We Can't All Be Washingtons, But We Can All Be Patriots!
I have been following the op-eds regarding privatizing of the Virginia ABC stores and I find it to be the very type issue that Patriots, regardless of political party, should rally around. The debate should not center on whether state stores are profitable, will become more/less profitable, or whether people will drink more. We have no laws against alcohol consumption and no exhaustive research to indicate that, under state run stores, we have magically reached the optimal level of alcohol consumption for Virginia. The issue is a Constitutional one. Is there a compelling reason that the state should be in the liquor business? I believe the answer is "no". If the only reason is profit then there is an endless stream of businesses that the state could take over to bring in added revenue (but shouldn't). Government is not the answer.