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Stop Wining

by Josh Loftin
- Posted // 2010-04-19 -

Jason Chaffetz takes a valiant stand against children ordering expensive wine from boutique vineyards.

First, one simple fact: It is very unlikely that Utah was going to permit people to have wine delivered to their homes anytime soon. Yes, there's a couple of wineries in the state and some microbreweries that could certainly benefit from being able to ship their goods to customers, but the state officials have never shown great concern for making those purveyors of sin profitable. (On the other hand, the state is very accommodating to companies selling "miracle" drugs, dangerous chemicals or pyramid schemes). But for those of us who actually like good wine, the possibility has always been enticing.

That possibility is something Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would really like to quash. He is one of the original co-sponsors of a bill that would prohibit federal laws from trumping state laws when it comes to alcohol regulation. That would be the case even if said state laws violate the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, which the U.S. Supreme Court has  ruled happens when states prohibit wine shipments. The only way it doesn't violate the commerce clause is if the state prohibits all wine shipments in the state. Following that ruling in 2005, the number of states allowing wine shipments has jumped to 37.

In the text of the bill, the usual "protecting children" argument is included, an irony considering that the bill was essentially written by the lobbyists for the beer wholesalers. So, in reality, the bill will protect children from enrolling in expensive wine clubs that require a credit card, and force them to go to the local 7-Eleven and purchase their hooch the old-fashioned way, with cash and a cooperative adult.


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Posted // April 20,2010 at 17:36

Completely agree with all the previous comments. I guess it is bad to have the Fed Government have some control in our lives but it is perfectly OK to have the state dictate to us!!! Thanks, but I will take the Fed anyday over "representatives" like Chaffetz!! Please, please let me order whatever I choose, or I will have to continue to spend my $$$ in Nevada, Wyoming, wherever the liquor is cheapest.

 

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Posted // April 20,2010 at 16:58

I'm really quite tired of the anti-fed knee-jerk reactionary moralistic turd-puppets that pose as state legislators in this otherwise great state. Aren't these assholes supposed to represent the wishes of the voters?

For the record, Chaffetz, I would very much like to order boutique wines and have them delivered to my house, where I would enjoy them with my wife, our car keys nestled comfortably in their drawer for the night. And as an involved, concerned and responsible parent, I'll take the responsibility of educating my children about alcohol, its uses and potential abuses, and ensure that they only order the finest wines available to mankind! Oh, scratch that last part, of course I'm joking. I'll do the ordering myself.

Stay the f*ck out of my liquor cabinet, please, and let us of legal age decide on our own "morality".

 

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Posted // April 20,2010 at 13:04

I completely agree with the below comments! I can think of several other more effective ways the state legislature could 'protect the children.' Bottom line: if you don't approve of drinking wine or any other alcohol for that matter, then DON'T. Mind your business and let the rest of America live their lives! Go to hell, Chaffetz!

 

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Posted // April 20,2010 at 12:45

If anyone is winey it is Jason Chaffetz,

DO NOT RE ELECT THE FOOL!!

A HOMOPHOBIC LIGHT IN THE LOAFERS CLOSET CASE

TRYING TO FEATHER IS NEST TO GET RE ELECTED

Wahhh so what if he got singled out at the airport

security check!! (for example)

Now its wine for the whiner i mean weiner!!

 

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Posted // April 20,2010 at 12:35

Even if it passed, if it violates the Commerce Clause it's UnConstitutional!!!!! The Constitution is the law of the land, and Congress cannot pass a law that contradicts it. It's called separation of powers. It would take a Constitutional Amendment for it to change

 

 
 
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