Monday Open Thread: Stupid Law Editionby Brad Warbiany
As always, with an open thread, any topic is open… But I’ll start it off with a theme:
One subject that is near and dear to my heart is beer. I brew it, I drink it, I hang out on the beeradvocate.com forums to discuss it. Since Prohibition, few other topics have generated as many stupid laws as alcohol.
Two stupid laws in general:
1) States that don’t allow Sunday sales of alcohol. I’ve lived in Illinois, California, Indiana, and Georgia, two of which don’t allow Sunday sales. It’s nothing more than pandering to the religious right, as Georgia’s recent attempts to overturn the ban have shown.
2) Up until 1978, homebrewing beer was illegal. The one good thing Jimmy Carter ever did was legalize homebrewing. Now, it’s legal to brew up to 200 gallons a year (50 in Georgia, a law I broke last year). But really, why set a limit? If you’re going to regulate commercial enterprises, that’s one thing… But what if I’m not selling it? But what if I want to brew and drink 300 gallons amongst myself, my family, and friends. Is there any point to having a limit at all?
What are your favorite pet peeve laws or other governmental stupidity?