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Old 12-16-2008, 11:34 AM   #1
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:53 PM   #2
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It's just a money grab. It won't change anything except drive people across the border to buy beer.

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:04 PM   #3
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It's just a money grab. It won't change anything except drive people across the border to buy beer.
Ain't that the truth. I mean cigarettes are like 3-4 times what I paid back when I started smoking. The cost is so outrageous now that I just don't understand how teens would ever start the habit. And yet they do. That tells me that increasing the tax on beer just wont have a much of an impact on teen drinking. Of course, like EdWort said: 'It's just a money grab'. The teen drinking thing is just an excuse for raising taxes.

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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Kids will still buy it. They'll find a way to channel this money into some other place eventually. I disagree with the idea that you can throw money at this kind of problem and make it go away. Like Bowie said, " And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations they're quite aware of what they're going through."

They don't want to hear a bunch of adults preaching to them about the evils of drinking.

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:20 PM   #5
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It still boils down to poor parenting combined with an idiotic drinking age of 21.

You can vote when you are 18, though clueless. You can die for your country when 18, but you cannot enjoy a cold beer.

Germany lets 16 year olds drink beer and they do not have a problem. It's been like that for decades.

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:23 PM   #6

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It still boils down to poor parenting combined with an idiotic drinking age of 21.

You can vote when you are 18, though clueless. You can die for your country when 18, but you cannot enjoy a cold beer.

Germany lets 16 year olds drink beer and they do not have a problem. It's been like that for decades.

AMEN! The drinking age is completely and nonsensically arbitrary.

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
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Nice. I like how it's 25 cents on a 1.75L bottle of booze and 25 cents on a 12 ounce bottle of Budwater. Smart! Somebody should give this guy a dunce cap for Christmas.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:16 PM   #8
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Considering kids will already overpay like crazy just to have access to it. I think it will just put more money back into the hands of the person buying for the minor.

Sad but true

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:22 PM   #9
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During a similar discussion on a local talk radio show the host opined "I was never richer than when I was a teen ager -- I had a part time job, no rent, no car payment, all my take home pay was mine to spend." A small increase in taxes would not deter a teen and would be more harmful to working class adults.

 
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:29 PM   #10
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A small increase in taxes would not deter a teen and would be more harmful to working class adults.
Ah, it's just "Spreading the wealth" you know. The concept is growing in popularity these days.

 
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