• Shut 'Em Down

      Tonight is considered one of the worst nights to be on the road because of the risk of encountering drunk drivers.

      Entrepreneur Karim Varela had an idea that might alleviate that problem.  In 2008, he started an online business called i-Booze.com.  Customers ordered beer, wine, and cigarettes from their home, and Varela would deliver it to them in about an hour.

      He came up with the business idea after he had spent a night in jail for drinking and driving.  “I thought maybe there’s some way I could prevent other people from having the same kind of predicament,” he told FOX Seattle.  Customers liked the idea, saying it’s good to keep drunk drivers off the road.

      But, of course, no business is ever too useful or clever for government to hassle:

      [I]n April, the city of Bellevue told him the business was violating its home-base business zoning standards because it had more than two employees.

      Varela relocated to an Eastlake warehouse and filed for a new liquor license, but kept running the business.

      "I wasn't going to stop the business and shut it down,'' he said.

      While he waited for the license, a state liquor board conducted a sting, placing an order in Seattle.

      "Five minutes later they stormed the warehouse with three officers," Varela said.

      Why wouldn’t the city give him a liquor license?  According to City Attorney Tom Carr, businesses with liquor licensees are prohibited from selling to intoxicated people.  Even if these intoxicated people were at home, the city took offense.  Misdemeanor charges were brought against Varela.

      Varela shuttered i-Booze in August, just as it was starting to see positive cash flow.
      Gone are his plans to expand to San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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  • This Week's Show -- July 3, 2014

    DOOM AND GLOOM MEDIA: The media tell you about problems-like poverty, climate change, an energy "crisis." But "The Rational Optimist" Author Matt Ridley says "actually, things have been getting better, much better."

     

    LIFE GETS BETTER: Author Robert Bryce says most everything today is "Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper."

     

    FREE MARKETS: Vox.com writer Zack Beauchamp understands things are better. He says, "markets are a big part of the story... because they spark innovation." But he's also a lefty who believes is plenty of government regulation. I'll push him on that...

     

    FRACKING FEARS: Is fracking dangerous? People tell us it is. My state has banned it. But FrackNation creator Ann Mcelhinney says fracking is "a marvelous thing" and "we need more of it, not less."

     

    MEDICAL MARVELS: Today is one of the most exciting times in history for technology and medicine. Cardiologist Dr. Kevin Campbell explains that doctors now can provide things for patients, like 3D Printer produced organs, that we never imagined were possible.

     

    HOW FAR WE'VE COME: Chris Cheng is a gay and Asian male-a twofer in terms of historic discrimination. But now he works with the NRA and makes speeches about guns. That almost certainly would not have happened in the "good old days."

     

    MY TAKE: Politicians will destroy our future if they continue to ban innovation with regulation. But despite our irresponsible politicians, life has gotten better. Google will inform us about most anything within seconds. Facebook, Instagram, Skype, and email allow us to share all kinds of things. And all of it's free. If innovators can just keep creating new things faster than politicians and regulators can kill them, our future will indeed be the good NEW days.

     

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