PayPal won't tolerate N. Carolina's discrimination, scraps expansion plans
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On the one hand, I think this is a cool move from PayPal. On the other hand, it sucks that the workers & residents of NC are being punished because their representatives are a bunch of idiots.
Those representatives were elected. And some are doubling down. Choices have consequences.
Jim: Lose Cannon
Jim, the point is still valid. If I had to go to school in a conservative state (not hypothetical since North Carolina has a good plant breeding school), I wouldn't have voted for those guys but I'd be punished all the same (assuming I'd be working for or using a business that left the state). I know progressive Southerners. I think PayPal is doing the right thing by taking a stand but it doesn't mean it doesn't have collateral damage. I thought it was good that PayPal's statement acknowledged that.
*lives in NC* *progressive* I agree with PayPal's decision, but not Gregory Maguire's not to let his plays be performed here. BECAUSE all he's harming is people who LIKE his stuff and want to see / read / act in it. AND the governor Will Not Care because ... Gregory Maguire is one of "them" and therefore the governor doesn't want his business. So that is lose, lose.
PayPal, otoh, is a Big Economic Deal that the Governor himself recently touted. He's going to look like an ass because they are not coming. Hopefully he'll change his mind for this & all the other business response. He was elected because he said he is a person who gets along with both sides of the aisle AND is a businessman. Neither is evident here.
also, we are about as Purple a state as can be - at just about 50% dems & 50% repubs. But with all the f'ng gerrymandering in the state, we only have the POSSIBILITY of electing 3 dems out of 13. That's U.S. House, but the proportions are the same for the state leg. So ... well, ... um, there's nothing we progressives - or even moderates - can do.
I don't think PayPal is punishing anyone. It made a (correct, IMO) decision based on its business interests. It's the regressive elected representatives of NC who are punishing citizens. The collateral damage has been inflicted by them.
Jim: Lose Cannon
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