Once again the New York Times Wine Club has made me an offer I can’t refuse—and once again I must refuse. That’s because Pennsylvania is one of the 21 states that wine clubs are not allowed to ship to.
I’m a 9th-generation Pennsylvanian who except for four years of service in the Navy and 10 years in New Mexico have lived in Pennsylvania most of my 70 years. And I’ve been hearing for decades how the Republicans want the state to get out of the liquor business.
So I figured that with a Republican governor and a Republican legislature it was finally going to happen.
When my wife and I returned from New Mexico to Pennsylvania in 2011 and registered to vote, we decided not to register Republican, which had been our lifelong registration. Instead, we went with no affiliation.
After the George Bush years in Washington, we considered the Republicans a lost cause. They say they’ll reduce the size of government, but when they have the chance, they don’t. Washington. Harrisburg. Doesn’t matter. Promises made, promises not kept.
At least the Democrats usually carry out their promises—even when it’s things I don’t want.
I want to be able to order wine from clubs. The Democrats won’t give up their grip on the state store system and the Republicans will never deliver.
In vino veritas means nothing in Pennsylvania.