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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Cheap whine

Three jeers for the liquor store owners who staged a tacky victory celebration by dumping "wine" into Boston Harbor to mark the end of the 6.25 percent sales tax on booze.

“With a wine like this, you’ll be able to save $1.50 now," crowed Tina Messina, owner of Wine Connextion in North Andover, holding up a bottle that once held Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry, which Wine Spectator declares "sows excellent structure, intensity, depth and concentration, with a mix of spice, dried currant, blackberry, mocha..."

And sells in the neighborhood of $40-50 bottle.

Meanwhile, the substance abuse programs funding by the tax are scrapping for ways to make up for the estimated $100 million. But that seems of little or no concern to the packie owners who traipsed downtown to rub the wine bouquet in the nose of who became addicted to booze or drugs.

After all, they were losing money to New Hampshire, where the state-run liquor stores pocket all the profit, a move you would expect these Tea Party-wannabees to equate to socialism.

In a year of classless political stunts, this may well have been the lowest. At the very least these celebrants should be considering a voluntary donation to aid the underfunded services -- unless they expect to reap more from backsliders who prefer Thunderbird to Beaulieu Valley Reserve.

Next time, if there is one, try dumping your bile into the Merrimack.

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