Regarding the March 2 Digest item “Legislators drop tax break for Delta” [Politics & the Nation]:
The legislation passed in Georgia is likely unconstitutional. It is nothing more than the state of Georgia punishing Delta Air Lines, a private corporation, for making a business decision and cutting ties with the National Rifle Association — a decision that Republican leaders in Georgia do not agree with.
The government can’t punish people or businesses for their political views. They can be punished only by the free market, in the form of lost business.
Imagine a small-business owner putting up an NRA or Planned Parenthood sticker in their window, and the government deciding that, because of that sticker, that business would not receive the tax breaks it had received until then.
This legislation is repugnant. It implies that Delta’s favorable status until now in Georgia was based on the discounts it offered NRA members.
And if you needed the proverbial smoking gun that shows the impetus for passing this bill, look no further than the Twitter account of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) : “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
Samuel Morse, Baltimore