I admit, I’m being a bit tongue-in-cheek.
I’m a 24-year-old, recent college grad who still has solid connections to my alma mater’s student body. I live (and attended college) in Virginia, a red state with a blue dog problem. For the sake of not tarnishing the reputation of my alma mater, I won’t mention which school I attended. Suffice it to say, however, that we students are hardcore party animals. And we know our alcohol prices.
Heck, it’s that way at almost every school.
At my school, I was also heavily involved in the College Republicans. For those of you who have not had the wonderful experience of working, living, eating, and slaving in the trenches with the CRs, you should know that their double-entendre motto is “The Best Party On Campus.”
Now we found that, while college students are very interested in idealistic application of ideas, if you were to mention the words “supply-side economics” or “market competition,” you’d be able to watch the glazed looks appearing almost instantly — no matter how wonkish the student. But if you were to apply market competition to, say, alcohol prices…suddenly, students may become interested.
Because if Bob McD says, “Hey look: Free enterprise makes your parties rock harder,” suddenly, a broad swath of college students might take another look at Friedmanesque market competition.
Even though it’s not being billed this way (no serious gubernatorial candidate would ever say that in public), it’d be awesome for College Republicans to take that angle and run with it. It’s funny, edgy, and has the added benefit of being technically correct.
Kate Maxwell, are you listening?