No, my gosh, I don’t mean the usual way. That kind is dangerous, risky and most certainly will provide you with living accommodations that would not be your preference. There is by far a better way that is legal, totally safe, and assures you the loot. In this method, you simply employ your government to make it legal, safe and do the theft for you. Money and power always is a helpful ingredient for this theft.

I am speaking of the proposed “uncork” bill for wine and spirits now before the legislature. If passed, the legislation would destroy 762 private businesses and cost an estimated 3,000 jobs. Pressure is being exerted by Dillon Stores and Wal-Mart. Their goal is to create one more profit center for their big box stores. These are formidable foes for 762 individual private businesses without money, organization, or political power.

“There is no greater evil than the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder,” Frederic Bastiat, France 1850, said.

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply,” Bastiat said. “See if the law takes from some person what belongs to them and give to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen cannot do for himself without committing a crime.”

Yes, the solicitors for the uncork law change will couch their purpose in such glowing generalities as greater good, increased tax income and more jobs. All totally false!

It will be interesting to see how our legislators deal with this one.

— Stan Dalton, Hays