I love Arizona commissioner Gary Pierce’s response to L.A. boycott of his state because of S.B. 1070. He wants to turn off the power. Arizona supplies 25 percent of the electricity to Los Angeles, which voted to boycott Arizona in order to “send a message.” If Pierce has his way, the city council of L.A. will have a problem sending that message because they will fall back into roaming black outs that were so prevalent in the state several years ago. There email will only work sporadically.
The other obvious point to all this is that all L.A. can really do to boycott AZ will only mean that they will take their IOU’s elsewhere. Who really wants to trust a state that is near bankruptcy?
That is liberals for you. Big on making bold statements of convictions, little on understanding the consequences. Quick on condemning a state’s right to protect it’s people, slow on actually reading the bill.
I hope that Pierce and company do shut off the power to L.A. I bet you most of the people of L.A. let this liberals see how noodle-headed they are being in their bold proclamation and condemnation of a state that is simply trying to protect itself from the intrusion of criminals (yes, criminals. If they are here illegally, they are criminals. The definition if a criminal is one who breaks the law and commits a crime. It’s a crime to enter the U.S. illegally.)
The point is that the actions of liberals have consequences, many times, unintended. Here we see the L.A. entering into the true dark ages of foolishness.
As for Commissioner Pierce’s words, here they are:
Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,
I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).
You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.” (emphasis added)
I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.
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.
People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.
Commissioner Gary Pierce