10 March 2011

Why the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas Hates Texas

If you've been following Scott Metzger's Brewed and Never Battered Blog, you know that he is championing the passage of HB 660, which would allow brew pubs to sell their beers into the retail distribution stream. The predictable opponents reared their heads and predicted minors would be buying beer! Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes... The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!  Even with the addition of the requirement that brew pubs sell directly to distributors, they are predicting disasters of Biblical proportions on the horizon.  I began to wonder why, and suddenly, it occurred to me.

The WBDT hates Texas!

How else to explain that, in a time of a $30 billion dollar deficit, they oppose a bill that could generate $56.8 million in new tax revenues just by breweries brewing beer?

How else to explain that, in a time of record unemployment, they oppose a bill that could create 6,829 new jobs?

How else to explain that, in a slow economy, they oppose a bill that could add $678 million a year in new economic activity and could increase payrolls in Texas by $171.8 million a year?

The WBDT would prefer to see California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New York and Delaware (among others), collect that $56.8 billion dollars in taxes generated by brewers.

The WBDT would prefer to see those states keep their jobs, and keep jobs in Texas suppressed.  After all, unemployed people are depressed and need to drink the cheap, corporate beer that they sell.

The WBDT would prefer to see the economic activity just where it is: where filmmakers can use a Texas Beer Distributor's house as a location because it is the only thing opulent enough to look like a Drug Dealer's house.  And they don't want increasing payrolls, because then we might move over to Craft Beer, or--horror of horrors--wine!

Whey would they want that?

Because the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas hate you.  They hate me.  They hate Texas and Texas brewers.  They want to line their pockets--and the Legislators they allow us to elect, by extension--and keep their heels firmly on the back of the neck of the Texas economy.

And if you don't write your State Representative and ask them to support HB 660 and HB 602, you hate Texas, too.

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posted by Jeff Holt at 08:44

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