175 responses to “Ron Paul: Abolish all Price Controls – Let the Free Market Function!”

  1. Jacqueline Kruger

    We talk about greed in high places, like the politician who wants the most he can get for his constituents mostly for inconsequential purposes like preserving the Marsh rats in San Francisco, etc. while we complain about the greed of the business man who sees the opportunity to make some fast cash. The greed at the bottom is no more acceptable than the greed at the very top….the ruling class for instance who want to rule the world. Greed is ugly Greed, period! Greed will not get anyone into heaven…..Burning for eternity is not my idea as the way to go. Name it for what it is….Greed. Our forefathers were compassionate and helpful to one another who came upon hard times….What happened to us? From one, senior, who suffered that week in New Jersey without a generator for warmth and light and prayed a lot.

    Dr. Ron Paul, you indeed are presidential material and I am totally disgusted with the voting process in this country. I refuse to vote again until the voting process is corrected and the electoral votes are eliminated thereby eliminating the few swing states that actually call the election….how totally unfair causing corruption a reality.
    I hope and pray that we have the opportunity to vote considering that we have a fraudulent, dictator in office and more of the same behind him. God bless America!

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  2. Tom D.

    Don’t forget rising prices would accelerate supply, which would quickly bring prices to equilibrium. Free people are ingenious – high-margin profit-taking doesn’t last long. There were diesel generators sitting unused because gas was artificially cheaper than diesel.
    It’s stupidity masquerading as compassion.

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  3. Greg

    LET’S SIMPLIFY THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF EVENTS RON PAUL DESCRIBES HERE: Supply goes down. Demand goes up. Gas stations try to capitalize on this by jacking their prices up really high. As prices get ridiculously high, outside business owners say, “Hey, look at them. All those gas stations are charging $25 per gallon of gas. If we go in with our oil tankers we could sell it for $5 per gallon… then everyone would buy gas from US instead and we’d make a nice profit”. Essentially, COMPETITION between gas stations would start up and they would COMPETE for each others customers by trying to bring their gas prices down as low as possible.

    I saw someone saying that Ron Paul is forgetting that business owners are not naturally selfless & altruistic; they’re out to make a profit. Ron Paul didn’t forget that. It’s the DESIRE TO MAKE A PROFIT that compels gas stations to jack up their prices, and it’s the DESIRE TO MAKE A PROFIT that would compel outside gas companies to ENTER the disaster area to compete with the extra high gas prices that are already in that market.

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  4. J.F.

    I sincerely appreciate the contributions Ron Paul has made to our country and hope he continues his crusade. But in the best interest of that crusade I think it wise to inject more behavioral reality into the argument so as to increase the odds of real success. Specifically regarding the argument for abolishing price controls surrounding the hurricane Sandy crisis and less specifically regarding the Libertarian platform in general.
    I suggest that one consider the irrational demands of the public as the driving force behind the price controls. If the public is not educated to understand the impact of their choices, in this case to accept price controls in the first place, then they themselves are the real cause, not the Federal government.
    If price controls had not been put in place, the people would have cried foul over price gouging (this you can be sure of). And, in an election year, all candidates seeking election or re-election would have offered their own “bribe” to the public in the form of relief. A “bribe” that the public is always willing to accept. So is this really the fault of the politicians? No, not really. It’s the fault of the citizen who wants immediate relief or gratification regardless of the long term consequences.
    Call it what you will, but the public fails to understand the impact of their own demands and when politicians don’t respond to those demands, no matter how self defeating they may be, elected officials face the likelihood they will be voted out of office.
    Understanding this underlying dynamic is essential to building a platform that might enjoy political success.

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  5. Michael

    I can understand what he is saying. However, I also cannot agree. I am a New Jersey resident so I admit bias. My experience with Sandy and the gas lines should at least grant me a bit of credibility. Hurricane Sandy hit and we were left without power for roughly a week. It may not sound so terrible but it definitely wasn’t a pleasant experience either. NJ residents were desperate for gas. Not because they wanted to fill their SUV but because they required it for their generators. Generators consume quite a bit of gas. My family and I maintained a 2 hours on 5 hours off schedule, which I would consider conservative, and we were burning through more gas then we originally had planned for. Other’s I know needed their generators to power their water pumps for well water, sump pumps to prevent flooding, heating baby bottles for newborn children, and many other reasons which I consider essential and not a matter of luxury. Lastly, keep the fridge on a few hours was a must. After a few days, the grocery stores were empty. Entire aisles were gone. Keeping the refrigerator on a for a bit became pretty important as well as food was getting harder to come by.

    Raising gas prices would have been dangerous. People looked to the gas stations to get their gas. Had gas prices skyrocketed… trust me when I say,people would have started stealing gas from cars and trucks. That would have lead to a true wild west scenario. People were frightened and desperate. People do crazy things when they are in that state. While I agree with Ron Paul on many issues… I can’t on this one.

    As for the person who mentioned public services, in my experience, public services had precedence over the general public. Some stations were only serving Police, Fire, Ambulances, and Electric Repair vehicles.

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    1. David J. Sanchez

      Michael, you are not completely understanding what Ron Paul is saying. Basically he mentioned that there came into being a black market situation where certain individuals would purchase more fuel than necessary, then turn around and charge much higher prices for the same fuel. If the stations involved would have been allowed to raise the price to a higher supply emergency demand level, people would truly conserve (buying less and allowing others access) which would mean that the stations to stay open longer, and serve more of the citizens, who needed fuel, but faced an empty station, because of those who hoarded the gasoline. I do feel compassion for all the people who faced this disaster, as my oldest son who was living in Hoboken, N.J. faced losses from this storm and we have made contributions to the Red Cross.

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    2. Dane

      I can understand the issue of looting but when the prices go up they are very temporary. When supply comes in it will lower the demand and reset or at least offset the cost. This idea is very important though. If prices are held to low it does not show the scarcity of the product. People are less likely to conserve what little they have and instead just overstock on the product. Let me give you an example, if you go into a grocery store in a disaster area such as this and they have a sale on water what will happen with the water? The first few people in will have bought up all the water leaving nobody else with any. If prices on water remained the same people will not consider the need to conserve nearly as much as the prices do not show that there is a real problem in the disruption of the product. However, if prices go up, now you have to calculate how much you need with how much you can afford of that product so that you and yours can live. However, with lower prices, since water is vital for life the first few could only get the product now everybody is left with increased risk of death from no water or increased risk of sickness from drinking bad water.

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  6. Brent

    I think one of the premises of Libertarianism is that governments cannot be trusted and governments do not do things for the better of the people. Governments are fire. Like controlled burnings, small governments have the function of consuming what big governments need to grow-power. Governments of any side will pretend to ally with the people to fight off competition.
    What people often do not realize is that our own government is really just the biggest corporation of all. It has no need to appease the people so when price controls are put in place, this is done for ulterior motives. Mostly it is done as an ongoing way of keeping large corporations in their place because the more powerful any corporation gets, the more independent and competitive it becomes from the biggest corporation of all.
    One real easy way to ease the burden and lower the price of gas would be for the largest profiteers of gasoline-that would be federal government and it’s state franchises to stop gouging consumers in times of need with gas taxes.

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  7. MC

    Mr Paul,

    I have been and AM a supporter of your platform, however I cannot agree with this article “abolish all price controls”. In times of economic calm this may work to some extent but in times of crisis it does not. I went through hurricane Katrina. While sitting in evacuation traffic we watched as gas station attendants changed the cost of gas before our eyes. Removing trees from rooftops and yards became a $2000/hr business. Unskilled labor became a $50K /yr job. None for lack of supply. On the other side of the coin, grocery stores opened their doors in the dark without power and sold their wares without price hikes, many with hand tools and heavy equipment worked tirelessly for average wages or none at all to help.

    My understanding of this is that the free market is great to a point however Some cannot restrain themselves, and will sacrifice the futures of their neighbors in order to “supersize” their personal accounts. We have all now endured this on a world wide level for several years now.

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    1. David J. Sanchez

      You are not fully understanding what he is saying, which is that with the higher prices people conserve, keeping the stations opened longer for everyone to have access, and as the situation changes the prices naturally will fall to the “normal” competitive level. Basically if one station charges way too much he will get no business whatsoever, which means that he will lower his price. The government never solves a problem, but ALWAYS DELAYS A PROBLEMS SOLUTION, by intervening and interfering the market solutions. I guess it all goes back to people being conditioned into never seeing the whole picture of the economy.

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  8. Corvus133

    Well thought up comment. Insightful. Deep.

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  9. E. M.

    I think there should be a middle ground. I understand your stance and see that on a macro scale, it would be effective. However, we must recognize the human condition. It is not always altruistic and compassionate. Some may have really needed the gas, but would not have been able to pay for the gouging…and it could caused even more issues.
    Therefore, let’s try a more even-handed approach, but I respect your opinion and like where you are headed.

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    1. Oliver

      Everyone really needed the gas. I could give hospitals and police/firemen that they would need gas to function in order to quell the damages and repair the systems, but which private person “needs” gas so badly, all other private persons become suddenly “unworthy” of getting their gas? Need really isn’t the determining factor here.

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  10. Kelly Medley

    We have planes of our own.

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  11. Kelly Medley

    Ron Paul is such an awesome teacher. Thank God we have him down here in Texas, I sure pray his son has his same values and carries them forward.

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  12. Kelly Medley

    Amen.

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  13. French Canadian

    Robin,

    Yes, Oregon is on the list. It has 10,158 signatures.

    See this:

    Citizens from 34 States Petition the White House to Secede from the U.S.
    http://www.infowars.com/citzens-from-34-states-petition-the-white-house-to-secede-from-the-u-s/

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  14. French Canadian

    Robin,

    You will have all your informations on these sites:

    The BBC
    http://www.londonfreelance.org/rates/owners/_bbc.html

    Who Owns NPR?
    http://elingreso.com/2009/12/22/who-owns-npr/

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  15. French Canadian

    Robin,

    On the Alex jones Show today:

    “Government insider Steve Pieczenik will blow the lid off what he says is the truth behind the tragedy in Benghazi and the General Petraeus mega-scandal, then Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, will break down Obama’s plan to eradicate the Second Amendment in his second term.”

    Plus, these articles might interest you:

    Former CIA Officer: White House Is ‘Lying’ Over Petreaus Investigation (Video)
    http://www.infowars.com/former-cia-officer-white-house-is-lying-over-petreaus-investigation/

    “They are lying.” – Gary Bernsten, Former CIA Operative”

    Petraeus Affair: Another General Under Investigation for “Inappropriate Emails”
    http://www.infowars.com/petraeus-affair-another-general-under-investigation-for-inappropriate-emails/

    Paula Broadwell’s Father: ‘This Is About Something Else Entirely, And The Truth Will Come Out’
    http://www.infowars.com/paula-broadwells-father-this-is-about-something-else-entirely-and-the-truth-will-come-out/

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  16. PaxAeterna7

    IN ANY WAR BETWEEN FREEDOM AND TYRANNY,
    SUPPORT FREEDOM.
    + + + SUPPORT PALESTINE + + +
    DEFEAT ZIONIST TERRORISM
    Google Boycott Israel Campaign and BDS Campaign dot net

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  17. PaxAeterna7

    IN ANY WAR BETWEEN FREEDOM AND TYRANNY,
    SUPPORT FREEDOM.
    + + + SUPPORT PALESTINE + + +
    DEFEAT ZIONIST TERRORISM
    Google Boycott Israel Campaign and BDS Campaign dot net

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  18. PaxAeterna7

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” -You Gentiles, 1924 by Jewish Author Maurice Samuel
    The Presidential Debate on foreign policy:
    Romney “I love Israel and Jews more than you do”.
    Obama “No you don’t, I love Israel and Jews more than you”.
    Romney “No you don’t, I do”.
    Obama “No you don’t, I do”.
    Romney “No you don’t, I do”.
    Obama “No you don’t, I do”.

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  19. PaxAeterna7

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” -You Gentiles, 1924 by Jewish Author Maurice Samuel
    The Presidential Debate on foreign policy:
    Romney “I love Israel and Jews more than you do”.
    Obama “No you don’t, I love Israel and Jews more than you”.
    Romney “No you don’t, I do”.
    Obama “No you don’t, I do”.
    Romney “No you don’t, I do”.
    Obama “No you don’t, I do”.

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  20. Anton Callahan

    You’re an idiot.

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  21. fr33mannh

    as i have heard from another; LOGIC before AUTHORITY! (logic+authority=oxymoronic fucktards)

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  22. usctrojanscal

    I move to texas

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  23. Jane Brown

    Are you going to run in 2016? Have Rand or Gary as your VP. You’ll definitely win!

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  24. CigamEsrevinu

    Are you going to run in 2016? Have Rand or Gary as your VP. You’ll definitely win!

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  25. Jane Brown

    It doesn’t matter how many guns you have…. They’ll poison you first with Chemtrail tranquilizer gas from airplanes and then come in physically.

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  26. CigamEsrevinu

    It doesn’t matter how many guns you have…. They’ll poison you first with Chemtrail tranquilizer gas from airplanes and then come in physically.

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  27. Jane Brown

    huh? Are you joking??

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  28. CigamEsrevinu

    huh? Are you joking??

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  29. Surfisher

    ***Petition for Texas to secede from US reaches threshold for White House response***

    The People are finally Waking Up!
    —————————————–

    The petition on WhiteHouse.gov asks the Obama administration to “peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.” The petition had surpassed 34,000 signatures as of Monday evening.

    (interesting language: “to peacefully grant”…what would happen if it is not peacefully granted?)

    Similar petitions from other states have also been filed including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. However, unlike the petition from Texas, none of these states had reached the 25,000-signature threshold to get an official White House response as of Monday evening (with 30 days to go, how many States would also qualify?)!

    Here is the MSM link (with their usual spin):

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/12/15117305-petition-for-texas-to-secede-from-us-reaches-threshold-for-white-house-response?lite

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  30. HipHop101Tv

    GARY JOHNSON IS FAKE.. like Rand Paul~

    Ron Paul 2016

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    1. Brent

      Gary isn’t fake. Neither is Rand. Gary represents the Liberal extreme of Libertarianism. Rand represents the Conservative extreme. Both are far better than the current administrations. I would even argue that both are the only bona fide “waste your vote on me” candidates.
      One only needs to look at Gary’s record as governor in budget and vetoes to see that he could never fit in as a Democrat or Republican. Supporting licensed gay marriage is definitely not Libertarian, I agree. But few people will ever be perfectly Libertarian. I am sort of glad he supports it because that is one more issue they can argue with when the Republicans come wanting his voters saying they are all really closet Republicans. Gays getting married is really not that big of an issue-not like it is made out to be and will not be the downfall of this country.

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  31. HipHop101Tv

    RON PAUL 2016~

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  32. robin

    Surfisher, French Canadian,
    I thought Oregon was on that list? Also, who owns the BBC and NPR? Do you know? Corporate owned????

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  33. dee jay

    did you hear anything else? he explains why this is his opinion.. and its supported by history.

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  34. Abyss Killa

    Fuck you Paul…..prices should go up…..your an idiot….like your followers….

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  35. abysskilla2014

    Fuck you Paul…..prices should go up…..your an idiot….like your followers….

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