So they are a consortium?Toxick said:The aforementioned monopolistic behavior is why these companies are often referred to as a unit: "Big Oil".
Maybe the could go to Europe and pay $5-$7 a gallon. :shrug:vraiblonde said:So they are a consortium?
And what do you propose to do when oil companies form a consortium and all agree that their prices will be such-and-such? It's not like this is China and you can just confiscate all their equipment and Socialize the oil industry. And I am against the government regulating oil prices, similar to how California regulated their electricity prices - we all remember how well THAT turned out. It got Gray Davis thrown out of office, it worked so well.
It slays me that we live in the BEST country in the world, where we want for nothing - we're not starving, we're not unsheltered or unclothed, we don't have Sally Struthers crying over our fly-blown children. So what do we ##### about? Gas prices.
Go live in China. Go to Mexico. Go to any country in Africa. I hear gas is cheap in Venezuela.
So, we're an exceptional country then.vraiblonde said:It slays me that we live in the BEST country in the world, where we want for nothing - we're not starving, we're not unsheltered or unclothed, we don't have Sally Struthers crying over our fly-blown children.
Why not? We're exceptional. Who cares about China, Mexico, Africa, or Venezuela when speaking of the money coming out of my wallet? I don't really care. If we're an exceptional country I think we can b*tch about any minute detail we want. We've stood the test of time and have succeeded, let the other countries worry about the problems we faced decades or centuries ago and let us worry about our prissy issues. We've earned our b*tching degree.vraiblonde said:So what do we ##### about? Gas prices.
True dat. But you can't have everything. And I'm not a person who casts about for something to complain about.BuddyLee said:We've earned our b*tching degree.
FromTexas said:Maybe the could go to Europe and pay $5-$7 a gallon. :shrug:
This is a true story, by the way. In New Jersey, it is against the law to pump your own gas. There are signs all over the pumps warning you to wait for an attendant. So the kid comes over and, curious, I ask why this is. And he goes, "...it's the law..." with this stupid look on his face.Larry Gude said:...I can't WAIT to listen to these people really ##### once the government pumps open up. It'll be like Jersey; mandatory full service.
Tehre's pumps open all the time but, well, you gotta wait like everyone else.
This kid comes out and starts filling us and we ask "So, why is it full serve only in Jersey?'
Kid, thinking about it...
"Duh, err, well, it's the law."
http://www.mdpolicy.org/research/pubID.33/pub_detail.aspFromTexas said:Of course they are priced about the same, Bru. Because Exxon doesn't set the prices except within a small fraction.
Commodities, regulations, commodities, regulations, commodities, regulations...
How can you march when you don't even know they're MAKING a law like this? They did the seatbelt law the same way - snuck it in.SmallTown said:I'm sure people from all over maryland marched in Annaoplis in support of this law!
Doncha just love it? People wasting their time excoriating Exxon, when they should take a look at what their lawmakers are up to.Annapolis has a history of restricting price competition to protect politically connected businessmen, so their call did not go unheeded.
I'm pretty much with you on the gas situation. It sucks but I don't really care to complain about it so much. Unless you're going to actually DO something about it, shut up. Otherwise, stop complaining to me and every other pedestrian on the street.vraiblonde said:True dat. But you can't have everything. And I'm not a person who casts about for something to complain about.
Okay, yes I do. But gas prices are so far down on my list that they're nonexistent.
Well... what else is new. Do you do any shopping Vrai, or does Larry do that? I ask because you seem to be clueless about how retail sales work. Most anything that is sold... food, electronics, clothes, jewelry, watches, pizza, etc., have multiple items that are priced at high and low price points, generally with a 35% to 45% price difference, but sometimes a lot more. Speaking of shoes, a consumer who can't afford a pair of $150 Nikes can afford a pair of $19 Starters, so the consumer's needs are being met. People who want to pay $2.99 for Wonder bread due to it's perceived quality can do that, and those who don't care about brand names can by store bread for .99 a loaf. Again, the consumer's needs are being met. Now, why is this happening? It's happening because people don't need bread or sneakers to get through their lives. So it's not enough for retailers to compete against similar stores, they also need to compete with needs vs. wants as well.vraiblonde said:Whatever you may have been trying to get across blew right over my head.