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Falwell announces support for ABC privatization

Rosalind Helderman

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president and chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg, has endorsed Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize state-run liquor stores.

In a statement, Falwell -- who took over the Christian university after the death of his father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, in 2007 -- said he believes that government shouldn't be in the business of selling liquor.

"I support Governor Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize Virginia's ABC stores primarily because I believe that our founders intended a much more limited role for government than what we have today," he said. "In my view, Virginia's private sector, its families, churches and businesses will be better served and protected by eliminating government-sanctioned monopolies."

Falwell's support could help the governor counter opposition to privatization he's encountered from some social conservatives, who have said they think increasing the number of liquor-selling outlets around the state to 1,000, as McDonnell has proposed, would lead to increased drinking.

Previously, a coalition of religious groups announced it was opposing the plan.

By Rosalind Helderman  | September 21, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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This just shows how far removed Jerry Falwell Jr and Liberty University is from being a religious institution.

They are a political entity and they don't care about the increased underaged drinking, increased drunk driving, and increased alcohol abuse that will happen when virginia increases it's liquor stores to 1000 and no longer restricts the selling to be done by state employees.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 21, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Virginia does not need a 400% increase in Sin venues Mr. Falwell (no more tax free status for you!!!).

McDonnell is the only governor I know who can take a $230~$250 million/year in revenue stream because of Virginia’s ABC stores bulk purchasing power “in Virginia, where whiskey and every other kind of liquor is sold in state-run stores, more than $13 of the retail price goes to the state.“; and turn it from a $2.5 Billion Plus in 10 years, to a negative within one year.

Though, to his credit, a liquor store on every corner will fill the streets with DUIs and violence and the jails with the unfortunate drunks of McDonnell’s lazy and misplaced policies. Private prisons and alcohol abuse will get a boon while worker productivity, real estate values, and society peace will go down as Jack Daniels and Jim Beam in every grocery and convenience store make their marks.

Va. liquor profits set a high bar for McDonnell privatization plan
“RICHMOND -- For drinkers, a fifth of Jack Daniel's costs about the same wherever they buy it -- about $25 in Virginia and the District, a couple of bucks less in Maryland. But for the governments that regulate that bottle, the difference is as stark as a sip and a chug. In the District and most of Maryland, just a dollar or two from a fifth of Jack Daniel's goes to government. But in Virginia, where whiskey and every other kind of liquor is sold in state-run stores, more than $13 of the retail price goes to the state. “

Virginia needs $2 Billion a year for roads and transportation. Selling more booze is not going to get-er-done. You want more money McDonnell; tax gasoline and coal.

Posted by: Airborne82 | September 21, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Oil is a valuable resource. Save it, conserve it, use it wisely, and leverage it to create Jobs and infrastructure. A modest increase of 10~25 cents/gallon tax on Gasoline to fund Jobs and Infrastructure is a lot easier than sacrificing an Arm, Leg, Eye, or Life as thousands of our military men and women have and continue to do. When gasoline was $4~$5/gallon only the Oil Industry Profited; Put the Profit and Jobs back to the People of Virginia.

Oil is not cheap for those who have to die so others can profit and waste it. Tax it and fund Job creation; Rebuild and Expand Virginias Road and Rail Infrastructure (Highways, Bridges, transit, bicycle paths, buses, etc.)

In N. Va., so many roads, so little repair money from VDOT: $1,024 in one case

“dozens of road improvements and repairs across Northern Virginia, including some under construction, will grind to a halt by July and August, resulting in still-worsening congestion for many arterial roads that feed into the region's already clogged highways” "It is unconscionable that the fifth-fastest-growing locality in the United States will receive $1,024 over the next six years towards its secondary road system,"

Shortage of state road funding leaves upkeep undone in Fairfax

"continued funding shortages for secondary-road projects across Northern Virginia have put many sidewalk and trail projects on hold, leaving aging infrastructure in increasingly poor condition.

"It's criminal. People just want the stuff we've got properly maintained. We're not building new things, we can't keep up with the things we've got," said Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), chairman of the board's transportation committee. "It's just outright deterioration." "

Posted by: Airborne82 | September 21, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Increasing Venues for Alcohol from 332 to 1000 and taxing restaurants and bars to fund roads and construction is wrong. You raise taxes on Gasoline to fund roads and transportation. What a Beavis and Butthead McDonnell and Cuccinelli have proven to be.

Virginia may add to fees on alcohol
“Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), scrambling to make ends meet in his plan to privatize Virginia's 332 state-run liquor stores, is considering adding a fee on alcoholic drinks sold in restaurants and bars to help make up the $250 million in annual taxes and profits that state stores currently generate”

Posted by: Airborne82 | September 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, do Virginians with gun licenses get to bring their holstered weapons to liquor stores like they do to bars and other drinking establishments? Probably no one thought of this yet ... and is Jerry Falwell really still alive? Are we sure? Didn't they stuff him and put him in some museum like they did with Roy Roger's horse Trigger?

Posted by: RLJComm | September 21, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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