Protectionism and Paternalism Brewing in Florida – “I believe I know what’s best.”

109-1Definitely a case where some businessmen have decided to use political muscle to deal with a competition. Crony Capitalism.

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The Florida senate has passed a bill, SB 1714, that would prohibit craft brewers from selling certain products directly to consumers.  Currently, many breweries in Florida operate “tasting rooms” abutting their facilities, through which they interact directly with their customers, offering free samples as well as bottles, cans, and growlers of beer for purchase.  The bill, which has an effective date of July 1, 2014, would require any bottles and cans sold by these tasting rooms to first be sold to distributors — and bought back by the brewery at marked up prices — before being sold to consumers.  Any brewery selling more than 2,000 kegs a year would be subject to these restrictions.

Joey Redner, the owner of Tampa craft brewery Cigar City Brewing, has called this “crony capitalism,” and has threatened to move his operation out of Florida.  In an impassioned…

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Obama Over Rules His Own Experts – Plan B

I am a more than a little annoyed by this. Didn’t this guy promise to rely on the experts and instead we get some paternalistic crap about 11 year olds? This decision is going to have serious repercussions. Teenage girls are going to get pregnant with all that entails for their futures when they should have had a choice of contraception. We are not yet a nation of Baptists who believe ineffectual admonishments against having sex is an improvement over reality. Every day in this nation, particularly in the South, teenagers have sex, millions of them. They’ve been told not to. However, since the survival of the human species has depended on the young having sex for hundreds of thousands of years, it may well be possible that a church pamphlet and a pat on the head may not discourage them.
President Obama appears to be working his way through all of his campaign promises one by one, tossing them out like softballs at a little league game. I have been disgusted a long time. I don’t know what bothers me more, his fake populism or his gutless inability to negotiate.
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Obama’s woman problem – Gender Roles –

But as an American, I think it is important for my president not to turn to paternalistic claptrap and enfeebling references to the imagined ineptitude and irresponsibility of his daughters – and young women around the country – to justify a curtailment of access to medically safe contraceptives. The notion that in aggressively conscribing women’s abilities to protect themselves against unplanned pregnancy Obama is just laying down some Olde Fashioned Dad Sense diminishes an issue of gender equality, sexual health and medical access. Recasting this debate as an episode of “Father Knows Best” reaffirms hoary attitudes about young women and sex that had their repressive heyday in the era whence that program sprang.

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