College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.That is very compelling. The quote of the day is in regards to the stupidity of the current drinking age:
"This is a law that is routinely evaded," said John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Vermont who started the organization.You don't say? I'm sure some bureaucrat out there thinks that the law is just not enforced vigorously enough. And cue the foot stamping by MADD:
Mothers Against Drunk Driving says lowering the drinking age would lead to more fatal car crashes. It accuses the presidents of misrepresenting science and looking for an easy way out of an inconvenient problem. MADD officials are even urging parents to think carefully about the safety of colleges whose presidents have signed on.
"It's very clear the 21-year-old drinking age will not be enforced at those campuses," said Laura Dean-Mooney, national president of MADD.
Yeah, because enforcing the underage drinking laws that we have is working out so well. Way to go. MADD reminds me of another well known lobby that doesn't use logic, but instead relies on emotion to make their point.
Who could that be?