Drink to success – or excess

Do your really want to be in this photograph?

Malloy wants to deregulate likker prices, shop keepers protest. I have no dog in this fight but I’m not impressed by this guy’s argument:

Kevin Sheehan, 45, owner of Vintage Wine and Spirits in the Stratford Square Plaza for the last four years, was critical of Malloy’s proposals.

The governor is basically trying to crucify this industry,” Sheehan said in an interview. “With everything that he wants to do, there’s no way that small stores can compete with the Stop & Shops and Costco’s of this world. They would crush us.”

By what right does a person claim the power of the state to coerce consumers into subsidizing his business? I don’t get it. Malloy’s got this right:

A bottle of wine selling for $21.99 in Massachusetts could cost $29.99 in  Connecticut, he said. “It is absolutely outrageous that people expect citizens  of Connecticut to pay that kind of premium. This has been a 100 percent  regulated and protected industry and in so, in many ways, is quite un-American.  I go into a pharmacy and there’s no minimum price for aspirin.”

As an aside, who is this sign holder  “Bill Carlson”, supporting Sunday liquor sales and lower prices? A dedicated alcoholic? A flack for the bottling industry? The article doesn’t say. It does report that “close to 1,000 people on both sides of the issue swarmed the legislative complex ….”  and that, too makes me curious. I’m not asking for names, but shouldn’t a reporter at least give us a hint about who these people are? I mean, why would 1,000 people travel to Hartford for any reason, let alone demonstrate in favor or opposition to cheap booze on Sundays?


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3 responses to “Drink to success – or excess

  1. Anon58

    These crybaby “capitalists” are a joke. They claim to love free enterprise, but want a government-sponsored program (from Prohibition, no less) to prop them up. There are probably too many liquor stores and one has to wonder if that’s a result of these subsidies. End this ridiculous program. The Mom and Pops will have to learn how to compete with the big boys. Some will survive, some won’t. Welcome to the real world.

  2. Georgie

    I agree with Malloy on this issue….I can’t believe I just said that…but true.

    Subsidies and gov’t intervention are bad for everyone.

    Could be worse: I believe in Sweden the government even tells you which wine/beer can be sold and nothing else other than gov’t approved.

  3. Anonymous

    In California you can buy beer and wine at gas stations/mini-marts and you can buy anything from beer to hard liquor at drugstores, grocers, bottles shops, or big box stores like Costco and Beverages & More. It seems to work out for everyone (except alcoholics).

    Oh, and that $22-$30 bottle of wine on the East Coast probably sells for $8-$12 in California.