Delta: We Don’t Need The NRA; Jeffares: Delta Doesn’t Need A Tax Break

Delta has a knack for poor political timing. I’m old enough to remember when former CEO Richard Anderson told a Chamber gathering that lawmakers need not be “chickens” when raising gas taxes, right before he insisted on a tax break for jet fuel. They’ve waded in heavily on RFRA legislation, strongly making the point that businesses shouldn’t be in a position for them or their employees to choose which customers they want to serve because of their 1st Amendment rights.

This morning, Delta has waded into both the 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, sharply choosing sides. The airline doesn’t believe those who choose freedom of association based on their 2nd Amendment rights/beliefs should be entitled to group discounts on their airline. Meanwhile, Delta has legislation that permanently eliminates taxes on jet fuel sitting in the Senate, after passing the House.

State Senator and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Rick Jeffares is first out of the gate this morning doing his best Lee Corso. Not so fast on that tax break, kids.

ATLANTA, GA – Former State Senator and candidate for Lt. Governor Rick Jeffares today called on the Georgia Legislature to reject Delta Airlines plea for a special $40 million tax break on aviation fuel. Following Delta’s snub of the 100,000 plus Georgia NRA members whose travel discounts the airline just eliminated for political reasons, Jeffares reasons that they must have plenty of money to burn.

“If Delta is so flush that they don’t need NRA members hard-earned travel dollars, they can certainly do without the $40 million tax break they are asking Georgia taxpayers for,” Jeffares said.

The special tax break is contained in House Bill 821, which is currently in the Rules Committee. http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HB/821

More than 80,000 people attended the NRA annual meeting in Atlanta last year generating an economic impact of more than $50 million.

Jeffares may be the first, but he won’t be the last. Delta’s on-time rating for scuttling legislation beneficial to them is better than that of their airline operations.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There is such a delicious irony in conservatives whining about the free market.

LTWill
LTWill

Delta forgot to cite God. That makes all sincere beliefs acceptable.

alpha male
alpha male

Apparently does not even know what the “ free market” is. That tax break is just a form of corporate welfare. Nothing to do with free markets.

That said, Delta is free to discourage patronage from whomever they like. Or more accurately, don’t like. Not sure how that lines up with their fiduciary responsibility. But I am not one of their investors so don’t care.

So go ahead and disassociate with the NRA. Heck, just ban all gun owners.

But no way in hades do you get that tax break now.

Southwestern, Jet Blue, I hope you are ready when I am.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Good luck with that Southwestern ticket.

CalmlyBallistic
CalmlyBallistic

Your headline is wrong.
Delta: A small group will no longer receive a small discount.
Jeffares: We’ll try to make sure every passenger pays more.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Delta: We don’t need to give discounts to a group using child murder to sell guns.

Rick Jeffries: Finally, I can get some of that sweet sweet attention I so desperately crave! Look at me, everyone!

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Exactly, Delta only offered discounts to the annual conventions, not year round member discounts. Minuscule loss of a few tickets.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Delta is just the Latest Lemming on the anti-NRA train. Won’t last long. The 100k Georgia NRA members mentioned above won’t stand for it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

United has made a similar announcement. Looks like your airline options are dwindling.

Millennials are emerging as the most important demographic in the country and the majority of us expect a modicum of morality out of corporate America. This is the free market in operation, my friend. Unless the democraphics of the NRA change dramatically, this is going to last quite a while.

CalmlyBallistic
CalmlyBallistic

There are 10,000,000 residents of Georgia. Who cares what 1% won’t stand for?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Interesting way of looking at things. By that logic, can we go ahead and reinstate prayer in public schools or a prayer before Friday night footballs games? I mean, the nation is overwhelmingly Christian. Why should we care what a couple Christian-bashers complain about? Love your way of seeing things!

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

No, because it is unconstitutional. That was established long ago

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ahhhhh, but Delta has no problem punishingly a group for supporting their 2nd Amendment Constitutional Right. Wow!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Delta has no problem punishingly a group for supporting their 2nd Amendment Constitutional Right

Like I said, if you hate capitalism so much, why don’t you move to a place that shares your view on government regulation of private industry?

The 2nd Amendment doesn’t prohibit private citizens from using their 1st Amendment right to call out a group that spends most of its time undermining the safety of Americans and threatening civil war.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, Mewler, let’s do a consistsncy test. Delta is private, right? And you’re ok with them deciding how to implement policies because they are private? Correct? Ok. The why do The Boy Scouts have to admit gays? Ummmm, errrr, buttttttt…Keep on sputtering, Snivler. Keep on sputtering!!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why do The Boy Scouts have to admit gays

The don’t “have” to admit homosexual scouts (See Boy Scouts of America v. Dale) The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow homosexual scouts by 61% to 38%. The Boy Scouts chose to allow gay scouts. This was likely in response to stagnating membership and a shift in public opinion. In a way, it’s kind of the mirror image of what Delta is doing: public opinion re: the NRA has changed and offering them a discount program is no longer tenable.

bethebalance
bethebalance

To me, there is a big difference between removing a discount and “punishment”. It’s removing a privilege. So membership just doesn’t have all the privileges it used to. It’s a bold statement that lets members know how others feel about that membership. Lamenting the loss of the privilege is like crying because they’re not the most popular kids anymore. Or maybe those savings were really needed. But I’m sure there are other ways to save money. But if the move forces members to examine whether the NRA is doing the job the members expect and want, then why be sad?… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

How many of those actually attend the annual conventions and use the once a year discount?

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I think Delta made a wise choice. Why support this

bethebalance
bethebalance

That ad was shocking. Violence of lies indeed. They admit it right in the title. But I’m sure they know this could influence folks to stockpile more weapons. They know their base, I guess.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is more of the American exceptionalism the GOP embraces—in this case the proclivity to be child murderers—since gun restrictions in peer nations with much lower murder rates are ineffective and have nothing to do with gun murder rates.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Charlie, these days when I visit GApol it looks like ol’ Noway is the last bastion of conservative bloggers on here regularly. You need to rustle up some of our old folks who were willing to take on the libtards. Ozzy has this thread’s theme in particular: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy1V5LHXWbg

bethebalance
bethebalance

Does conservative mean that you use “tard” in comments? Takes one to know one I guess. But seriously, the level of discussion would be better without insulting the developmentally disabled, or frankly, if you could just complain about the policy and not the people. Folks have genuine beliefs, and a modicum of respect is necessary for any public forum to succeed. And fwiw, there are plenty of conservative posters here.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Oh, God!!! Lol! Safe Space!!
Sally, pullllllleeeeeze start posting more! Althougj Silver and Alpha have thrown me a lifeline these days!!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I do believe in creating a safe space for those who need protection from bullies, and in this case, its’ about protecting those with developmental disabilities from ongoing usage of bullying words (whether intended to bully them or not). It’s not funny, and it’s not something to write off. I thought that defending the defenseless, or those who need defending, is something that real conservatives believed in.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Tell me, oh all knowing, Balance The Swami, who’s more defenseless than an unborn child?! No one! What a misguided soul you and your brethren are…

bethebalance
bethebalance

That’s exactly my point. Personally, my policy perspective on abortion is relatively “conservative”. Suffice it to say I believe strongly in protecting unborn children as well, so I surely don’t fit well into whatever group you imagine or generalize that I belong in. But I also think there’s a ton of misunderstanding about that issue, and folks from nearly every perspective want to protect life. Also, I haven’t heard “Swami” used since the 70s. In all of these debates, btw, I can’t claim to know anything. Who can know whether certain policies or solutions will work or not- with certainty-… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Youse people are WAYYYYYY of topic dontacha know?

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

My hat’s off to you for surviving in the land of no lightening up – good to know there’s a couple of folks who help you out since time doesn’t permit my dropping in often as I’d like. And sometimes when I do, I just turn away at a loss for words. On this particular topic, I simply do not believe that King Delta deserves another $40 million from Georgia taxpayers, on top of the hundreds of millions they have received over the decades. The legislature should put that $40 mil into something to make the citizenry’s life better, like… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Noway, I was trying to respond to you in the above post, but it ran down the spool.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

Let’s take Delta’s $40M Crony Capitalist payoff and spend it on Juvenile Mental Health. That will go a long way to ending what we have been experiencing.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

And that’s also a good idea!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Getting rid of corporate tax breaks? Spending public dollars on healthcare services?

Y’all are starting to sound like Democrats.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

I’m cool with that. Both sides get something they want and neither has to give up anything. That’s a win.

BTW …. if there is one characteristic of these murderous cowards, it is that their families were overwhelmed by the mental illness their child was going through …. and the government was zero help. Helping these families and kids would go a long way toward reducing teen crime and these Active Killer incidents.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I support the idea, but then comes the need for a plan and commitment. I think as a starting point, you have to choose between appropriations to DFCS and/or DCH, and/or grants to school districts, in order to implement the plan. One can already see that $40M ain’t nuthin, but given the huge deficits in the mental health care system, it’s just a starting point if you want to do the job correctly.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Always good to see you, Sally!! Thank you!

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

It was a sales tax break so if it isnt removed the money would go into Clayton County’s budget. They were opposed to the tax break…fyi
I dont think they need a tax break, but I think using the NRA is a loser. The NRA is off the rails, and 90% of Americans agree (including most of their members)