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Posted by: Mike Mishler

Okay time for a little trip through deregulation history.
The idea of deregulartion is that if you let an industry regulate itself the natural forces of the market will make it more efficient and better at responding to consumers needs. Does it work?

Airlines~ Deregulation was supposed to encourage competition, give consumers more choices and lower prices. Hmm, Yeah that worked, It all smiles, and champagne in the friendly (We’ll have to charge you for that smile) skies. So yeah, that worked.

Utilities and power companies~ Deregulation was going to be good for consumers, good for the economy (especially for caviar producers) lower prices, and boost the use of clean, renewable power sources. Yeah that worked. Um, what about Enron? Or the companies who caused black outs by shutting down power plants when they were needed most so they could drive up energy costs. As for clean energy, they are now promoting “clean” burning coal power. Smoke, soot, and asthma are the new green.

Wall Street~ Sure, let the engine of the world’s economy regulate itself. Heck they wouldn’t do anything to hurt themselves, or us, in the name of short-term dividends and billion dollar bonuses. How’s that working? Apparently we’d have been better off hiring a pack of wild dingoes to baby-sit our kids.

Speaking of dingoes, now we’re at the point where Congress has listened to the call of the wild dingo, and mynah birds, (Drill baby drill! Squawk!) and is going to allow offshore drilling. The mynahs are just repeating what they’ve been told to say and the dingoes are promising to be good. They say drilling is much safer and cleaner today than it was in the bad old days when they didn’t have to care about seagulls and seals. All they ask is to please (they’re saying please) take away any restrictions and roll back those pesky regulations that cut into productivity. If we give them what they want all will be not just hunky, but hunky dory in 12 to 30 years. Remember they’re not in this business for profit they’re doing it for the economy, for our national security, but most of all, for our children. They love children.

Date Posted: October 8, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

1 Comment »

  1. Hey - whatta have against dingos???

    Comment by maureen — October 9, 2008 @ 10:10 am

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