Wisconsin Lowering Drinking Age to 19?

Wisconsin Republicans lawmakers are circulating a bill to lower the minimum drinking age to 19. That’s a good start, but it really should be the age of maturity — 18.

The Wisconsin Libertarian Platform of Beliefs reminds us that, “Because only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed ‘crimes,’ we favor the repeal of federal, state and local laws restricting our fundamental freedom to govern our own lives.”

Who came up with the 21 drinking age anyway? It was a “highway safety” bureaucracy in Washington, not Congress. What other Western nations have a 21-year-old drinking age? None. A handful of other countries on the planet have such a high minimum age including: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Oman, Pakistan, Palau and Sri Lanka. The 21-year-old semi-prohibition law has created a number of problems.

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