It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the tax-wasting, arrogant public sector unions in Massachusetts. For example, the kind of union where you can retire at 42 and live a lifetime on full pensions and health benefits. But compared to their counterparts running the state liquor stores in Pennsylvania, our union thugs are rational arbiters of the public good.
Pennsylvania’s liquor stores are run entirely by the government, including some 5,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers of Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Council. You’ll be shocked to learn that, as a result, people who can escape Pennsylvania for New Jersey to buy their booze find lower prices and a better selection across the border.
Meanwhile, some retailers want to do in Pennsylvania what they do in Bible-thumping backwaters like South Carolina, namely sell beer in groceries and convenience stores. You know… for convenience?
The PA liquor unions are, obviously,outraged by the prospect of competition, lower prices, happier customers, etc. So they are running this ad:
(WARNING: NAUSEA MAY ENSUE!)
This is beyond shameless. It’s despicable. It’s also, as NRO points out, factually untrue: Pennsylvania doesn’t have the lowest death rate as the ad claims. In fact, they’re ranked 15th worst by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
But the scare tactics may be working. Polls that once showed overwhelming support among Pennsylvania voters for letting in the free market now show the numbers split. And Democrats in Pennsylvania are doing whatever they have to do maintain their support from well-funded, well-organized unions.
So it’s come down to this: If you vote for freedom….IT WILL KILL YOUR DADDY!
A country that believes such nonsense doesn’t deserve freedom.