WSJ: Gavin Newsom’s Nike Proposition: California’s Governor finds a business he wants in the state

After many years of writing about companies leaving California’s business-hostile conditions, I’m pleased that The Wall Street Journal referenced my work in today’s editorial, which begins with this:

“Republican Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this week said he’d revoke state financial incentives for a new Nike plant in Goodyear, Ariz., after the athletic company pulled its sneakers with a ‘Betsy Ross flag’ that offended its oracle of racial grievance, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Now California Gov. Gavin Newsom is fighting for Nike like a loose football.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey – much fairer to business than California Governors Gavin Newsom or Jerry Brown

“‘Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history,’ Mr. Ducey tweeted this week. Mr. Newsom stepped in with a pick-up line. ‘Hey, @Nike – we’re just a quick jaunt over the border,’ Mr. Newsom tweeted. ‘Thank you for doing the right thing. CA is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values.’”

The WSJ continued: “Businesses in Arizona also don’t live under constant regulatory threat from politicians in Sacramento. According to business relocation consultant Joseph Vranich, 32 companies have recently announced they are shifting jobs or assets out of California. They run from software to health care, but a large share are manufacturers with high energy and labor costs.”

(Note: I doubt that a single one of those 32 companies would agree with Newsom’s claims that California is “open for business” or that Nike did the “right thing” or represents “the best of American values.”)

See the rest of the Wall Street Journal editorial here.

Additional thoughts:

Message to Nike CEO Mark Parker: Maybe you think its fine to slander an American icon, Betsy Ross, who was a Quaker and for more than three centuries Quakers have been staunch abolitionists. It’s inconceivable she would put her stamp of approval on slavery.

Betsy Ross flag

Conveniently ignoring that factor, Kaepernick reportedly said the 1777 flag design was offensive because it originated in an era of slavery.

With Kaepernick’s kind of logic, we should all stop wearing clothing from Pendleton of Portland because, after all, sheep were sheared for their wool during the time of slavery. We should quit riding Portland’s light-rail transit line because railroads were being built during the slave era. And we should quit buying from Fred Meyer Jewelers of Portland because there was a growth in sales of luxury items back then.

Oh, and maybe it’s offensive to wear Nike shoes today in the company’s home town of Beaverton because, after all, back then some slaves were experiencing hardship by going shoeless.

Lisa Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, said she has never heard of the 13-star flag being used as a hate symbol. To learn more, read: Declaring the first flag of the United States as offensive denigrates the African Americans who fought for this flag.

Companies Leave California Because of Politicians like Gov. Gavin Newsom

Specifics about the who, what, when, where & why companies are moving out of California’s destructive tax and regulatory climate can be found In “Why Companies Leave California” (scroll down that page for the summary).

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