Friday, August 20, 2010

Hooray, beer! (II)

Steven Pearlstein approves of Virginia ending the state liquor sales policy:

I admit this may not be the fiscal slam-dunk the retailers and liquor interests claim it to be, and there are lots of non-economic issues to be hashed out. But until there is a definitive plan and a credible economic analysis, Democratic skeptics would do well to keep their minds open and their mouths shut lest they find themselves on the wrong side of Virginia consumers and commuters. 

This is another example of what I would consider pointless regulation. If regulation is serving some public good, then I'll consider it. But this is just arbitrary. And removal of the regulation takes jobs and profits away from the government and puts them in the hands of businesses all over the state. And just as importantly, consumers benefit with better choice, competition, and more easily accessible product. This is more small government I can believe in.

Now if only Minnesota would allow alcohol sales on Sundays...

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