John Rzodkiewicz, long-time PLCB clerk and now an employee of the UFCW (the main union for State Store clerks), made a surprising admission on a PennLive page yesterday, showing that he realizes that privatization will indeed make it more convenient to buy wine and spirits in Pennsylvania, and at lower prices. Here's how it happened.
PennLive published a letter from David L. Faust, of Selinsgrove, who said there were "six questions to ponder" about privatization. They're, well, you should probably go read them, because they range from Prohibitionist to pro-beer distributor to socialist to...internally contradictory, so much so that they're kind of funny.
Then down in the comments, 'fancysmom' asked "Will a change in how alcohol is sold in PA make a difference to alcoholics? NO", to which 'Chuck' responded, "Just less future alcoholics. Or maybe you
should ask Alberta Brooks or maybe even Lewser Bryson. They seem to be
the expert lackeys of Corbett, Cawley, TurDzai, Adolph, Taylor,
etc...." (Chuck's quite a wit, as you can see; ho ho, haven't heard "Lewser" since high school, Chuckie.) 'fancysmom' responds, asking, "Please explain how maintaining state stores
will result in fewer future alcoholics. A statement that definitive
should have some support."
That's when 'JohnRz' responds with this amazingly candid observation: "Alcohol is a drug. Ask any cop if you have a bigger crack problem when crack becomes cheaper and more available."
Excellent! Sure, John makes a ridiculous equivalency between a bottle of chardonnay and a pipe full of crack cocaine, but that's the kind of neo-Prohibitionist cant we've come to expect from the PLCB and their ilk. The point is, John's owning up to the simple fact that wine and spirits will be cheaper and easier to buy if the State Stores are replace by private stores. We've known that all along, but this slip of the fingers shows that the pro-PLCB partisans know it too, and they're fighting against it to keep the status quo, and keep the crappy State Stores as the only choice for Pennsylvanians.
Thanks, John Rzodkiewicz! Your honesty is appreciated! (Not sure how Wendell W. Young IV is going to feel about it...)