Of Wine and Regulations

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but yesterday I got swept into a barrel-tasting tour by the owner of a nearby winery.  I asked how he got involved in wine making, and he made what I thought was a startling comment.

He said he was a romantic, who wanted a business he could hand down to his family.  But these days, you couldn’t plan on a hundred year family business because the government was bound to do something to end it.  He figured there would either be another prohibition, or regulations would make the work unprofitable.

Apparently, he’d already gone to great lengths to overcome regulatory blockades.  A local green group had tried to keep him from opening a second tasting room and in the end, he’d had to buy an entire town to do it.  Granted, this was in a rural area and the town in question was quite small, but most small business owners don’t have the financial wherewithall to go that far to win a regulatory battle.

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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