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Mussolini made the trains run on time, but the state can plan a party

Mussolini made the trains run on time, but the state can plan a party

Wayne Hoffman
October 6, 2014
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October 6, 2014

Planning a party? The government of the state of Idaho has this advice: “When planning a party … (f)ollow this simple formula to ensure a successful party. First, determine the number of guests that will be attending. Multiply that number by the number of hours you think the party will last. This will give you the number of servings you’ll need.”

With the blessings of the Idaho Legislature, the state’s liquor division spent $15,000 to make this new website. You’ll find it at mixblendenjoy.com, a product of the Idaho Liquor Division.

By the way, the site is nearly impossible to find through a web search; you pretty much have to know of the Liquor Division website to get there, and I don’t know of anyone who might reason, “I’m looking for party planning tips and drink recipes; I wonder if the state government can help out.”

This is why the work we do at Idaho Freedom Foundation is so important. We first revealed this ridiculous idea—to create a government-hosted party planning and drink recipe site—in 2012. The state Legislature voted for it, narrowly passing the Senate 20-15 and the House 36-29 in 2013.

It’s enough to drive a person to drink. Maybe that’s why perhaps it is a good thing that Idaho’s state government has plenty of drink recipes on hand for the occasion. Such as this one for a drink perhaps ironically called Clear Conscience:  “Fill shaker with ice and add Ménage à Trois Vodka, Moscato or Nectar, 3 mint leaves, and lemon juice. Shake and pour into a highball glass. Top with ginger beer to taste and garnish with a mint leave that has been smacked in your palm.”

Even Obama can’t claim to be this helpful.

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