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It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. ..…They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.
A ban on direct shipment of wine to Michigan legislature takes effect.....wait for it.....on April Fools Day and the joke is on the consumer. Beginning today, it does not matter if you order wine from a store in Lansing or a winery in Napa, you can't have it delivered to your home.
6644 was a response to a September 30, 2008 ruling by a Michigan
Federal Court that the state’s prohibition on out-of-state wine
retailers shipping directly to Michigan residents was unconstitutional.
Judge Denise Page Hood ruled that as long as Michigan wine stores could
ship wine to Michigan residents, out-of-state wine stores must be given
the same privilege.
Michigan chose instead to largely take that
shipping privilege away from its own wine stores, leaving consumers
with less selection and abandoning a chance to raise millions of
dollars in tax revenue.
Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association contributed over $500,000
during the last election cycle to ensure the passage of HB 6644. The entire point of which was to eliminate competition by using the blunt force of law.
For sixty years American children have been taught that every problem can be resolved thus: Write Your CONgressman or Let's Put That To A Vote.
What if the legislature voted to stop Office Depot from shipping office supplies to Michigan consumers? What if they voted down buying CD's or books from Amazon?
You don't get to take a vote on how I get my groceries to the house. Why should you get to vote on how I get my wine?