As we were just speaking of bad ideas, here is one from Wisconsin. The WSJ says:
Wisconsin state regulators seem determined to outdo him [The Donald] by making themselves as unpopular in Ireland by banning state grocery stores from selling one of the Emerald Isle’s most popular (and tasty) products: Kerrygold butter. [Kerrygold and Irish soda bread is worth the trip]
Tariffs are not the only impediment to trade. Regulations can be equally effective. In this case, according to the Daily Mail, it is a lovely piece of regulatory Catch -22:
A state law instituted in 1970 prohibits anything other than Grade A milk products from being distributed in Wisconsin.
Because Kerrygold is made from grass-fed cow’s milk in Ireland, it isn’t graded by the USDA – leaving loyal fans in Wisconsin out in the cold. [NB: the only relevant parts are Ireland and USDA]
It is a neat regulatory trick but one we should eliminate. In a GOP controlled state we need to have this undone quickly. Perhaps the lesson will translate to Washington but we, like the WSJ, have our doubts.