I have recently received e-mails from two South Carolina tea party groups urging me to call my state representative to vote, again, against the state tax exemption for Amazon.com.
When I first heard of this action, and the success these tea party groups had in killing this exemption in the first place, my immediate thought was that there wasn't a dumber bill that could be passed. The argument made by these tea party groups was that there should not be any favors given to one group and not another. By not getting this state tax break, Amazon simply decided to abandon a distribution center already being built that would have employed 1,180 people and move to a state that will give the tax break.
The tea party argument is specious. Smart states give financial inducements all the time so industry will locate in their state. In this particular case, the action is beyond dumb. Amazon will simply locate in another state and continue its business. The only thing accomplished is that South Carolina just killed 1,180 jobs for no reason.
This is a worry I have always had about the tea party movement. When some people get power, they are not necessarily capable of prudently exercising that power. There are several examples, including Sharon Angle in Nevada and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.
There are some good features to the tea party movement but we must always be diligent about power getting out of hand.
Sun City Hilton Head