by Van Helsing | March 18, 2009 2:04 pm
Progressives tried prohibition once and it failed. But that’s no reason not to try it again. After all, socialism has failed repeatedly, resulting in the deaths of over 100 million people. Yet they keep inflicting it.
Nowadays progressive policies are usually imposed by increments. The next step toward Prohibition II will be raising the price of alcohol, just as they’ve been doing for bullets. From the People’s Republic of Britain:
The Government’s top medical adviser warned that “cheap alcohol is killing us as never before”, as he unveiled proposals for a minimum price for alcohol.
Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, suggested that a minimum price of 50p per unit be set in an attempt to tackle the country’s drinking problem. …
He said that the plan could see pubs and restaurants ordered to charge £1 per unit, with supermarkets and off licences allowed a lower minimum of 40 or 50p.
The move could double the cost of some drinks. It would be likely to increase the price of all bottles of wine to at least £4.50 and raise the price of the average six-pack of lager to £6.00.
Sir Liam said that radical measures were necessary to cope with problems resulting from a “deeply ingrained” drinking culture, which cost the NHS an estimated £2.7 billion a year.
Once again we see how socialized medicine serves as an ideal wedge for totalitarianism. We can’t let you drink alcohol, you might drink too much and raise health costs. We can’t let you play football, you might hurt yourself and raise health costs. We can’t let you drive, you might crash your car and raise health costs. We have to pull out your teeth, you might bite yourself and raise health costs.
Where will it stop? At the point we rebel, and not before.
On a tip from TD. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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