The Right Lessons from Liquor

The MN state shutdown has been the gift that keeps on giving for liberty-minded people.  My last post also revolved around the shutdown too, but I can’t help that it truly spews example after example for why the government needs to be seriously trimmed down.  Contrary to what many liberals thought would happen, the sun has even managed to rise without a government program helping it do so. 

In all seriousness — as I mentioned in my previous post — people have been hurt by the shutdown in various ways.  One demographic that is getting hit hard is bar owners.  Because the state government issues liquor licenses, bar owners cannot legally buy liquor to sell.  Therefore, business is way down and big government liberals are using it as an example of why “we need government.”  However, I think that answer completely misses the point.

The reason why bar owners are struggling is not because they inherently need the government to function, it is because the government has taken on a responsibility that isn’t valid.  So now when the government is shutdown, it creates the false illusion that without government businesses cannot operate.  But issuing liquor licenses should not be a duty of the government as it has become in many states.  On a philosophical level, it should be fairly easy to see: The government shouldn’t dictate which individuals can sell liquor to other individuals.  When broken down that way, it seems ludicrous that people accept the status quo.

In Virginia, this issue has been long been a subject of debate.  Privatizing liquor sales is an issue that seems to never die there.  As Governor Bob McDonnell said, “From a fiscal, economic, and philosophical perspective, it’s the right thing to do.”  It sure does make sense financially; in Iowa, privatizing liquor licensing has increased revenue for the government (efficiency is boosted and cost is lowered).  That should be motivation for Minnesota, which prides itself as always being a step ahead of the Hawkeye state.

The problem is, though, that big-government politicians won’t see the facts for what they are.  They will argue that without the government issuing licenses, low-life thugs will start selling liquor to our children (even though Iowa has not gone to hell in a handbasket).  Before you know it, a thousand-plus parents would be outside the Capitol protesting the degenerative morals of conservatives.  Therefore, privatizing the issuing of liquor licenes would be a hard pitch.

Still, I think that people need to take the right lessons away from the shutdown.  It is because the government has taken on too much responsibility that bar owners are suffering.  Should we be surprised, though?  This is just another example out of many that shows private individuals and businesses being at the mercy of an all too powerful government.

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