Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Having succesfully run Amazon out of town, the State of Texas intends to turn up the heat on scofflaw wine drinkers. Apparently, Texas will hold contraband seminars with UPS and FedEx on the fine art of vigilance. That's what makes government special, they push the regulatory costs like this off onto the private sector.
The Specialty Wine Retailers Association (SWRA) notes that on Friday, June 3rd, the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) took the highly unusual step of issuing a press release announcing it had entered into talks with Fed-Ex Corp. and United Parcel Service concerning its effort, to thwart the illegal shipment of wine into Texas.....
We all thought that we were home free with the Granholm decision six years ago, but that decision apparently was more style than substance.
And apparently this US District Court ruling against Texas was not upheld by the full court. Otherwise, we wouldn't be revisiting this mess, right?
As is mostly the case, protectionist regulation isn't about the consumer, it is about restricting the market for the benefit of the politically well-connected. A concept that the American public seems unable to grasp.
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.
Whole thing here.