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Re: “On Religious Discrimination

Just remember, the government control of the liquor business does not attempt to curb amounts of liquor being consumed by Utah's residents. Utahns can buy as much liquor as they can afford, get as drunk as they wish, and cause mayhem and deaths just like drinkers can in any other state. The DABC has absolutely no impact on what you call "responsible drinking." It simply gouges Utah drinkers, thereby favoring all those who don't drink. Mormonism may not be the "state religion," but it has virtually the same effect. As to the influx of non-Mormons, most of them consume alcohol, so the ill-gotten profits of the DABC are likely to dramatically swell in coming years, thereby funneling even more money to the benefit of the LDS population while "taxing" the non-believers.

As for Idaho's state-run lottery, you've used the same rationale, stating that Idaho is in the gambling business because many people can't gamble responsibly. Please note that there are no restrictions on how much a person spends on the Idaho State Lottery. A person with modest means can spend their entire paycheck, leave their children without adequate food or housing, and go entirely broke using the state-run-and-regulated system. In no way, does it create any safety mechanisms to prevent "irresponsible gambling." So, once again the argument misses its mark.

And prohibition, just like the war on drugs, had no impact on alcohol consumption. It merely forced a clandestine "privatization" effort which was highly successful, increasing the power of organized crime, and making some people--including the Kennedys--insanely rich. During Prohibition, those who wanted to drink continued to drink.

And it goes to say that those who choose to use drugs will always be able to find them.

Now tell me about the glories of state run businesses!

Posted by BroncoJockey on 06/27/2018 at 3:10 PM

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