Very often governments enact economic regulations under the justification that the restriction on free markets is necessary for the protection of the public. However, as often as not, the regula- tions are in fact enacted at the behest of entrenched market par- ticipants seeking protection from competitors. How should public officials respond when an enacted solution is demonstrated either to have no effect whatsoever or perhaps even to make the situation worse? In an ideal world, the government would repeal the policy and let liberty reign again, but as Texas’ restrictions on alcoholic beverages show, entrenched interests often interfere.