have died, and I have become a CA resident.  It costs me little beyond a few minutes to prove otherwise – the legal proofs of residency elsewhere are fairly straightforward and simple.  But, as a cranky old bastard I have to admit that in recent years the general witlessness of the exercise has piqued me.  My solution to this fit of pique is to not simply provide them with the proof they need right out front, but make them have to write me thirty or forty times over four or five months.  (I haven’t managed to push any given year’s inquiries all the way into the next year yet – but I’ve come close!)  I also write back (a lot less, only two or three times) with stupid and mostly irrelevant questions that nonetheless require the time and attention of someone in LA County’s and the state’s revenue departments to address.  It costs me a few minutes and some postage to do this.  It costs them thousands.
     
    I’m nice about it, though.  When we get to the point where I estimate that they’ve spent about $5,000 or thereabouts in accountant and civil servant time, I bring it to a close.  I am not needlessly cruel.

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