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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:40 PM
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Tourism boycott threatened over Wilson's 'You lie' outburst
WASHINGTON State and local tourism officials are being flooded by emails and calls from people across the country, saying they won't vacation in South Carolina because they're upset by GOP Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst at President Barack Obama.

The officials said that a number of the out-of-state e-mailers have said they've taken beach trips for years in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and other South Carolina resort areas, but don't plan to return.

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In a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 68 percent of Americans said they "oppose what Joe Wilson did during the speech." Twenty-one percent said they support Wilson's behavior.

South Carolina's $1 billion-plus tourism industry, centered around its beaches, had already been hit by the recession as Americans postpone vacations or cancel travel altogether. The state's 11.8 percent unemployment rate is among the highest in the country.

Marion Edmonds, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, said his agency had received 147 emails from people who cited Wilson by name and expressed displeasure with his remark.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/75406.html?storyli...
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:44 PM
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1. And who will the boycott hurt? The working stiff,that's who. A very
stupid idea.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:48 PM
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2. i think that's the point, so they will vote him out
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:55 PM
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4. Well that is generally how boycotts work
:crazy:
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:56 PM
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5. and suddenly, when it's a Repug target ...
the repugs are concerned about the working stiff over profits ...

yeah, right ...

:eyes:
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:53 PM
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3. Maybe the insurance industry corporate masters of buttboy Addison Graves Wilson II...
(that's "Joe" to the rubes) will book some conventions in SC in order to offset the boycott.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:58 PM
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6. Who the fuck goes to South Carolina for vacation?
My wife taught in South Carolina and we visited the beaches when I went to visit her. Huge yawn. Been there, done that, no interest in buying a t-shirt.



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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:58 PM
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9. i would love to visit South Carolina
there is a lot to see, especially if you have interest in history of this country.

what type of places do you like to visit ?
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:59 PM
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7. I too think this is stupid
don't paint the whole state as being corrupt just because this guy is.

Instead, work to get his democratic opponent elected.
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Mr Generic Other Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:05 PM
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8. its a wonderful strategy.
boycotts work.
ask our revolutionary forefathers.
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GodlyDemocrat Donating Member (388 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:00 PM
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10. Just plain stupid
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