Nanny State in Action

Maryland was called “The Free State” after our great Governor Albert C. Ritchie assured that there would be no State Prohibition Law. The Feds were hampered in enforcement of the Volstead Act and out-of-town mobsters stayed away. Yet there were blue noses in places such as Montgomery County that imposed local option prohibition in certain communities after Prohibition was tossed into the toilet. That county also bans private liquor stores and has civil servant flunkies operating County Stores. Blue Noses and bureaucrats have similar games going in Pennsylvania and Virginia with their crappy State Stores.

The Montgomery County stores are noted for lousy selections and service and generally higher prices than the competition in nearby Maryland Counties and the District of Columbia.

While it is illegal for Maryland residents to buy their booze out of state and bring it home, few get caught and most employ the sentiment expressed in the words of Beadle Bumble: “The Law is a ass”. People ignore stupid laws.

The rationale for the lousy county stores is that they “encourage temperance”. The same flawed reasoning may be used in Pennsylvania and Virginia. There may be some truth in the goal but when there are stores just across the District Line with good prices and great selections, why deal with the County stores? Better to get the lowest prices at a place in business to make a profit while giving superior service and selection.

Who is going to provide the best service? Is it a private, profit-motivated entity that must compete with other firms on the basis of price, selection, and quality or a government virtual monopoly? Where will people go when they have a choice?

Again I bring up the car choices available in East Germany. The proletarians waited months to buy a four-wheeled piece of crap called a Trabant. Lower-level party apparatchiks might go for the fancier Wartburg. The nomenklatura could drive like capitalist oppressors in a BMW, Mercedes or Porsche. Those not privileged to live in a Workers’ Paradise had a better selection, and compared to a Trabant, a VW was a Mercedes.

So should we trust health care to the ObamaSoc gang? How many of the Limousine Liberals and Sailboat Socialists ever drove a Trabant as a symbol of solidarity with the masses? Will Dr. Kevorkian be the model for the Health Care Commissar?

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  1. Exactly. Liberals are embracing socialism without looking at history to see what will happen. I’m not talking about those in government, they just want more power. It’s the average liberal citizen who is refusing to educate themselves on the issues and the historical results of socialism. They just trust Obama (and the rest of the government) and think he will do what is best for everyone.

  2. If you want to watch how the country is headed down the wrong path, watch MD. It’s a totally one party welfare state. They are ahead of soaking the rich in taxes, and are not finished. They have a huge deficit this year after raising taxes last year. Their first thought, raise them more. But that can’t happen until January. But they have been forced to cut costs, but it’s the usual suspects of essentials rather than the useless.

    Menawhile, the state to the North, PA, is still in a budget battle with the Governor. In the face of a recession his idea was to raise taxes. Fortunately it’s a real two party state and the the sane legilators are holding the line of no new taxes, and no new spending. We’re finishing month two without a budget. An emergency one was placed to pay police and essentials, but the legislature is not giving an inch.

    Compare that to Obama saying we won and the Republicans should shut up and sit down while he screws thing up.

  3. Forgotten Liberty wrote:

    It’s the average liberal citizen who is refusing to educate themselves on the issues and the historical results of socialism. They just trust Obama (and the rest of the government) and think he will do what is best for everyone.

    Yet it wasn’t so long ago that they didn’t trust the government, not in the least. At best (20 January 2013) or at worst (20 January 2017), Barack Obama will leave the presidency, to be replaced by a Republican (definitely if in 2013, most probably if in 2017), and our friends on the left will go right back to distrusting the government.

  4. Compare that to Obama saying we won and the Republicans should shut up and sit down while he screws thing up.Yorkshire

    Is this not the moral equivalent of: “When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it”?

    This extremely offensive “advice” is usually uttered by those who are either ignorant or enthusiastic re the vile crime.

    Perhaps we should concatenate two of the Big Lies of the world to define the nature of ObamaSoc:

    “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help you and I will respect you in the morning”.

    Another relevant lie could be appended but this is a family forum.

  5. Yet it wasn’t so long ago that they didn’t trust the government, not in the least. At best (20 January 2013) or at worst (20 January 2017), Barack Obama will leave the presidency, to be replaced by a Republican (definitely if in 2013, most probably if in 2017), and our friends on the left will go right back to distrusting the government.

    Good point. The same people who get upset over the government “spying on us and “torturing” terrorists seem to have a perfect trust in the government running health care. Really makes a lot of sense.

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