Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Spice Must Flow!
That doesn't mean Utah is embracing economic development via liquor. Money from licensing fees will go toward more DUI blitzes and liquor enforcement, which is fine, but it's an added cost to a problem that exists within the uneducated walls of ward houses and not in reality.
The usual argument by legislators is that more liquor licenses will lead to more underage drinking and drunken driving. This is just legislators parroting the majority line, regardless of the reality; and that is, poorly written and implemented laws stifled development in the state.
It's this kind of cultural bigotry that turns otherwise intelligent conservatives into some kind of neo-Carrie Nation progressives when liquor issues come up.
So I guess state legislators are in a bit of a pickle. Stifle what their brains tell them and help prosper Utah's economic growth. Or go with their hearts and keep Utah in the 1950's forever. My guess is they'll combine both and make a mess of brilliant economic opportunities. Who needs a beer?!
source: Standard Examiner