When a ripple turns into a tsunami:
Along with vanished revenue at restaurants and hotels, the cancellation of events has affected caterers, linen rental shops, transportation services, pesticide companies, even banks and credit unions that handle payroll for many of these contractors.
The results of HB2 have had a ripple effect throughout the local economy, according to Henri Fourrieris, president of the Greensboro area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It certainly tarnished us," Fourrieris said. "We have worked very hard to establish a brand in the sports market, for one. And I feel that has just deteriorated."
Several years ago I allowed myself to get sucked into the Greensboro blogosphere, and I haven't been able to successfully extricate myself since. Grossly outnumbered at the voting booth, conservatives have waged a sometimes vicious digital war against All Things Liberal, very often stumbling over their own ideological feet. This is one of those cases. When entertainers or corporations or sporting associations exercise their free market ability to cancel engagements, they are vilified and written off with "we don't need their money" and other nonsense. And the lost commerce associated with cancellations, which rolls downhill and squashes small business, is actually blamed on another city's government. That there is no logical basis for this accusation means little to these clowns, who staunchly support the overbearing state government who actually caused the problems. Don't try to figure it out, that way lies madness.