-- "Imagine if Texas lawmakers, in a bid to protect mom-and-pop bookstores, barred Amazon.com from shipping into the state. Or if Massachusetts legislators, worried about Boston’s shoe boutiques, prohibited residents from ordering from Zappos.com. Such moves would infuriate consumers. They might also breach the Constitution’s commerce clause, which limits states from erecting trade barriers against one another. But wine consumers, producers and retailers face such restrictions daily.
The wholesaling industry’s survival depends on maintaining today’s highly regulated system. It is estimated that because of wholesalers
, consumers pay 18 percent to 25 percent more at retail than they otherwise would.
Last month, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, introduced a bill in the House
that would allow states to cement such protectionist laws. It should appall wine snobs, beer swillers and even teetotalers. In this case, the law would protect not small stores and liquor producers, but the wholesale liquor lobby
MP: Congress should just say "No" to the Wholesale Liquor Cartel.