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ABC privatization is McDonnell’s Waterloo


Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times Dispatch has a piece up today entitled “Schapiro: ABC as McDonnell’s political hangover.”  Here’s a little of what Schapiro has to say about Bob McDonnell’s ABC debacle:

He has tried to have it both ways, peddling a shift to private liquor sales as a means toward shrinking the Virginia bureaucracy and producing more cash for the state.

Now McDonnell’s gambit is hung up. It could be next year, rather than next month, before it’s considered by legislators.

And he’s hung over. Privatization, endorsed Monday by his hand-picked commission recommending ways to cut the size and cost of government, is producing only headaches, causing tension with allies and even more with adversaries.

Read Schapiro’s complete article at the Richmond Times Dispatch.

A few months ago, people were talking about the vice presidency or even the presidency for Bob McDonnell, but not anymore.  His nice-guy image has been tarnished by what appears to be a rather obvious attempt to cheat the people of Virginia–an attempt to sell our liquor stores for less than a tenth of what they are worth.

Not only that, but it has revealed McDonnell as someone who can’t get things done.  Fixing Virginia’s roads is easy: all you have to do is raise the sales tax on gasoline a few cents a gallon and you are done, you can declare success and go home.  A tax on gas would fall directly on the people and businesses who use–and often abuse–the commonwealth’s roads.  The more gas you use, the more you use the roads, and the more taxes you would pay.  

But instead of this simple, direct means of imposing what amounts to a users’ fee on the drivers of the commonwealth, McDonnell has chosen to construct what has been called a “Rube Goldberg” contraption that robs Virginia’s taxpayers and leaves them with a significant hole in future budgets while transferring state property to McDonnell’s political supporters for a pittance.  McDonnell has forever damaged his own image of personal honesty and good government.

With no plan for transportation and with his personal reputation in tatters, Bob McDonnell faces a bleak future.  Ken Cuccinelli has stolen much of the attention on the far right, and McDonnell looks increasingly like a small time political operator who can’t even make his crooked little schemes work.

Crossposted from the Richmonder.

  • Dan Sullivan

    and his record as a candidate and Governor is demonstrating why his business and private practice incomes required supplemental governmental employment.

  • Hugo Estrada

    A worker at our ABC store said that prices would go up 18% and even with 25 more agents she didn’t think it was enough. 700 laid off ABC workers sure isn’t needed either. She reeminded me of the 35M it will cost in retirement, severence etc. for the laid off workers. Another thing she mentioned was how will a mom and pop operation manage to stock an entire ABC store in their space? What will happen is we will be forced to drive around to different stores to find what we want to buy. Even a big store like Kroger or FoodLion would have trouble stocking an entire ABC store. Perhaps I’m missing something?

    I still can’t believe the dem controlled Senate would let this happen.

  • libra

    but your:

    The more gas you use, the more you use the roads

    is not, necessarily, correct. For the same amount of gas (and tax money), I can drive farther (and “use more road”) in my fuel-efficient car than someone who drives a 9MPG behemoth. It’s one of the reasons, BTW, that I wouldn’t mind spending a couple pennies more per gallon, while my neigbour looks (and sounds) like an enraged turkey if the matter is broached.


    huh??? Oh wait. I think i read somewhere they have a new website. oh yeh THAT DPVA (snark)