Rep. Earl Ehrhart and Sen. John Wiles say they intend to introduce a bill in January 2007 that would prevent the state from doing business with companies who’s policies prohibit discrimination.
In essence what these legislators are saying is that they want big government in the boardrooms of our corporations telling them what decisions they ought to be making regarding their business policies and their charitable giving. I thought that Republicans stood for getting government out of the way? I guess not.
This is just another situation that demonstrates Georgia Republicans addiction to big government. We already knew that Georgia Republicans want big government in your bedrooms, in your familiy life, and in your schools. However, their addiction to using big government to further their social goals has led them to want to be in our corporate boardrooms as well.
Georgia Republicans apparently do not trust our businesses to make their own decisions. They need the help of big government to guide them in the right direction.
Well, this is creating a hostile business environment in Georgia. Businesses do not want to be told what to do by an all knowing big government.
Can’t the Valdosta Boy Scouts come up with the money they need to operate without punishing one of the largest corporations in Georgia? And don’t these legislators realize that only the government can restrict the “freedom to associate” rights of citizens, not a priavate corporation?
They’ve actually got it backwards. By passing this law, the government would be restricting Bank of America’s right to not associate with organizations that engage in discrimination. A private bank can’t restrict anyone’s freedom to associate, but the government can restrict a private bank’s rights. And a private bank may decide who they want to give their charitable money to without government interference.
And you’d better watch out for the precedent this might set. Before you know it, a conservative business might be forced to give to liberal causes.
Atlanta Voic.Us has a post about Ehrhart’s propensity to legislate based on his own personal issues.