Delta’s NRA Move Puts $40 Million Tax Break At Risk
Delta Airlines claims they are not taking “sides” on the gun debate, but they ARE cutting their ties with the NRA!
HELLO, McFLY! Is ANYBODY Home?!
Delta joined the dozen or so other companies using the Parkland, Florida shooting as an excuse to cut ties with the NRA. Delta Airlines recently announced they were cutting ties with the NRA and ending discounted rates for NRA members.
But maybe Delta shouldn’t have opened their big liberal mouth right before a vote on a proposed jet fuel tax break that could save the company $40 million. How stupid was THAT?
DELTA MUST NOT BE HURTING FOR CASH!
Now Republicans who value constitutional rights are taking a stand and demanding that if Delta doesn’t need the business of the more than 5,000,000 members of the NRA — they surely aren’t hurting for cash and do not need this $40 million fuel tax break.
Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle has vowed to kill any tax legislation that benefits Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with National Rifle Association.
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.
SEN. WILLIAMS FIGHTS AGAINST DELTA TAX HANDOUT
Senator Williams had been leading an offensive revolt against a massive tax break that would save Delta $40 million, just days after the airline took a political stand against the NRA.
Williams isn’t done fighting however, and responded to Cagle’s tweet saying,
Casey – thank you for listening to our demands. However, Delta should not receive a government handout regardless of any other issues. #gapol https://twitter.com/caseycagle/status/968199605803454465 …
DELTA SHOULD NOT GET GOVERNMENT HANDOUT
The bill, HB 918, has already passed the Georgia State House and has moved on to the state senate.
According to a source, during a private Monday morning senate caucus meeting, the governor himself showed up and let the senators know that they “better push this tax cut through” or they could forget about passing any legislation.
The governor’s chief of staff also reportedly stated that there is “someone in this room that I could shoot” referring to Williams over his revolt.
Delta Airlines made roughly $3.6 billion in 2017 alone.
“It’s giving a subsidy to a company at the same time that they’re basically saying to the people in the state of Georgia, all those who believe in the second amendment, we really don’t respect that right,” Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Jason Shepherd said in a statement to 11 Alive.
The left isn’t thrilled with the tax break either, as approximately half of the company’s jet fuel tax payment — roughly $20 million — goes to schools and the local government in Clayton County. The county is home to about 5,000 of Delta’s own employees.
“For Clayton schools alone, the cut would eliminate 17 percent of the money used for construction projects. For Delta the total savings would be equal to just over one percent of its global profits last year,” AJC reports.
DELTA AIRLINES’ LOBBYIST – GOV. DEAL’S FORMER COUNSEL
The bill is being pushed by Governor Nathan Deal and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. The real kicker is Delta’s lobbyist is Governor Deal’s former Executive Counsel.
On Friday, a senator attempted to add an amendment during the Finance Committee meeting which would have removed the Delta taxpayer giveaway. The Finance Chair said they would not accept an amendments to be voted on for this bill because a deal had already been worked out, violating the Senate’s rules.
Senator Williams was furious about the refusal and managed to stall the bill from going to a floor vote that day.
Interesting enough, Cagle, who has served as Georgia’s lieutenant governor since 2007, could weave the issue into his campaign in Georgia’s upcoming gubernatorial race, in which he is considered the leading GOP contender to replace Gov. Nathan Deal (R).
Come on people!
The NRA boycott movement by Delta, United Airlines, Best Western, MetLife and at least a dozen other companies in eliminating discounts and perks for NRA member is not going to stop NRA members from owning guns. If anything it will inspire THEM to boycott companies that are AGAINST guns.
Talk about cowards.
There’s a reason why we have 2nd Amendment Rights and this move by Delta will not sway NRA members to own less guns. Believe me!
DELTA AIRLINES – TAKE A HIKE!
Does Delta have the right to boycott? Absolutely!
Do NRA Members have the right to own guns and not fly Delta? Damn straight!
Delta Airlines’ actions will not stop NRA members and gun owners from standing our ground to defend our individual rights to own guns! Last I checked this is STILL AMERICA!
By the way, Delta, I know your motto is “Building a better airline, not just a bigger one”….but I got news for you. Just like the government… BIGGER isn’t always better!
Take a hike!