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I will make one policy proposal. Some of my fellow libertarians hope that the Obama administration will put an end to the drug war. I hope so too, but I'm not too optimistic. Instead, I propose a smaller step toward freedom -- eliminating the federally mandated drinking age of 21. This mandate was a creature of Elizabeth Dole (who is no longer in the Senate to complain at its abolition), and it has unnecessarily limited the freedom of legal adults, old enough to fight for their country, to drink adult beverages.
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Barack Obama today told war veterans he won't lower the drinking age.
Army veteran Ernest Johnson, 23, of Connecticut, said one of the things that peeved him before he turned 21 was that he couldn't come home and drink a beer _ even though he was old enough to serve in the armed services and die for his country.
Obama told Johnson he sympathized, but that setting the legal drinking age at 21 had helped reduce drunken driving incidents and should remain.
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The Chicago Tribune today reports that more states are considering lowering the drinking age to 18 or 19. Discussions have been taking place in Vermont, New Hampshire, Missouri, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Here's a graphic of where the states stood in 1984 before the feds passed a law requiring the age to be 21.
When I turned 18 (in New York)the drinking age was 18. It seemed ridiculous to me that the states raised it. Here's more. What do you think? Take our poll below.
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Donald Trump believes in second chances. He's not going to fire Miss USA Tara Conner for underage drinking. Instead, she's going to rehab and will retain her title.
Ms. Connor turned 21 a few days ago.
Maybe it's time to lower the drinking age to 18. That's what it was in New York when I was that age.
If you're old enough to sign a contract, get married and die in a foreign war, you should be old enough to have a drink.
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