Category: Economics

Taxes and Prohibition: Taxes and Repeal (Effects of Tax Revenue & Its Sources on Prohibition & Repeal)

Taxes and Prohibition of alcohol were related. But ironically, so were taxes and Repeal. Here’s what happened. The Story. There were two major sources of federal government revenue for much of U.S. history. One was customs duties on imported products. The other was taxes on alcoholic beverages. About 30 to 40% of the government’s revenue came …

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Mail Alcohol through the USPS? Why Not Modernize?

It isn’t possible to mail alcohol. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) cannot ship alcohol through the mail. But beer, wine, and spirits can be sent though FedEx, UPS, and other private carriers. This inconveniences customers. It also harms the USPS. The restriction seems to result from anti-alcohol sentiment. It’s continued long after Prohibition was repealed …

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