- I (Liquor Control Board's conflict of interest, disincentive to comply, budget spent on marketing, etc., v. spent on enforcement.)
- II (Fisking the beer distributors' anti-1100 campaign)
- III (Beer v. hard liquor)
- IV (State Liquor Control Board sweeps State Liquor Store violations--iuc. selling to minors--under rug)
- V (State liquor stores not punished for selling to minors)
Most of the arguments against 1100 pretty much fall into one of three categories:
- Private enterprise is icky and evil, and Not To Be Trusted
- Making Demon Rum more available would be Bad, because People Are Not To Be Trusted
- Making Demon Rum more available would make it easy for Children to get Demon Rum, because Private Enterprise is Not To Be Trusted to Follow The Rules.
Anyway. These Sound Politics articles pretty well sum up the opposition to I-1100. In particular, consider that the major opposition is funded by out-of-state beer distributors, who fear that, if I-1100 passes, hard liquor would be available on grocery store shelves, possibly taking up space that was previously taken up by beer. Thus, the argument that Beer is Good but Demon Rum is Evil. And Safeway will be passing out airline-sized bottle of Jack Daniels to Trick or Treaters.
(Any proof that states which allow the sale of hard liquor in grocery stores--like Hawai'i, California, and Nevada, to name three I have visited in the last 6 months, have higher rates of underage drinking, than those that don't?)
Frankly, the arguments in opposition to I-1100 amount to puritanism, as defined by Mencken, i.e., "The fear that somebody somewhere may be having a good time."
Another Update: The Seattle Slimes fishwrap today ran an editorial against I-1100. In which they lie, copiously. Oh, I suppose they may have been mislead, possibly they're funded by the beer distributors. Sound Politics takes them apart here.
****Although calling it "Next Tuesday's election" is a bit of a misnomer, since most of Washington State went all-mail ballot. So comfortable knowing that my vote is in the hands of the mailcarrier's union...