Protectionism hits closer to home

Every once in a while, someone like Don Boudreaux or Mark Perry will mock an import tariff, trade restriction, or other protectionist policy simply by substituting the names of states — er, that’s States in the Union — for the names of countries.  Most of the flag-waving crypto-racist thugs who yell incoherently about China and India stealing American jobs get flustered and tongue-tied when you ask them to yell incoherently about South Carolina stealing Washingtonian jobs.  (The remaining flag-waving crypto-racist thugs work for the NLRB.)

On the other side of the 49th, though, we have yet to realize that Dr.s Boudreaux and Perry are being sarcastic.  By way of a for instance, I give you this gem:

Imagine being the cop detailed to confiscate a rural neighbour’s vehicle over a 16 buck difference in the cost of beer.

Yep: we can get arrested, and have our vehicles seized, for buying beer on the wrong side of a provincial divide.  Commenter Mark elaborates:

The only legal way you can “import” liquor from another province is to have your province’s liquor control board import it on your behalf. This also ensures that your home province collects the various taxes and import duties from you the consumer, in addition to the various taxes and import duties that have already been included in the source province.

The Western Canadian reader will not be at all shocked to discover that this shit is mostly locally enforced east of the Prairies, though a federal law exists to prevent people from engaging in peaceful commerce with other people who happen to live in different provinces.  I think Deep Ones have secretly been dumping dumbworm larvae into the Atlantic for, oh, the last two hundred years or so.


3 Responses to “Protectionism hits closer to home”

  1. 1 williamthecoroner
    May 18, 2011 at 07:04

    Yeah, that happens in the States, too. Sort of. I can go DRIVE and buy beer in PA, but if it’s not distributed in Ohio, I’m not supposed to. The only folks who really get in trouble are folks from MA who drive into NH to buy booze. NH has no sales tax, and the price difference is extreme. MA stations state cops to bust people driving home straight out of NH liquor stores on the border. It’s considered best to take a roundabout route. They only ticket you, though, don’t impound the car.

    • 2 perlhaqr
      May 18, 2011 at 07:17

      I have heard of similar tales around the WV area, regarding cartons of cigarettes, and a tax difference that apparently makes it worthwhile. The details (according to my foggy memory) included a $other_state trooper parked in an unmarked car in the parking lot of a store near the border, radioing in $other_state license plates so that troopers who were actually in $other_state could pull them over.

      I don’t recall if the cars were impounded, but I’m certain the product was seized and fines were levied. Complete bullshit.

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