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May 9, 2010

House Resolutions Are Silly

by Brad Warbiany

As a homebrewer and avid consumer of craft beer, even *I* find this silly:

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

  1. supports the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, as founded by the Brewers Association;
  2. recognizes the significant contributions of craft brewers to the economy of the United States;
  3. encourages beer-lovers of the United States to celebrate American Craft Beer Week through events at microbreweries, brewpubs, and beer stores across the United States to appreciate the accomplishments of craft brewers.

What will be even more screwy is if this non-action is killed by some overly-moralistic teetotaler who will fight against Craft Beer Week “for the children”.

I’d prefer they just ignore us. Getting Congress’ attention for anything is never a good idea.

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  • Akston

    Resolutions which have no binding effect are a great way to feign activity while potentially garnering positive feedback from the masses. “Oh, they like puppies, how nice.”

    Distractions like this help legislators focus attention (and even meaningless controversy) on unimportant issues so the electorate will watch the right hand while the left hand moves further into the taxpayer’s pocket.

    I’d call this sound and fury legislation, but it’s too effete for that.

    Still, all-in-all, if Congress limited itself to only these types of feckless onanisms instead of constantly adding coercion into every aspect of voluntary life, we’d doubtless have a better functioning country from it.

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