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Liquor 'reform': The big fail

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What happens to those in the private sector who can't do their jobs?

They're fired.

What happens to Republicans in the GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature who can't do their jobs?

They make excuses and go on vacation.

The effort to end Pennsylvania's post-Prohibition-era liquor monopoly is said to have died an ignoble death in the General Assembly because of, in part, intense lobbying by unions and “soft” support among Senate Republicans.

None should feign any surprise when public support for their re-election efforts turns equally flaccid.

The failure of the GOP to cut through the overflowing waste that is the Harrisburg septic tank has reached unprecedented levels.

Republicans in bed with organized labor.

Former high-profile GOP muckety-mucks-turned-lobbyists padding their pockets with hypocrisy and labor cash.

Republicans chastising Republicans for not supporting a massive gasoline tax increase (a supposed quid pro quo that informally but actually linked liquor reform with transportation funding reform).

And who knows what other shenanigans are ongoing.

It is the crap of those crapulous with power. And Pennsylvania consumers will continue to pay the price with a Soviet-style liquor system that serves only those intoxicated by their hubris.

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