The Federal Trade Commission proudly displays the motto “Protecting America’s Consumers” on its website. Of course, there are exceptions, such as adults aged 18 to 21 who want to enjoy a drink. The FTC not only won’t protect your right to consume — the agency’s “Bureau of Consumer Protection” runs an active campaign to explain why you are horrible, worthless individuals. For the past few years, the FTC has maintained a website — www.dontserveteens.gov — that offers a wide selection of unsubstantiated surveys, “research,” and other quasi-factual data in support of the states’ absolute ban on alcohol consumption before the age of 21. The website is downright comical:
Parents strongly support 21 as the legal drinking age.
* In one recent national survey, 79 percent of parents said the drinking age should stay the same or be raised.
* In another recent national survey, 84 percent gave this answer.
And just a few paragraphs later, the FTC claims, “…86 percent of parents support the legal drinking age.” Of course, there’s no attribution or sourcing for any of these alleged surveys. This website actually violates FTC rules for private companies, which require citation of “competent and reliable scientific evidence” in support of claims.
Of course, the state also forbids private companies from engaging in age discrimination. Yet the FTC explains why it’s okay in this instance:
Q. If kids can vote and join the military at 18, why do they have to wait until they’re 21 to drink legally?
A. It’s the law. In addition, ages of “initiation” vary. You can work at 14, vote at 18 and drink at 21, but you can’t run for Congress until you’re 25. Researchers who have evaluated the data say the minimum legal drinking age delays the onset of alcohol use. As a result, it reduces drinking-related injuries among teens and the risk of alcohol abuse and dependence later in life.
I wonder if the “researchers” have looked at whether raising the minimum age to join the military would delay the onset of, um, death in an illegal foreign war. Just asking…
And so there’s no confusion, the FTC isn’t just passively jumping on the anti-teen drinking bandwagon: The agency actively backs police state tactics:
Let local law enforcement know that you don’t oppose active policing of noisy teen parties. A noisy party may signal alcohol use; you will ask them to check it out.