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Price Gouging and the Consequences of Elections

2nd Amend.

Price Gouging and the Consequences of Elections

On election day in 2012, I stood out in the cold handing out literature for the GOP candidate for Missouri’s attorney general. I was shivering next to a young man decked out in a camouflage hat and jacket. He was handing out literature for Democrats and we spoke for a while. He was a hunter and shared a few anecdotes about his last hunt. I didn’t care to get into the details of the differences between Ed Martin, the republican, and Chris Koster, the Democrat AG incumbent. Nor did I mention that Koster was whoring himself out to the Humane Society of the United States, ardent opponents of hunting. What I found interesting, though . . .

was that this avid hunter avidly supported Democrats up and down the line. These are the same politicians who are now calling for restrictions on any number of types of firearms. Perhaps he doesn’t shoot ugly black rifles. Maybe he thinks his Marlin .30-30 will never be banned.

I’m a conservative with a wide libertarian streak. I’m a Republican by necessity, usually supporting them as the lesser of two evils, though Ed Martin is a great guy and I think he would have made a great Attorney General.

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  • BeefnBean

    There really is no such thing as price gouging. When demand increases so too should the price. When the demand decreases, the price declines. Enter the politician, when demand increases such as a hurricane bearing down on Florida, the politician sees everyone running to the gas stations, buying plywood from lumber yards, etc and he steps in with his anti-price gouging laws to artificially hold the prices down. The result is shortages and no gas for days after the storm has passed. Price controls always lead to shortages. If they allowed the gas price to rise with the demand then it would be self rationing. You would fill your tank and maybe one or two 5 gallon cans at $6.00 per gallon instead of 10 five gallon cans with the price being held down to $3.00 by some political hack.

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