Cruz to Illinois banks, gun companies: Come on down to Texas!

posted at 7:41 pm on January 29, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Our new Sen. Ted Cruz, of the great state of Texas, has a knack for making himself heard, and I look forward to a tenure filled with such press statements.

Dear Rahm, this is what a little state-to-state competition looks like. Companies bullied by Mayor Pottymouth aren’t obligated to stay in the cold, bankrupt, and increasingly inhospitable state of Illinois. And, Cruz is proactive in his pitch to Rahm-targeted Bank of America, TD Bank, Sturm & Ruger, and Smith & Wesson (though not proactive in the subsidies arms race we too often see in state competition over sports teams and big companies):

You may be understandably concerned that there are risks to refusing to comply with the demands of a politician who has earned the nickname, “The Godfather.”

In Texas, we have a more modest view of government.

We do not accept the notion that government officials should behave as bullies, trying to harass or pressure private companies into enlisting in a political lobbying campaign. And we subscribe to the notion, quaint in some quarters, that private companies don’t work for elected officials; elected officials work for private citizens.

In light of the reception you have received in the Windy City, please know that Texas would certainly welcome more of your business and the jobs you create. Texas value jobs and value freedom, and over 1000 people a day are moving to Texas (often from cities like Chicago), because Texas is where the jobs are.

In true conservative fashion, Cruz offers the companies the right to be left alone and perhaps not demonized at every turn. He also thanks Smith & Wesson for its commitment to the Second Amendment and says he’d be glad to make introductions between them and some Texas banks if the need should arise. Then, a dig at Rahm himself:

Finally, to Mayor Emanuel, you recently were obliged to pay over $1.1 million of taxpayer money in legal fees due to your unsuccessful assault on the Second Amendment. And, your city’s longstanding policies stripping citizens of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms have, in turn, created some of the very highest crime and murder rates in the Nation.

I don’t know, Sen. Cruz. Things are so peachy for the citizens of Chicago, with no guns in sight. Why change plans?

The count is now zero conservative government officials who’ve tried to ban birth control, two liberal mayors who’ve tried to ban a fried-chicken joint, and now one liberal mayor who’s trying to ban by bullying business with gun companies.

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