Clap on. Clap off. Nothing.
The City of Los Angeles has threatened an economic boycott of Arizona in protest of its new immigration law. That would be the one requiring police officers to hunt down swarthy looking individuals to make certain they are properly stamped. Did Los Angelinos really think they could strong arm Arizonians? Hah!
Via NBC de LA :
An Arizona utility commissioner said he’s willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.
In a letter to the city of LA, a member of Arizona’s power commission said he would ask Arizona utility companies to cut off the power supply to Los Angeles. LA gets about 25 percent of its power from Arizona.
And it’s a carta excelente tambien.
If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation.
I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.
Electrons off your hands. Heh. Clearly, this guy knows his electric. Of course, if LA doesn’t want to send its business to Arizona, it shouldn’t have to. And if Arizona doesn’t want to send its electrons to LA, it shouldn’t have to. And if they set up police roadblocks at the borders with well armed militia-types, and they don’t want any limousines with California plates coming in, well, there’s a right for that too.
For quite a while, the federalization of America has left us to think that states were a quaint anachronism, pretty much flags and television commercials for tourism dollars, but otherwise largely the same as part of the greater American whole. After all, we’re American, and kids in uniforms are dying for the American way of life even as I type. Nobody is out there claiming that we’re fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq for the Arizona way of life, or the California way.
As policy differences between states become manifest in ways we haven’t seen in generations, it raises some interesting questions and brings back reminders of the days when our nation was sufficiently at odds with itself to divide. It’s hard to imagine war breaking out between LA and Arizona, but then Governor Jan Brewer, having redefined reasonable suspicion and banned ethnic studies in public schools to prevent an outbreak of knowledge, is a fierce defender of our American way of life.
The biggest question is whether anybody would really care if Arizona, Texas and Florida decided to go it on their own. Imagine the savings in medicare and welfare alone. Seriously, how many people from LA go to Arizona anyway?
H/T Turley (to whom I’m far too kind)