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Over the weekend I went to the neighborhood liquor store to pick up a couple of items. I had not completely forgotten about the proposal to allow grocery stores to sell wine; I was ready for it. On the door, on the walls, on the counters–everywhere a poster, a sign, a card, a flier or brochure. The campaign is well underway.

Here’s what a sign said:

Save our Store
Protect our Jobs, Protect our Teenagers
Last Store on Main Street

On December 16th, Governor Paterson proposed to allow grocery stores to sell wine in his ’09-’10 state budget. This proposal must be stopped. If not, it will cost New York thousands of jobs and contribute to a significant increase in underage drinking.

Please log on to to learn more about the impact of Governer Patterson’s [sic] proposal and how you can join the fight and stop it before April 1, 2009.

So there you have it. One must not allow even the most remote possibility of freedom because to do so might upset the statist-monopolist “order” associated with secured jobs and protected industries.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the children. No popular appeal would be complete without some good old fashioned scaremongering.

My progressive proposal is simple: Patterson should abolish drinking age laws, eliminate taxes on liquor and allow anyone to sell wine. I’d love to see the campaign against that. (“He hates the world!”)

6:31 am on February 23, 2009