Recently, Delta Airlines said that it would charge NRA members the same prices as other customers, surely the greatest attack on free speech since Amy Wax’s colleagues refused to
engage in reasoned critique stipulate that she was 100% right about everything. Georgia’s legislature, showing a true dedication to free speech, is using the power of the purse to retaliate:
The Georgia Senate on Monday moved to strip a generous tax benefit from Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines after the carrier cut ties with the National Rifle Association over the weekend.
Republicans who control the state Senate voted to remove a $50 million jet fuel tax sale exemption out of a larger tax package that has already passed the state legislature, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The move came after Delta faced criticism from conservatives statewide, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican who is running for governor.
“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Cagle tweeted Monday. “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
This tax break seems like highly suboptimal policy! Nonetheless, using the power of the purse to explicitly punish speech seems rather more problematic than, say, criticizing the New York Times for publish a puff piece about a neo-Nazi or a campus activist arguing that their school shouldn’t give a paid forum for war criminals.
As for the assumption that to “attack” the NRA is to attack “conservatives”…well, they said it, I didn’t.