Personal profit trumps national security and rule of law
In an above-the-fold article titled, Business elite fight hiring law, today’s Arizona Republic lauds the affluent notables mounting a “counterattack” against the employer sanctions law, which was signed by the governor July 2, 2007. Claiming implementation would “devastate” the economy, the mega-wealthy business owners have joined forces in the formation of a coalition, “Wake Up Arizona!”
Marion “Mac” Magruder, statewide McDonald’s franchiser
Jim Click, Tucson auto dealer
Jerry Colangelo, former CEO of the Phoenix Suns
Steve Hilton, Meritage Homes CEO
Daniel Hendon, Danny’s Family Car Washes
This deplorable contingent, soon to be joined by the left-of-center Arizona Chamber of Commerce, has announced plans to target Republican state lawmakers who were instrumental in guiding the tough new employer sanctions law to passage. The group has announced plans to form a political action committee (PAC) with the aim of unseating Rep. Russell Pearce (R – Dist.18) and House Speaker Jim Weiers (R Dist. 10), along with other patriotic Republicans, in the upcoming election cycle.
Don Goldwater, former gubernatorial candidate, now leading the Legal Arizona Worker’s Act, responded to the scheme. “The voter, I think, knows exactly what’s going on with businesses who are trying scare tactics,” he said. Goldwater pointed to the safeguards legitimate businesses have in using a federal database to confirm the legality of new hires. The operative word is “knowingly,” as in knowingly hiring those in this country illegally.
Before affixing their signatures to the Declaration of Independence, the Founders included this memorable line:
–And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Those brave and patriotic men must be rolling in their graves at the thought that personal profiteering trumps national interests with these business “leaders.”