To be sung to the tune of "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair."
In the 1880s and 1890s, the prohibitionists attacked drinking in part by going after drinkers' wallets: raising tavern license fees, raising brewer' taxes, etc. Today's prohibs are still at it.
A thoughtful look at a Wisconsin attempt to control/reduce drinking by raising taxes is here at Amy Mittelman's blog. Amy wrote about the late 19th century relationship between the alcohol industry and federal tax policy in a terrific dissertation titled "The Politics of Alcohol Production." She's also the author of a book titled Brewing Battles.
And that reminded me of Jay Brooks's blog on the subject of of beer and taxes.. As always, he's got much to say on the subject, he being one of the staunchest defenders of our right to drink.
Thanks and a tip 'o the mug to David Fahey for alerting me to Amy's blog.