I started this blog to get people in Pennsylvania angry about the PLCB. I figured once enough people realized the problems inherent in the State Store System and the Liquor Code, they'd get angry enough that we could start thinking about political action.
I'm wondering if I underestimated the level of anger already out there. Steve Twedt did a series of pieces on the PLCB in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette back in January (more about that in the near future: great work by Steve). The paper opened a forum on its website to see what people thought about the PLCB.
Take a look. These people are mad enough to march on Harrisburg now; there were a substantial number who said it was one of the reasons they'd left the state.
"I believe the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is an antiquated system that should be abolished immediately."
"This arrangement is insane to anyone experienced in service oriented retail business."
"It doesn't curb underage drinking or alcoholism, has no effect on drunk driving."
"The way the state runs the package stores is illegal. They run it as if we are in Russia."
Well, and one or two malcontents...
"I absolutely love the fact that the government of Pennsylvania still cares about the health and well-being of its citizens and children enough that it controls liquor sales...why is it the state's job to get more people to consume alcohol? It isn't. Alcohol is a drug. Long live our wonderful state store system!" (Dude...they sell drugs every day...at privately-owned drugstores.)
Looks like the revolution may start without me.