Warning: Anti-government rant ahead.
Yesterday, those great "freedom loving" republicans in my state assembly passed a budget. The craft brewing industry here in Ohio worked really hard to get an increase in the maximum alcohol limit allowed in beer from 12% to 18%, it was in the bill, looked like it would pass....and then the damn puritans got at it. Yesterday, it was quietly removed from the bill and the state maximum will remain at 12%. WTF, who cares if you drink a beer with 18% alcohol? Or even 32%?
Not only are some high alcohol beers and barley wines quite tasty, they also are extremely profitable, which means more money for wine and liquor stores, more money paid in state taxes and more jobs here in Ohio. Instead, people here in Ohio have to continue to drive across the border to Kentucky or Indiana to buy strong beers, smoke or gamble. Get the fuck out of my life puritans.
It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.-H.L. Mencken