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Liquor Control Board is a monopolist
Do you remember the game where the fat cat wears the top hat? In this case, the monopolist is the three-person Liquor Control Board. They decide what the consumer gets to pick when he or she walks into a liquor store. From the massive distribution building constructed by the state in south Seattle, all liquor must be distributed across the entire state. No exceptions. That building cost taxpayers a few billion to construct so that the board could monopolize our choices. Now will hordes of barbarians descend upon our fair state if, as, or when the monopoly that Olympia’s three wise persons hold over us is taken away?
Probably only the three board members would swear to that.
But our microbrew industry was born in 1978 when the continued restriction on home brewing was found to be a violation of law, thus restoring a right to American citizens.
If giving back the right to make a personal choice could have such positive effects on the local economy, then why should it be a bad thing now? We have no right to sue the state when its bureaucrats misuse their regulatory powers to zero in on individuals over whom they wish to try to expand their power arbitrarily.
Is the Liquor Control Board a sinecure wherein arbitrary state power can be projected against those who are considered political targets? Just another reason to do away with this board is the probable temptation that constantly beguiles government insiders to the detriment of individual choice.
Miles F. Holden, Kirkland