While Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board execs have been jet setting around the globe on the taxpayer dime to Paris, Dubai, Barcelona and Argentina, their taxpayer-paid marketing team has been busy bringing taxpayers… wait for it… Hawaii to Philadelphia. How convenient!
We know the agency is rightfully worried about out-of-state bootlegging that loses billions in sales and tax revenue to freedom-minded states, but this seems a bit extreme even by PLCB standards. But that’s right, comrades, you don’t even have to leave the comfy monopoly-run confines of Pennsylvania to get the taste of freedom from other states like Hawaii – the PLCB will now bring it to you.
The Vikings of Vermouth have invited you to be their guest and “marvel in the beauty of ‘Hawaii: Islands of Aloha’ during the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show.” No, I can’t make this stuff up. They’ll even issue you a “passport” for their Hawaii-themed liquor luau so you can fill up with the products they have chosen for you. That’s so sweet – socialism with a scented smile.
In “lei”man’s terms, the PLCB’s flower-power stinks! This latest boondoggle is just another example of the costly conflict of interest that finds government spending tax dollars on both ends of the market by promoting and preventing ills from booze all at the same time.
Since Aloha means both hello and goodbye in Hawaiian, we’re hoping this “modernization” mayhem and mediocre monopoly just gets marooned. Until then, stay thirsty my comrades.