Obama’s Justice Department Drunk with Power

By Lloyd the Idiot

In yet another appalling abuse of power, the Obama Justice Department has filed suit to enjoin the merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo citing the reduction in number of beer choices for Americans that would occur as a result of the merger.  Mind you, neither of the merging corporations are American –  with crap like this, can you blame them?

Just look at how ludicrous this is.  Even if AB completely shut  down the Modelo brands altogether, the US would still have more than 2,000 breweries and probably 10,000 types of beer!   Indeed, even if the merger caused some incremental (but more fairly characterized as imaginary) price increases, considering the taxes the federal and state governments already impose on beer, those increases are almost irrelevant.  If the government were really worried about competition, it would reduce the outrageous $7/barrell federal excise tax.

I need a drink.


Comments

  • Sane Person says:

    You rarely see suits to “enjoy the merger” anymore. People pretty much just enjoy without engaging in litigation. Stupid enjoying lawyers.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Beer!

    I brew my own or buy “micro” brews. AB products (InBev now) are wonders in chemistry and consistency — but fail generally on flavor.

    We are in a beer renaissance and the our reps in the state capitol ought to streamline brewing regs to take advantage. Too much time spent on vaginas and not enough time reducing regs that would free up entrepreneurs.

    Regarding this “appalling abuse of power”, I need to research a bit to found out what is really behind this…

  • Cato the Elder says:

    /facepalm

  • liberal anthropologist says:

    Lloyd,

    Great post. I enjoyed it.

  • Elder Berry says:

    The real question of course is not how many alternatives there are, but what percentage of the market these two control.

  • Scout says:

    These merger analyses are largely a paint-by-numbers exercise based on a formula that gauges market power. It would come out the same way in either a Republican or Democratic administration. Thank God there are a multitude of smaller breweries that have blossomed in the last twenty years. If you youngsters had had to grow up to beer-drinking age when I did (in the mid 1960s) you would have a choice of Budweiser, Miller’s, Schlitz, Pabst, and a few other regional beers. They all tasted like bubbly puppy pee. We are so much better off now.

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