Culture Beat: Rainbow Mafia: Dubious Economics to Further Agenda — The Patriot Post
"Socially conservative laws are labeled as dangerous for business, while leftist prerogatives are an economic boon.
The Texas Association of Business has been a vocal critic of a proposed transgender bathroom bill — one that would restrict the use of public bathrooms to an individual’s biological sex rather than one’s self-declared gender identity.
It’s similar to the law that was passed last year in North Carolina.
So why would a business advocacy group oppose a common-sense law that protects the vast majority of the population?
Because it fears an economic backlash to the tune of an estimated $8.5 billion in lost business should the bill become law.
In Florida, a small-business advocacy group called Florida Competes has been actively and aggressively pushing for the state to make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class under the Florida Civil Rights Act.
The advocacy group maintains that this change would boost Florida’s economy by some $5 billion and add at least 36,000 jobs over the next decade.
What’s driving this connection between business revenue and leftist “social justice”?
Call it the Rainbow Mafia’s economic carrot-and-stick approach.
Across the country, these single-minded pressure groups have been promoting their agenda by pouring money into a “network of small-business coalitions that routinely make doom-and-gloom economic prognostications about socially conservative legislation.”...