Stupid stupid stupid

New York AG goes after Craig’s List “gougers”. I understand that politicians have to do lots of dumb things in order to pander to their dumb constituents, but interfering with the free market disrupts the efficient delivery of the very goods and services most needed in a post-disaster area. With the possible exception of Paul Krugman, who seems immune to economic theory, there’s not an economist out there who supports these prosecutions and likewise, I know of few politicians with the understanding and courage to stand up to the mob’s blood lust. That includes Freddy Camillo, by the way, who introduced a “price-gouging” bill of his own in the last legislative session. I voted for him anyway – he’s a good guy – but I intend to bend his ear on he subject when I next encounter him.

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  1. Demmerkrat Patriot

    I thought price gouging litigation was “Attorney Welfare” ….

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    Don’t read the link if you don’t want to shit your panties.

    Malloy sold his budget on “shared sacrifice”. And raised taxes in Connecticut by $1.9 billion. The biggest increase in history. He claims in the press state workers are sharing this pain with numerous givebacks and concessions.

    The lead union negotiator Dan Livingston tells his union why they should ratify the contract and why it is such a good deal for them. “He told the membership: “You all, if you ratify this, have security that no other state worker in the country has, and I’d venture to say no other private sector workers. Nowhere else in the country will you find workers who know they won’t be laid off for four years no matter what happens.”
    And then came his kicker: “Now, the governor doesn’t exactly report it that way in the press,” Livingston said, “because of the whole shared sacrifice, etc.”

    He told the membership: “You all, if you ratify this, have security that no other state worker in the country has, and I’d venture to say no other private sector workers. Nowhere else in the country will you find workers who know they won’t be laid off for four years no matter what happens.”
    And then came his kicker: “Now, the governor doesn’t exactly report it that way in the press,” Livingston said, “because of the whole shared sacrifice, etc.”

    http://www.city-journal.org/2012/eon0918zj.html

    Pathetic, disgusting, immoral and downright despicable. Jackie Chiles Dude!!
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  3. Mr. Glass-Steagall

    CF,

    Take it slow before you jump to defend your free market heroes.

    I bumped into some of these guys last Monday in White Plains, NY. Two late model Minivans with two guys in each vehicle had pulled up right before I got there (about 10:00pm). Turns out they were from Brooklyn. They proceeded to fill up approximately 12 5-gallon water cooler jugs (like the Poland Spring Jug your colleagues struggle to pick up and get on the stand at the office), capping them with plastic and a rubber band.

    One of the guys explained to me that he had run out of gas with his car (in Brooklyn) when I began asking questions. They loaded their minivans up (6 jugs each), and off to (Brooklyn? Long Island? Jersey?) they went…risking a horrific crash (with some poor schmuck trying to get home to his family) in the process.

    Regulation baby.

    p.s. None of the above has helped me find a house!