FZ6: But yeah - it's the evil people giving us gasoline to get to our jobs every day. Makes sense - let's regulate the hell out of them to a sick amount (to the fact that under the even more ridiculous carbon credit system, refineries are only going to be alloted 2% of the credits) to where they have to shut down and more American jobs are lost.
CowboyNinjaD: Shadowknight: CowboyNinjaD: It's not his fault. He's just making the typical, cliche, anti-government argument.Like people who argue against a national health care system by comparing it to the DMV. You know, I've been a licensed driver since 1996. I think I've only had to go an actual office two or three times. I went once to get my temporary license and another time to take my test and get my real license.Then I moved to another state in 2003 and had to physically go to an office to get my picture taken for my new license. Other than that, everything has been through the mail or over the Internet.So yeah, the DMV, a true model of inefficiency.The DMV here in Virginia can be pretty atrocious, but I think it has more to do with the workers than the government involvement. They seem to hate the fact that their entire job is set up around giving everyone a hard time, pushing paperwork, and taking bad pictures while people blink.But as you said, I can do almost everything online these days, once you're in the system, so it's not that painful anymore.When I moved to Florida (the worst place in the world as far as Fark is concerned), they actually let me make an appointment to get my license changed over. So I show up, get my picture taken, take an eye exam and they hand me my new license. The whole thing took about 10 minutes.I've moved several times within the state since then, and every time I need to get a new card or update my registration, I do it over the Internet.I'm sure there are valid reasons for actually going into the DMV offices but I suspect that 90 percent of the people there are just old, foreign or stupid.
Dancin_In_Anson: lajimi: I don't much care for $4.00+ a gallon gas and these greedy bastiges jumping the price whenever they feel like it.Then don't buy it.
justtray: Also the Oil Companies aren't monopolies so much as oligopolies. There are very few of them. The problem then arises like it has that when they collude, it is bad for the economy. If they actually competed with one another, it may not be so bad.Where's the conservative outrage over the free market? Oh yeah, I forgot, they cherry pick their free market support.
DIGITALgimpus: SherKhan: Whatever. Just let's not get distracted from weening ourselves off oil again. I'm looking at you Zombie Reagan.Zombie Reagan sold out to opec before anyone even realized what was going on. Not his fault exactly. The Republican party since the 80's have been very much against moving away from oil since their base is heavily invested. Still is.That said... gas prices always climb in the spring as they convert the refineries to produce summer grade gas. Happens in the late summer/ early fall again for winter grade gas season.
TheShavingofOccam123: treat them like other utilities. regulate them and allow them a profit but no speculation and no price gouging.
Wizzin: Here we are in the "Worst economy in 50 years!!!" and oil prices are going up. Gonna be fun buying gas if/when the economy turns around.
Magics5RIP: Wizzin: Here we are in the "Worst economy in 50 years!!!" and oil prices are going up. Gonna be fun buying gas if/when the economy turns around.1.) Buy a diesel car2.) Fill with homemade biodiesel3.) ProfitCars are a luxury, not a right. This is like purchasing a big LCD TV but not wanting to pay for service or electricity. You want the convenience? Pay to play.
justtray: justtrayThe long answer is that just because price goes up and people buy less, that doesn't make a good elastic. You seem to completely have misunderstood what I wrote. Price goes up, but demand does not drop significantly because people still need or want the product, in this case need. They may drive less often, but they don't drop their consumption in the same way they would for another, more elastic good.Yes gas is an INELASTIC good. To say anything otherwise is simply not correct. Please see the above paragraph if you still don't understand. I'm guessing you don't because you didn't the first time. It's ok, economics is hard, stupid people just can't understand it.So in conclusion, YOU don't know what inelastic means, sadly.
Bukharin: You are trying to suggest the USPS is a soviet boogyman
TheShavingofOccam123: regulate them and allow them a profit but no speculation and no price gouging.
vabeard: I guess all of needs and foods arrive by some sort of magic fairy?
Dancin_In_Anson: Well, when gas was over $4 we changed a lot of things that reduced our expenses to offset the increase. Funny thing was we actually spent less when we started paying attention to the details of where the money was going.
lajimi: If demand stays the same the prices will jump. Maybe it's time to nationalize the oil industry./Back to over $4.00 a gallon by July.
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