The Wine Curmudgeon's feelings about HR 5034 are well known, but since the cyber ether was practically crackling with positrons during the bill's hearing yesterday, one more short post is in order.
There were eight links on the Wine Business News daily roundup this morning, which is where many of us who follow the business look each day to see what's going on. I had two favorites: The news release from The Specialty Wine Retailers Association, which called the bill "radical," and the testimony of U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), who said the bill would deprive family wineries of their constitutional rights.
Note to wine retailers: Radical is abolishing slavery, not abolishing direct shipping. Note to Rep. Thompson: Not letting people vote is depriving them of their constitutional rights, not abolishing direct shipping.
Can the Congress now return to real work? Last time I checked, the federal government didn't have a budget.