posted by PaulNoonan at
What does it tell us about Milwaukee that thousands of people every game day were violating a law, and no one realized it? It tells me that Milwaukee's city leaders (like just about everyone at just about every level of government) think it's a good idea to pass completely arbitrary and mostly unenforceable laws. Why can't our elected officials ask themselves two questions before they make another activity illegal?1) Is anyone being hurt by this activity?2) If so, is this already covered by existing law?I think the answer to No. 1 regarding the Milwaukee drinking ordinance would be no, but even if you think it's yes, you probably think that because you're concerned about drunk driving or alcohol leading to violence, and those are already covered by existing laws.
By MDS, at 11:17 AM
I agree, but I don't think this is really an example of what you said. WHat this law really tells us about Milwaukee is that it made a drafting error. The law in question says that you can't drink in public parking lots, not just the stadium parking lot. WHile I think a law that says that is dumb too, it's not as dumb. People are harmed by having to look at dirty bumbs passed out in their parking garages when they go to work in the morning.
By Anonymous, at 12:29 PM
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Whenever you give the government the power to do something for you, you also give it the power to do something to you.