TWC is a free market kind of guy and a wino, so this news is like that gum, double your pleasure, double your fun.
In a sweeping repudiation of anti-consumer and protectionist restrictions on the shipment of wine, Chief Judge Sidney Fitzwater of the U.S. District Court of Northern Texas ruled yesterday that the state of Texas may not prohibit consumers from having wine shipped to them from out-of-state wine merchants if the state allows the shipment of wine from in-state Texas wine merchants.
This critically important decision provides wine retailers with the same protection against economic discrimination that wineries obtained in the 2005 Supreme Court Case Granholm v. Heald. That seminal case held that no state may discriminate against out-of-state wine shippers for the purpose of protecting in-state competitors. Yesterday’s ruling completely rejected the claims by the State of Texas, Texas wine wholesalers, as well as lawmakers and wholesalers in other states that Granholm v. Heald did not apply to retailers.
I'm regularly baffled that a free people permit such a degree of meddling by state, local, or federal governments into what are essentially private arrangements between actual grown-ups. Course, the main reason that protectionism exists, particularly in this form, is to ensure that the protected merchants don't have to compete. Those politically well-connected merchants profit at the expense of consumers and less well-connected business owners. It's the Costco principle. Spread enough green around, the city will take the church's land and give it to you.
TWC's take on Granholm is here. No, I don't know why the image is missing either.
tip of the glass to Tom Wark
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