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Comment: Re:bringing booze to a thirsty frontier (Score 1) 71

by slashdice (#47496129) Attached to: Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road
You've heard of the Whiskey rebellion, right?

Farmers living west of the Appalachian Mountains distilled their excess grain into whiskey, which was easier and more profitable to transport over the mountains than the more cumbersome grain. A whiskey tax would make western farmers less competitive with eastern grain producers.[13] Additionally, cash was always in short supply on the frontier, so whiskey often served as a medium of exchange. For poorer people who were paid in whiskey, the excise was essentially an income tax that wealthier easterners did not pay.[14]

Corn grows just fine in the northeast, BTW. Irish/Scottish immigrants (the kind of people who make whiskey) were familiar with rye and barley. Rye, being more or less a weed, grew better so they made rye whiskey. Kentucky settlers were offered 400 acres if they built a house and planted corn so they also ended up with corn whiskey.

Comment: For us dummies.... (Score 1) 382

by slashdice (#47458461) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales
Once upon a time (think 1920s/1930s) car manufacturers did abuse the third party dealers ("It would be a real shame if we opened a car store right next to yours and put you out of business") so states enacted laws to prevent that. There were also similar problems with alcohol which is why alcohol distribution is so fucked up, too. The laws are "solving" problems that don't apply to Tesla or small microbrewers.

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