Saturday, May 07, 2005

Government Doing Great Things For Us: Raising Gas Prices!

The Corner leads us to The Volokh Conspiracy where we can read about the helpful Maryland regulators who are forcing gas stations to raise prices and stop giving away free coffee for....well, I'm not sure what for. In the middle of the piece is this snip of a column by the great Walter Williams:

A couple of weeks ago, heading down to George Mason University, I pulled into my favorite Wawa gasoline station just off the Bel Air, Md., exit on I-95 South. At each of the 20 gasoline pumps, there was a sign posted that Wawa would no longer dispense free coffee to its gasoline customers. Why? The station was warned that dispensing free coffee put it in violation of Maryland’s gasoline minimum-price law.

Here’s my no-brainer question to you: Do you suppose that Maryland enacted its gasoline minimum-price law because irate customers complained to the state legislature that gasoline prices were too low? Even if you had just 1 ounce of brains, you’d correctly answer no. Then, the next question is just whose interest is served by, and just who lobbied for, Maryland’s gasoline minimum-price law? If you answered that it was probably Maryland’s independent gas-station owners, go to the head of the class.

Next time someone bothers you with their "we need government to protect us from rapacious corporate greed" blather, ask them how they figure such nonsense. Thanks.

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