Mr. Galloway’s piece argues that the state suffers if it imposes its worldview on its corporate citizens. Perhaps. The reverse is certainly true when we allow those corporate citizens to push lawmakers into decisions that change the culture that created the kind of place the companies chose to come to in the first place. Punishing law-abiding NRA members for the actions of a maniac and inactions of an alphabet soup of law enforcement agencies was gratuitous virtue signaling. It was an insult to many of the taxpayers who have to shoulder the burden of any government largesse to Delta.
The aforementioned examples of New York, California and Illinois may excel at virtue signaling, but the high-tax, high debt, cratering quality of life consequences of their virtuous governance have fueled an exodus of population and business to conservative states like Georgia and Texas.
How would a New York-style large soft drink ban go over in the land of Coca-Cola and sweet tea? Calls for higher taxes and increased spending, which are occasionally championed by our business community, have the potential to remake Georgia into a place people may wish to relocate from rather than to.
No state is perfect, Georgia faces plenty of challenges. We do, however, work hard to keep this a place that is businesses friendly. A grasp of the big picture and the benefits of conservative government is in order by our corporate partners before they attack the constituencies that make this the best place in the country to do business.
Rick Jeffares is a former state senator and current candidate for Lt. Governor. He lives in Henry County.