Apr 182011
 

The PLCB (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board) has a monopoly on the sale of wine and spirits in the state.

“A monopoly is a grant of special privilege by the State, reserving a certain area of production to one particular individual or group.” – Ludwig von Mises Institute

Consequently, the following line from an article about PLCB’s plans to “modernize” laughably stupid.

“They also want lawmakers to let them create so-called ‘loyalty clubs,’ to offer customers discounts.”

How the hell can customers be loyal when there’s no competition?! Is this a case of Orwellian political newspeak or further evidence that the PA government is dominated by economic ignoramuses?

This nonsense has to stop. Abolish the PLCB!

Aug 112009
 

I love when overambitious politicians accidentally speak the truth – to their own detriment. I mean, how could I top a gem like this?

“Obama sought to dispel talk that his ultimate goal is a single-payer federal health care system, like that in countries such as Canada.

He also disputed the notion that adding a government-run insurance plan into a menu of options from which people could pick would drive private insurers out of business, in effect making the system single-payer by default.

As long as they have a good product and the government plan has to sustain itself through premiums and other non-tax revenue, private insurers should be able to compete with the government plan, Obama said.

‘They do it all the time,’ he said. ‘UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. … It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.’

  1. The Post Office has a monopoly on standard mail delivery.
  2. The Post Office struggles to sustain itself through non-tax revenues such as stamp sales.
  3. The Post Office is inferior to UPS, FedEx, et al., for shipping.
  4. The Post Office is an inefficient pseudo-monopoly that eats tax revenue and keeps mailing prices high due to lack of competition and innovation.
  5. The Post Office is no worse than any other government bureaucracy.
  6. Why should we expect government insurance/health care to be any better?

Update 08/13/09: Lew Rockwell has tossed in his two cents about this gaffe.

Obama and the Post Office

“Writing in The State and Revolution in 1917, Vladimir Lenin summed up the economic aim of socialism as follows: ‘To organize the whole economy on the lines of the postal service….’

“Incredible, isn’t it? After centuries of treatises and miles of paper and tubs of ink, this is the great historical turning point: government employees carrying sacks of paper mail from house to house, and operating at an economic loss.”

Update 08/18/09: John Stossel has chimed in.

Obama’s Post Office Mistake

“His mistake is telling. If he didn’t notice that the Post Office, despite providing worse service than UPS and FedEX, is bailed out by Congress, will he notice when a government-run health care plan is feeding off billions of your tax dollars?

“Or would he care? Before the election he supported a single payer system. Subsidized co-ops would be an easy back-door way to achieve the same thing.”

Jul 092009
 

Just when I thought PA’s anal retentive control of alcohol sales couldn’t get any lamer, the Liquor Control Board produces this brain fart:

LCB uncorks novel sales plans

This is almost stupid beyond words. (Image horked from P-G article)

This is almost stupid beyond words. (Image horked from P-G article)

“The state Liquor Control Board, which is often the target of public criticism, wants to be more ‘customer friendly.’ On the heels of its largest sales year ever, the agency said yesterday it is moving forward with two new ways to sell wine to the public, through small boutique stores and machine dispensers.”

These goofy-looking kiosks would “vend white and red wines and would be located in supermarkets that don’t currently have LCB ‘one-stop shops’ within them, where both wine and liquor are sold”. Earth to PCLB: kiosks wouldn’t need to fill in for missing one-stop shops if grocery stores were not prohibited from selling alcohol themselves! It gets worse, though.

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