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Corruption: Georgia Lt. Gov. Blackmails Delta Air Over NRA Fare Discounts

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by Glenn R. Geist

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), who leads the Georgia State Senate, said after Delta Air Lines announced it would stop offering discounted fares to National Rifle Association members, is vowing to kill legislation that would hand the airline a lucrative tax break.

I’m not a lawyer and my memory is imperfect so please correct me if I’m wrong, but the God Damn Republicans raised holy hell not long ago at the idea the IRS was giving preferential tax treatment to Democrats. wants to use that same IRS to punish critics of the IRS.

How we treat this open assault on freedom is crucial. If we can punish a company, we can punish an individual for making a legitimate choice in whom we support. Offering to give or withhold tax favors based on the politics of the taxpayer is CORRUPTION and should be punished to the maximum extent of the law.

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5 Responses to Corruption: Georgia Lt. Gov. Blackmails Delta Air Over NRA Fare Discounts

  1. jess Reply

    March 1, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Would this not be unconstitutional on its face, with a government entity trying to get one over on a business that has different ideas than the government official does? NO, I am not being sarcastic or snarky I really am curious. I don’t have an in house attorney anymore, to answer my stupid con law questions, you guys are it 🙂

    • Dave Wren Reply

      March 1, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      There are laws that protect business from corrupt politicians such as Cagle, however, as I understand it he walked the line by saying “perhaps” the legislature should consider rescinding the tax breaks. Constitutionally, I would have to look it up, but one would think there would be something.

  2. Glenn Geist Reply

    February 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I would hope he has a hard time staying in office and out of jail. Using tax policy to demand one’s financial support of the NRA? Again, the second amendment is being sold as more important than and fundamental than liberty itself. I’m sure there’s plenty of precedent for the illegality of using government office to promote or obstruct a private business or an individual. We are guaranteed equal protection under the law and that we is individual and collective and not restricted to the likes and dislikes of other businesses. The NRA is a business and not a government agency – at least in theory.

    Lock him the hell up

  3. Bill Formby Reply

    February 28, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    The tax break the good governor is referring to is probably connected to and agreement that the state and city have with Delta to locate their hub there. I am pretty sure that those tax breaks are in writing somewhere or Delta needs new attorneys. If that is the case the Lt. Governor is going to have a tough just arbitrarily breaking that agreement.

    Oh, but by the way, since when has a little corruption ever stopped a Republican from doing anything. Have you noticed what is going on in Washington these days?

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