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Old 03-18-2014, 10:02 AM  
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GOP lawmaker: Businesses should be able to deny service to blacks

Republican lawmaker from South Dakota doesn't think there's any need for the government to interfere with who you associate with, even if that means allowing a business to deny service to blacks.

Phil Jensen, a state senator representing District 33, has some strong views which have consistently drawn heat from his colleagues. And his latest comments in an interview with the Rapid City Journal are sure to do the same.

Jensen had previously sponsored Senate Bill 128, which would have made it legal for businesses do deny services to people based on their sexual orientation. The bill was killed in committee. He says bills like these are all about protecting one's "constitutional right to free association"


Jensen goes so far as to say that businesses should have the right to deny service based on a customer's race or religion whether that's right or wrong, he says, can be fairly addressed by the free market, not the government.

"If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them," he said.

Jensen has sponsored a number of other bills, including one so that "parents may direct the rearing of their children without undue governmental infringement" and one that would allow citizens to carry guns in the state Capitol.

http://politics.suntimes.com/article...3172014-1232pm
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:09 AM   #256
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Speaking of derp. You know the funny thing is that acquisition of wealth tends to make people do things they rather not do. Like get up and go to work.

Say you have two gas stations. One owned by Billy Bob and the other by Joe. Billy Bob and Joe are both equally racist but Billy Bob really likes money. So to get more money he decides that he will serve black people as well. Joe decides that being racist is more important than making more money.

Billy Bob due to a larger customer base is able to expand his business. Joe is not. Billy Bob will also probably become less racist for the simple fact that he interacts with his customers everyday and being openly racist is bad for business with one part of his clientele.

See the thing is that the power of economics reveals preferences. In this case the majority of people are more interested in getting more wealth then being racists. That is the reason for Jim Crow, it is easier to be racist if you don't interact with other people. The power of economics is the best way to get that interaction going.

What if Joe's opinions are shared by the rest of the white people in town, which happen to be 75% of the town's population. In fact, because Billy Bob does serve minorities, the white people won't go to his gas station, but instead will just go to Joe's.

So Billy Bob has a larger POTENTIAL customer base, but Joe in fact has more ACTUAL customers.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:47 AM   #257
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Real life examples of businesses discriminating by their own accord is non-responsive to his statement that business only discriminated because of the government? Or that it supports it?

"That picture of white patrons and white business owners harnessing blacks during a sit in supports the statement that it was because of government"

-- isn't true at all

Your going to have to do better than that patty. You can respond to the voter turnout numbers too, if you wish, that show 80 percent of voters participated in the elections that brought about Jim Crow laws if you want to continue to try and lie that it was only because of the government that businesses discriminated.
I found your problem. He never said that. Spend more time focusing on your reading skills and less time calling people racists and I think you'll get better results with people.
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