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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Boycotts and Buycotts

It seems as though everyone with an opinion on the Arizona anti illegal immigration bill wants their opinion to mean something. For instance, the cities of Los Angeles, Denver, and Austin, Texas all voted to stop doing business with Arizona over the law. Highland Park High School won't send their girl's basketball team to Arizona because their "kids may not be safe". Meanwhile, some major leaguers want for the commissioner to move next year's All Star game from Phoenix. Even a bet can't remove itself from the controversy.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hates Arizona's tough new law on illegal immigration. But he'll take "America's toughest sheriff."

Villaraigosa has offered a politically tinged bet to his Phoenix counterpart as the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns meet in the Western Conference finals -- a series that opened this week with picketing at Staples Center over Lakers coach Phil Jackson's remarks defending the law's constitutionality. The Lakers lead the series 1-0.

Meanwhile, on the other side, tea party activists are organizing buycotts of Arizona. These same activists are also threatening to boycott the boycotters.

CBS-5 News has also received a number of e-mails from viewers in favor of boycotting the boycotters.

“Boycotting can work both ways,” one viewer said.

“I’m keeping a list of all who boycott us. I intend to boycott them,” said another viewer.

Judy Valencia of Sedona just canceled plans to take her family to Disneyland this summer.

On and on we go. Let me tell you how this will end. Wealthy conservatives will make a point of visiting Arizona and not visiting L.A. Wealthy liberals will do the exact opposite. Very little will change as far as economic activity. Meanwhile, a whole bunch of people will go to places and buy things they had no intention of buying. Ultimately, it will do nothing for or against the law.

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