Spend to Punish
Since this city council wants to use economics to punish Arizona, my wife and I have decided to draw an economic line in the sand. We’ve decided to boycott organizations in Providence that we have frequented for years, including the Barker Playhouse, the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Providence Place mall, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and several restaurants.
We urge others who agree with us to do the same.
The first consideration ought to be the state of the economy, and anything that hinders that is inadvisable. More deeply, though, an economic boycott in response to the foolishness of city officials seems to punish the wrong people; those who are actually out there being productive are probably not the decisive factor in electing such goons. Of course, one must adjust for the left-leaning inclinations of the specific industries, mainly in arts and entertainment, that Fabrizio lists. Increasing economic pain and government dependency would conceivably have an opposite effect to that desired, when it comes to electoral politics.
So, don’t boycott. Spend more, but in targeted fashion in order to encourage business and maybe to put money into the hands of folks who’ll support a change of government in the city.