A Challenge to Defenders of the Regulatory State

To all those who think that corporations are whiny b*tches when complaining about the burden of regulations, I have a challenge -- Go out and obtain an on-sale alcohol license from the state of California.  I dare you.  And no using retired ABC employees as paid consultants, that is cheating.  You have to do it yourself.


  1. rob sama:

    Can't you just buy one from someone else? Bizbuysell.com should list plenty of such licenses for sale...

  2. LoneSnark:

    What a great idea! If only we could all just pay to get out from under burdensome regulations. I wonder if there is a bar somewhere that uses its connections to repeatedly get and then sell licenses to others. Such an individual would be a hero in my book... too bad such an individual's name would also appear as a lobbyist in favor of stricter regulation.

  3. Michael:

    I'm curious as to why you need alcohol licenses. My understanding is that you manage public parks and I can't think of a park I've ever been in that permitted alcohol in the park.

  4. Jason:

    So I gather you have been through the experience ?

    Any chance you can outline the good times had ?

  5. Keith H:

    Michael, check out http://www.yosemitepark.com/Dining_AhwahneeDiningRoom_WineList.aspx

    Or check out the description for the Arizona Room at http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/Dining-Overview-420.html

    for a couple of quick examples.

  6. Frederick Davies:

    Oh, I have no problem in believing corporations are right to complain about the burden of regulation they face; it is the fact that, when it is convenient to them, they try to impose that burden of regulation onto their competitors by using their political power.

  7. Wiseburn:

    Michael, Warren's company manages campsites and other recreational things. Not City Parks. Many include stores, some of which would sell alcohol as that is a major profit center. If it's highly regulated, it's [relatively] scarce, and would have higher profit.

    A tent in a campsite counts as someone's home. they're may be some exceptions (like possibly some National Parks, or dry counties) but your allowed to drink in your own home.

  8. Keith H:

    Michael, both Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks are examples of two national parks which I know serve alcoholic beverages in their lodge restaurants. I presume others do also.