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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Scott Walker’s Newest Target: Microbreweries

If there’s anything Scott Walker hates even more than labor unions and working people, it’s locally-made craft beer. Microbrews. You know — beer that actually tastes good because it’s brewed on a small scale, using quality ingredients, and the brewer has used his/her utmost knowledge and expertise to make an outstanding product. How un-American. Sounds like one of them wimpy socialist countries over there in Yerp; not the America I grew up in.

Real Men™ drink cheap carbonated bilge made by a gigantic mega-corporation. And they guzzle it by the case; they don’t sip it out of a glass and then savor the underlying flavors. Sissies!

Even worse, none of these microbrewers ever contributed anything to Scott Walker’s campaign, unlike MillerCoors, which gave him $22,675.

(Here’s another link.)

Using Scott Walker’s standard M.O., a provision was snuck into a Wisconsin state budget proposal on May 31st. If passed, this new law will crack down on those pesky microbrewers, who make up five percent of Wisconsin’s beer sales. The large corporate brewers want it ALL, God Damn It!

This law was supposedly written to protect MillerCoors from a power grab by Anheuser-Busch. What’s next, a law protecting Godzilla from Mothra?

The law will treat microbrewers as if they were large corporate brewers — only without the huge profits and the ability to purchase elections. MillerCoors and the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association have instructed their legislative prostitutes to pass this law. MillerCoors doesn’t want any competition from people who make REAL beer, and the Beer Distributors Association wants to get its guaranteed 30% “commission” from every bottle of beer sold in Wisconsin.

Currently, Wisconsin microbrewers are allowed to sell their own beer at their brewery, and they can sell directly to restaurants and liquor stores. All of these practices will be forbidden under the new law.

And you thought Republicans were AGAINST
government bureaucrats meddling in the private sector.

Since beer cuts across all political and socio-economic lines, this might be another unintended consequence for Walker and his fellow Kochsuckers. At a rally on June 4th, a speaker said:

“They came for our public utilities … and I did nothing. Then they came for SeniorCare and BadgerCare … and I did nothing. And when there was nothing left, finally they came for our beer. And that’s when I said, ‘It’s time for revolution!’ … This is the Wisconsin revolution, and it’s powered by beer!”


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12 Comments:

Blogger Jack Jodell said...

LET SCOTT WALKER AND ALL OF HIS SNEAKY FAR RIGHT REPUBLICANS DRINK PISS!!!!

June 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Real men drink real beer.

It's a safe bet for the Corpobrewers. Only liberals have the sense and taste to drink quality beer.

June 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

This isn't about beer...this is about greater profit so that the big brewers can continue to consume their imported Dom Pérignon.

June 11, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger G. Jett said...

Re-thugs just trash everything good now it's Micro brew beer WTF.

June 11, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Just about every single piece of legislation passed is going to punish someone in some way, or at least some of the affected people will feel like they are being punished by it.

But it seems to me that only one of the two major political parties sets out to pass legislation purposefully designed to punish people who disagree with its general ideology, and that party is the GOP. They want to punish environmentalists, they want to punish non-believers, they want to punish gays and lesbians, etc.

It seems like too many of these Wisconsin conservatives don't like getting along with others, and that they would rather just punish those with whom they disagree. And it seems like they are really on a roll.

The GOP is making lots of money, and it carries the punishment thing along as an underlying theme. Thus it would seem that running a private prison would be a Republican's wet dream... just imagine, making money for punishing people! How cool is that? Wow!!

Republicans get all cranky about how we on the left say they are stupid, they vote against their own best interests, they are rife with cognitive dissonance, etc. Well, we're just pointing out the truth! ;-) Seriously though, don't we on the left get tired of them treating us like we are unruly/misbehaving kids who need to be punished? Sure we do. Many of them view themselves as the rational adults, and us as otherwise. Hmmmm, sounds like a sort of "elitism" to me...

When they start trying to punish their own (in this Wisconsin case, small business owners), that shows that the Punishment Machine is getting out of control. We can hope those jerks who are getting recalled don't find ways to weasel out of it. Sorry, Wisconsin, but I'm thinking that if enough of your voters are crazy enough to allow these people to continue, then your state deserves what it gets. Punishment. Lots of it, courtesy of the GOP.

June 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

All right, now Walker has REALLY pissed me off!!!

June 12, 2011 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jack: Even piss is too good for them.

Dave: You might be right. The conservative mindset doesn't go hand in hand with buying a locally made quality product and savoring it.

jadedj: LOL. I seriously doubt if any of the mucky mucks at Coors/Miller/Anheuser-Busch actually drink their own horse piss.

G. Jett: Who knows who they'll clamp down on after they're through with the microbreweries.

Snave: You're right; they want to punish workers, environmentalists, and everyone else who doesn't fit the mold. Who knew that microbrews would be in their crosshairs too?

We all need to be severely disciplined, and the masochists who enjoy it -- vote Republican.

J: Yup, they've crossed the line this time.

June 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What really gets me is Wisconsin is the original small brew state. Long before Microbreweries were "in" States like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania used to have several in every town.

This is part of Heritage

Erik

June 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

It's all the microbrewers' fault for not being big, rich and able to contribute thousands to conservative Republican scumbags like Scott Walker. Those small-time operators have no respect for the American way: big fish eat all the small fish they can gobble up and smash the rest.

June 13, 2011 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Maybe he should try Puerto Rico's
model . Oh wait he already is:


http://www.prfaa.com/news/?p=997

June 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Two things, first, it's funny to note that, over the last three years, dollar for dollar, the most successful brewing company in the US has been a legacy Milwaukee company, Pabst Brewing, which is also the most heavily unionized commercial brewing company in the US.

Second, while I will concede that the best beers made in America are all microbrews, most microbrews are still shit. That's a byproduct of the 90%-of-everything-is-shit rule. Being small and crafty is great and allows you to make some great stuff that the big boys just can't make but one must also be good on top of being small and crafty.

June 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Microbrews and labor unions -- 2 Wisconsin traditions that may disappear.

SW: Those microbrewers are just like any other entrepreneur or small business owner -- each one of them should have gotten an MBA and joined a huge corporation and clawed their way to the top.

Thomas: I didn't know that about Pabst.

I'm not much of a beer connoisseur; I like the hard stuff better. It's probably true that being a microbrew doesn't guarantee anything, but the few beers I like are all microbrews. Even the European beers I used to like are too bland.

June 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM  

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