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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

 
The Spirit(s) Of Patronage

If you could cancel a government program that would result in lowering government and citizen costs and increasing revenues, most people would thing that's a good thing, right? What could possibly be more important than those things?

Government jobs.

Pennsylvania has public-sector liquor stores. What? How in the hecking heckity heck did something like that happen on this side of the Atlantic? I thought only Commies and the worst kind of Euroweenies were greedy and insane enough to nationalize booze.

Republicans now run both the governorship and the legislature, and privatization is on the table. Privatizing the industry will accomplish the three goals in the first paragraph, but "endanger[s] the jobs of thousands of state workers."

(Link via Rand Simberg.)

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