Remember when I said that Beretta will probably leave the People’s Republik of Maryland after the passage of some of the most onerous gun control laws in the country?
Jeffrey Reh, a spokesman for Beretta who also serves as the President of Stoeger Industries under Beretta, announced that the company would begrudgingly uproot and take its business elsewhere. He said, “We don’t want to do this, we’re not willing to do this, but obviously this legislation has caused us a serious level of concern within our company.”
He added that Beretta paid approximately $31 million in taxes, employs 400 people, and had invested $73 million in the business over the past several decades. Despite being such a prominent player in the local economy, Beretta was unable to prevent legislators from passing tighter gun control laws. Ironically, Beretta manufactures some firearms that are now banned in Maryland.
Don’t worry, though. I’m sure Maryland Demonrats will find some environmentally-friendly, high-tech, Obama-supporting, profit-eschewing-in-favor-of-the-common-good company to come and replace Beretta, hire 400 people at good salaries and contribute $31 million in taxes to Maryland’s dead economy.
Or they’ll implement new taxes, like maybe a tax on farting (that methane is dangerous to the environment, you know!) or a tax on heavy exercise in order to raise money to combat the evil effects of increased breathing and consequent expulsion of CO2… or something. Besides, someone has to cover the costs of adding 400 people to the unemployment line!
Maryland legisleeches don’t think you need your earnings, and they don’t think you need to protect what’s left of said earnings after they have sucked you dry.
Blight to follow.