Reason Magazine's Jacob Sullum offers up an op-ed on the proposals to privatize Pennsylvania's arcane and outdated "State Store" (oh, pardon me, "Wine & Spirits Shoppe") system--a bureaucracy so convoluted and anti-consumer that it has inspired a blog strictly to advocate its shutdown--and segues into commentary on similar proposals in Virginia. Now, if they could only hover into Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the few counties in the nation to directly control an alcohol monopoly...........
The title of the piece? "Liquor Privatization Would Save Money and Improve Service, but It Also Would Eliminate Unnecessary Government Jobs. What to Do?" The comments are, as always, an interesting debate. The first one is a hoot:
A Democrat state delegate stated that privatizing the ABC stores would lead to increased consumption among school-aged kids because there would be mom and pop liquor stores near schools, parks and ballfield where kids hang out.(Cartoon: Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
I sent him a note informing him that about 2 miles from my house, there is a Virginia ABC store directly across the street and within easy walking distance from an elementary school and a county park, which includes a ball field.
I of course received no response whatsoever.