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(Slate)   The Government Shutdown has resulted in no one knowing how much bacon should cost. END THE MADNESS NOW   (slate.com) divider line 19
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2013-10-08 09:11:26 AM  
It's good for people to realize how they depend on the government for solutions that they should make on their own. Brings about self reliance.
 
2013-10-08 09:11:28 AM  
The value of bacon is not measured in dollars.
 
2013-10-08 09:14:31 AM  
I think this exemplifies what a lot of conservatives feel about the federal government. How many people are employed full time putting together 2" binders with analysis of pork prices? Obviously at some point the marketplace worked just fine without a three deep layer of bureaucrats supporting it.
 
2013-10-08 09:14:43 AM  
This is all part of Obama's plan. First, increase the price of bacon, gradually making it a luxury item.

Next step Full On Sharia Law, muthafarkers!
 
2013-10-08 09:21:09 AM  
Bacon should always be free.

/Problem solved
 
2013-10-08 09:21:15 AM  

ZeroPly: I think this exemplifies what a lot of conservatives feel about the federal government. How many people are employed full time putting together 2" binders with analysis of pork prices? Obviously at some point the marketplace worked just fine without a three deep layer of bureaucrats supporting it.


Then hog farmers go out of business when supply outpaces demand, then prices skyrocket a few years later when there's no more supply and demand remains the same.
 
2013-10-08 09:23:57 AM  
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These guys should be able to help.
 
2013-10-08 09:25:05 AM  
I know what the price is, it is whatever it costs for me to go buy a hog and have it processed at the local butcher based on what we can agree a fair price would be (of course, I can shop around for the best price as well)

Like I do every time I need more pork...
 
2013-10-08 09:27:13 AM  
Must be why Fox News is calling it the Government Slimdown.
 
2013-10-08 09:29:00 AM  

enry: Then hog farmers go out of business when supply outpaces demand, then prices skyrocket a few years later when there's no more supply and demand remains the same.


This happens with or without the government.... my parents are hog farmers, I have seen prices as low as 16 cents per pound (about 15 years ago), current price is 91.6 cents per pound
 
2013-10-08 09:30:50 AM  

NewWayWest: Must be why Fox News is calling it the Government Slimdown.


Fox News wants you to eliminate bacon from your diet.

Like most things, they're not overly concerned with getting your consent first.
 
2013-10-08 09:31:59 AM  

ZeroPly: I think this exemplifies what a lot of conservatives feel about the federal government. How many people are employed full time putting together 2" binders with analysis of pork prices? Obviously at some point the marketplace worked just fine without a three deep layer of bureaucrats supporting it.


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Obviously, at some point the marketplace failed to provide what was needed, which was why a government program was devised to fill that need.
 
2013-10-08 09:39:09 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: The value of bacon is not measured in dollars.


So says they guy who doesn't bring home the bacon
 
2013-10-08 10:38:00 AM  
wait. It's not free under Obamacare?
 
2013-10-08 10:55:38 AM  

mbillips: ZeroPly: I think this exemplifies what a lot of conservatives feel about the federal government. How many people are employed full time putting together 2" binders with analysis of pork prices? Obviously at some point the marketplace worked just fine without a three deep layer of bureaucrats supporting it.

Inigomontoya.jpg

Obviously, at some point the marketplace failed to provide what was needed, which was why a government program was devised to fill that need.


No, that can't be true! Government just creates useless programs!
 
2013-10-08 11:14:49 AM  

mbillips: Obviously, at some point the marketplace failed to provide what was needed, which was why a government program was devised to fill that need.


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2013-10-08 12:21:46 PM  

enry: ZeroPly: I think this exemplifies what a lot of conservatives feel about the federal government. How many people are employed full time putting together 2" binders with analysis of pork prices? Obviously at some point the marketplace worked just fine without a three deep layer of bureaucrats supporting it.

Then hog farmers go out of business when supply outpaces demand, then prices skyrocket a few years later when there's no more supply and demand remains the same.


By your logic, Christmas trees would cost $350 one year and $12 the next. There are many other items where the supply chain does not rely on information from the federal government. If hog prices seesawed wildly from year to year, then I would imagine that hog farmers, the vast majority of who are factory farms controlled by large corporations, would hold during the bad years and sell during the good ones. If I can figure this out, then I'm sure that Smithfield Foods, with a market cap of $4.7 billion, has a few analysts who can.

Also, "demand remains the same" is kind of a stretch. Pork has an elastic demand curve. If pork chops cost $25 a pound, people will just get steak or chicken.
 
2013-10-08 02:11:04 PM  

jigger: mbillips: Obviously, at some point the marketplace failed to provide what was needed, which was why a government program was devised to fill that need.

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Most likely, yes.
 
2013-10-09 06:34:44 AM  

Kahabut: jigger: mbillips: Obviously, at some point the marketplace failed to provide what was needed, which was why a government program was devised to fill that need.

[fc07.deviantart.net image 850x634]

Most likely, yes.


If he's serious, that's some weapons grade naivete, or, if not, very clever sarcasm.
 
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