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"You know we're in trouble when you find yourself pining for a little dose of Carter economics."

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In The Denver Post, Vincent Carroll writes about The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, by Matt Welch and me:

A colleague at The Denver Post gave me a bomber of home- brewed beer the other day, so I took it to my patio and toasted Jimmy Carter.

Yes, that Jimmy Carter — he of the "crisis of confidence" speech, stagflation, Desert One, windfall profits tax, and other missteps.

Yet while Carter by and large is remembered as a failed president, he also helped lay the groundwork for the prosperity of the 1980s and '90s by freeing entire sectors of the economy from the shackles of restrictive regulation.

His leadership in deregulating the airlines is fairly well known. But he also pushed deregulation of trucking (helping to stimulate shippers such as FedEx, among other positive developments) and railroads, and, most important of all, started to de-control oil prices.

Nor did Carter confine himself to prying open the commercial economy. He also liberated the home libation realm — hence my grateful toast — by signing a bill in 1978 giving the green light to domestic brewing, which had been banned since Prohibition….

"Though the work of improving Americans' beer palate sounds like the project of an elitist dissatisfied with the commoners' tastes," write Gillespie and Welch, "it's actually another twist on Southwest Airlines' form of democratization: The conservative, corporate, organization man status quo, in cahoots with a protectionist and illiberal government, colluded for far too long to produce crap."…

You know we're in trouble when you find yourself pining for a little dose of Carter economics.

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  1. History’s greatest monster.

    1. Malaise Forever.

      1. We elected the wrong Carter.

  2. https://twitter.com/#!/leenie909

    Lawrence O’Donnell has re-tweeted this enjoyable cunt who seems to think we “didn’t understand” what LOD was “trying” to say last night.

    1. Britain’s Imperial Chemical Industries

      Huh. I would have guessed that it was manufactured by Monsanto or Dow.

  3. OT, but trust me, worth the read. It involves police power and bunny suits.

    http://news.yahoo.com/idaho-po…..04132.html

    1. Fucking ‘for the children’ parents need to be tarred and feathered in front of their kids — for the children.

  4. Sweet! For 18 bucks I can get one of them wind-up peanuts on ebay!

  5. Sweet! For 18 bucks I can get one of them wind-up peanuts on ebay!

    1. crap

      1. Squint at it in just the right way, and that peanut bears an uncanny resemblance to brother Billy Carter…

  6. Beer thread? This early, for a magazine called Reason, it sure gives me plenty of reasons to drink during work.

    1. They never had beer threads when Postrel was the editor.

      1. One more reason change isn’t all bad.
        Drink!

  7. Fuck I hate that stupid Ben Franklin (non)-quote.

  8. Anyone who opened the door for me to use my Mr. Beer kit is ok in my book.

    Except Carter, he sucked. And still does…and will long after he is in his grave.

    1. Wait…is he in his grave?

      1. Still building houses despite the glut.

        1. “I want to give ’em away, but my wife won’t let me”
          Mad Man Muntz

  9. ALternative Reason Motto #3 :

    Reason free minds and free beer

    1. This has a suspiciously familiar ring to it.

  10. Mmmmm! Oatmeal stout!

  11. It’s kind of sad that the two best presidents of the past 50 years have been one-termers. Maybe not a coincidence, either.

    1. lol

      Who’s the other one Tulpa?

      The best President of the past 50 years is the one responsible for the greatest net increase in human freedom. He served two consecutive terms in the 1980s.

      1. Gorbachev served two terms?

      2. Certainly you’re not talking about the Say No To Drugs guy and the doubler of the national debt.

        1. Yeah the guy who freed 100s of millions from communist oppression and lifted the specter of imminent nuclear war against our country.

          What one-term loser besides Carter do you like? Kennedy? Ford? GHWB?

          1. I have a healthy respect for Bush I.

          2. The USSR was already falling apart at the seams anyway. Reagan may have sped up the process a bit but it doesn’t balance out his other evil deeds.

            1. Yep, freeing several tens of millions of human beings from near slavery a few years earlier than they might have been saved is meaningless when describing Human Liberty.

              I can agree that many things Reagan did were wrong but before Reagan those enslaved behind the Iron Curtain were a necessary sacrifice to the Liberty of the Wsst. After he told the World to fuck off and “tear down this wall” tens of millions experienced more Liberty than they had before him. While he certainly wasn’t alone, he named them the “Evil Empire”, a sentiment with which all libertarians should agree, first, and acted upon it.

              Few human beings will EVER have such a personal hand in human Liberty as Ronald Reagan.

              So go fuck yourself.

              1. Sensitive much? Damn son, it’s not like Genesis spoofed him in a music vid or nuthin’.

                1. Spoofing by a rock band is indicative of what, exactly? Are you next going to tell me the significance that large groups of kindergarteners protested his “meaniness”.

          3. Who else can it be but HEY HEY LBJ?

  12. But demo-rats like big gumint. Does not compute. Error error.

    1. That’s why Carter created the Dept.s of Energy, Education , and Health and Human Services. He loved “big gumint”.

  13. Colorado is worldwide leader of both beer and pot.

    1. That’s why I live in Colorado.

    2. They may have the MOST breweries per capita (or at least used to), but in terms of quality I would easily put California and Michigan ahead of them.

      1. What a joke.

        1. Russian River Bbrewery puts anything in Colorado to shame.

          1. No, no it doesn’t. And somehow I suspect you have an ignoramous’ “knowledge” of Colorado beer.

            1. If your ignoramus quote was referring to me, I can only laugh as I used to live in Fort Collins. Routine trips to New Belgium is what inspired me to start homebrewing. Keep in mind that it’s not exactly a knock on CO to say that CA and MI are better. Also, Oskar Blues’ Old Chub is easily one of my top five American beers. That being said, while there are lots of really solid breweries, there are few that are transcendent. Plus, ever since Left Hand absorbed Tabernash it’s hard to find a good German-style beer in CO (though I’ve been impressed by Fort Collins Brewing so far; their Maibock and Barrel-Licked Bock are both solid).

              Anyway, the beer is one of the few things I miss about Colorado. That being said, I still think California and Michigan edge it out in terms of overall quality and variety.

              1. It was actually to Sudden’s claim that RRB “puts everything in Colorado to shame”.

                The “what a joke” comment was for you when you said CA and MI are easily ahead of CO. CA does have some good beer, but far less of it than CO. And CA isn’t really a beer culture state, whereas Colorado most definately is. But Michigan??? That’s gotta be some homestate boosterism, right?

                Oregon is the closest competitor to CO.

                1. Ahem, I’m no uber-beer snob, but Michigan does have some really nice beers.

                2. I live in Chicago and was born and raised here, so no homerism re: Michigan. But since you mentioned ignorance of Colorado beers, I could say that people outside of the midwest are ignorant to Michigan’s beer scene. Name something and they’ve got it. You want crazy-ass limited-release beers? You’ve got Short’s. You want large craft brewer that makes a little of everything? You’ve got Bell’s. If sours are your thing, there’s Jolly Pumpkin. You want super-rare, overrated on BeerAdvocate beers? You’ve got Kuhnhenn and their Raspberry Eisbock. And that’s before even getting to Founder’s, home of the coveted Kentucky Breakfast Stout, or my favorite Michigan brewery, Dark Horse (Scotty Karate is the only Wee Heavy that gives Old Chub a run for its money). Oh, and Michigan also produces my favorite Russian Imperial Stout–New Holland’s Night Tripper. You might not be aware of it on the west coast, but Michigan is cranking out some quality shit (beer-wise, that is; can’t speak as to their medical marijuana).

                  1. Interesting, I’ll have to give a looksee into some of those. Thanks for sharing.

                    1. Umm, as a Denver native, it pains me a bit to say that I’d rather go on a beer trip to MI than back to CO.
                      Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia
                      Founders KBS
                      Bells Hopslam
                      Arcadia Cereal Killer
                      New Holland Dragon’s Milk

                      le sigh.

              2. That being said, while there are lots of really solid breweries, there are few that are transcendent.

                Avery? And while I dream of being able to visit Russian River Brewing and try some of the Pliny’s, it’s not like they produce that much beer.

                On Michigan, I’m not familiar with great breweries there. I see lists like this one and wonder where to start.

                1. And I somehow missed CMS’s beer post on Michigan. Never mind. Thanks for the rec’s.

                  (How did I forget about Bell’s?)

  14. Nor did Carter confine himself to prying open the commercial economy. He also liberated the home libation realm ? hence my grateful toast ? by signing a bill in 1978 giving the green light to domestic brewing, which had been banned since Prohibition….

    For that one, as implied by the picture, you can thank Billy Carter; nothing like a little nepotism to help grease the skids for deregulation. (I’d venture that Jimmy Hoffa had something to do with the part about trucker deregulation.) Now maybe we can find somebody to elect who’s a good friend of Bill Gates or something.

    1. The Teamsters? They were against deregulation. I remember the protests. Deregulation meant more non-union and independent truckers.

      1. And now that you mention that, Jimmy Hoffa had disappeared by the time Carter got into office. Maybe it was actually his enemies who convinced Carter to deregulate trucking; “Nice friends you got there. Pity if they were to end up like Jimmy…”

  15. Just the other day, I heard somebody say deregulating the airlines was a terrible idea, and made flying more expensive.

    Good grief.

    I didn’t even bother trying to correct him; what’s the point? How the fuck do you get through to these people?

    1. “Just the other day, I heard somebody say deregulating the airlines was a terrible idea, and made flying more expensive.

      Good grief.

      I didn’t even bother trying to correct him; what’s the point? How the fuck do you get through to these people?”

      It’s like trying to debate biology with a creationist.

  16. Billy Beer?

    Fuck that shit!

    Pabst…Blue…Ribbon

    1. Hamms!!!

  17. I don’t know if it’s appeared in another thread, but Welch & Gillespie are making a visit to Chicago in a couple weeks for a discussion and book signing.

    http://heartland.org/events/de…..matt-welch

    Pizza is mentioned, and it is in Chicago, but I think Jak’s may sell the thin crust style.

    1. Jak’s pizza is okay, but nothing to get too excited about (I prefer some of the other items on their menu). Their beer selection, on the other hand, AWESOME.

  18. C’mon you can’t really blame the guy for Desert One. It was basically one helicopter pilots screwup that caused the disaster.

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