Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh brother..

As you may or may not know, recently the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott the state of Arizona over their recently enacted hard-nosed legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Without immersing myself in the issue itself, what I thought was funny was the response that came from Gary Pierce of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Here's an excerpt from the letter sent to Mayor Villaraigosa:

"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," he wrote in the letter. "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."

As might be expected, the hypocrites in the city backpedaled, stating that the Department of Water and Power is a part owner of both Arizona plants that supply electricity to Los Angeles. Nothing in the city's resolution is inconsistent with their continuing to receive power from the plants in Arizona, according to an official.

Yeah, right. If they (the L.A. City Council) were really steadfast in their resolution, they would act to divest yourself of these assets in the reprehensible state of Arizona, and in the meantime refuse to take power from them as a matter of principle.

But then when have the weasels in the government of the city ever shown they have any principles? Like how they were caught by the news media wasting water (especially the mayor himself) during a time when there was supposed to be a severe curtailment in the usage of water by everyone? Well, I guess that just applied to ordinary citizens, not the ones who were above the law.

And now they do a selective boycott of Arizona - refusing to purchase or use anything that isn't really necessary or doesn't cause too much disruption to the city or themselves. Brave and honorable people, these are. But you already knew that, right?

Well, they are good about resolutions they make to themselves about redecorating their offices or going on vacations at taxpayer expense. Don't get in their way.

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