650 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

April 14, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

619 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

March 29, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

608 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

March 11, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

New York Times: “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law”

Before I get to the new article from the New York Times, I’d like to point out a few other things from the past.

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare’s employer mandate is a tax.

This particular Obamacare tax only applies to “full time” jobs, which Obamacare defines as 30 or more hours per week.

So, Obamacare is a tax on full time employment.

Everyone knows that whatever you tax, you get less of. For example, after Obama increased the cigarette tax by 61 cents per pack in 2009, John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, said:

“Raising the price of tobacco products is one of the most effective approaches to encouraging people to quit and preventing kids from picking up the deadly habit in the first place.”

In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE, all of whom endorsed Obama in both elections, sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will

“destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”

Now, The New York Times, which also endorsed Obama in both elections, is reporting:

Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law

Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.

Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.

In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said.

Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.

In Virginia, part-time state employees are generally not allowed to work more than 29 hours a week on average over a 12-month period. Thousands of part-time state employees had been working more than that

To hold down the work hours of school bus drivers, Vigo County has reduced field trips for children and cut back transportation to athletic events. School employees who had two part-time jobs totaling more than 30 hours a week — for example, bus driver and basketball coach — were required to give up one of the jobs.

The Obama administration says “there is absolutely no evidence” of any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.

The American Federation of Teachers lists on its website three dozen public colleges and universities in 15 states that it says have restricted the work assignments of adjunct or part-time faculty members to avoid the cost of providing health insurance.

The University of Akron, in Ohio, has cut back the hours of 400 part-time faculty members who were teaching more than 29 hours a week, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for the school.

February 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics, Unions. Leave a comment.

Hugo Chavez was an incompetent, communist dictator, who wreaked havoc on Venezuela’s ability to produce goods and services

Last year, Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, died.
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February 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Politics. 1 comment.

557 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

February 12, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

539 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

January 23, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Kim Jong Un shows Europe why North Korea is superior at cutting edge technology

The Washington Post just published this article and photograph. I realize that this sounds like satire from the Onion, but it really is a real news article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/12/31/this-photo-of-kim-jong-un-riding-a-ski-lift-is-north-koreas-way-of-flipping-off-europe/

This photo of Kim Jong Un riding a ski lift is North Korea’s way of flipping off Europe

December 31, 2013


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects the Masik Pass ski resort


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes a solemn ski lift ride during his inspection tour at the Masik Pass ski resort, near Wonsan, North Korea.

I’ll explain. Kim is thought to have developed a love for skiing when he went to boarding school (under a fake identity) in Switzerland. One of his pet projects since taking power two years ago has been building a giant ski resort, something that does not immediately serve the world’s poorest country but would be meant as a show of national greatness. So Kim made it a top national priority to build the resort, Masik Pass, and work has been proceeding feverishly.

But Kim’s pet project hit a major snag this August: ski lifts. Kim just could not get his hands on any ski lifts. North Korea doesn’t have the technology to build its own. And the countries that make them all tend to be in the West, where new sanctions imposed in March make it illegal to sell luxury goods to the Hermit Kingdom. North Korea tried offering millions of dollars to Austrian and French companies to import ski lifts, but both said no.

Finally, North Korea tried to import from a Swiss company, offering $7.7 million for the lifts. It would be a logical choice: The country’s well-known history of neutrality at times extends even to Pyongyang. But the Swiss government blocked the deal, calling the Masik Pass resort a “propaganda project.”

Pyongyang was so angry it issued a furious response via official state outlet KCNA, declaring, “This is an intolerable mockery of the social system and the people of the DPRK and a serious human rights abuse that politicizes sports and discriminates against the Koreans.” Yes, you read that correctly: North Korea called Switzerland’s refusal to sell it ski lifts a “serious human rights abuse.”

In the four months since Switzerland blocked the sale, North Korea appears to have somehow acquired ski lifts. It’s not clear how or from where; presumably they’re confident in the lift’s safety for Kim himself to take this lonely ride up the slope. The photo is surely meant primarily to demonstrate to North Koreans that the ski resort is coming along and that the ski lifts have the leader’s confidence. But it’s hard not to also see this as Kim thumbing his nose at Europe, as if to say that he doesn’t need their stinking ski lifts anyway.

North Korean state media called the ski lift a “great monumental structure.” Kim reportedly said that the resort was “at the center of the world’s attention” (it’s a central myth of North Korean propaganda that the entire globe is rapt with admiration and wonderment at North Korea’s every ribbon-cutting) and said it would open as soon as possible.

January 3, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Humor, Politics. 2 comments.

It’s the Obama 500!

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

December 28, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

477 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

December 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

Obama says we should raise the minimum wage, but barackobama.com advertises for “unpaid” interns

In February 2013, Obama said:

“Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.”

However, barackobama.com advertises for “unpaid” interns. The bolding is mine:

https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/organizing-for-action-hq-internship—chicago

HQ Internship Opportunity:

OFA is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time HQ Interns for the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 HQ Internship Programs in Chicago, IL. HQ Interns will have the unique opportunity to work closely with staff in advancing the President’s agenda. Departmental placements available include Grassroots Organizing, Training, Issue Campaigns, Digital, Press and Finance. Please include your departmental placement preferences in your cover letter. Accepted HQ Interns will be paired with departments based on their stated interest, qualifications and availability. This is a 14-week, unpaid internship program.

Please note that our Washington, D.C. location is not our primary location and has a limited number of staff and, accordingly, internship positions available. As a result, we are no longer considering candidates for this location.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with a strong desire to learn and a deep commitment to OFA’s mission. Requirements of the candidate include:

Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

Strong desire to learn and work in the field of public service, grassroots organizing, and political engagement

Strong project management skills

Detail oriented, thinking critically and creatively

Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment

Strong commitment to changing the world

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If you are interested in volunteering in your state, consider applying to the Organizing for Action Organizing Fellowship Program.

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December 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Economics, Politics. Leave a comment.

I dare liberals to buy a McDonald’s franchise, and pay the workers $15 an hour

Liberals are always talking about how easy it would be for McDonald’s to pay its workers $15 an hour.

However, so far, no liberal has actually bought a McDonald’s franchise and paid those wages.

So, I dare liberals to prove that it’s as easy as they claim it is. I dare liberals to buy a McDonald’s franchise, and pay the workers $15 an hour.

December 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Economics, Politics. 5 comments.

Poll: If you could abolish income inequality, or poverty, but not both, which one would you choose?

December 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Politics, Polls. 5 comments.

Obama asks us to “forget” his broken promise to reduce annual premiums by $2,500

In February 2008, Obama said:

We are going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president.”

However, by the time his first term was over, family premiums had gotten bigger, not smaller. The increase was $3,065 per family.

Afterward, the Obama administration chose a video called “Forget About the Price Tag” as the winner of its contest for videos to promote Obamacare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpRNAkG-Nx0

December 4, 2013. Tags: , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics. 4 comments.

446 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

November 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Why did Democrats give Obamacare an annual marriage tax of up to $11,028 per couple?

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.

According to the Obamacare calulator, Obamacare places an annual tax on married couples for being married instead of single. The amount of this tax depends upon the ages, incomes, and parental status of the married couple.

According to the Obamacare calculator, the extreme case of this tax occurs with a 60-year-old married couple with no children, where the two spouses have identical incomes totaling $62,041 per year. Under this scenario, according to the Obamacare calculator, Obamacare gives them an annual tax of $11, 028 for being married instead of single.

Why did Democrats give Obamacare this marriage tax?

Everyone knows that whatever you tax, you get less of. For example, after the Democrats increased the cigarette tax by 61 cents per pack in 2009, John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, said:

“Raising the price of tobacco products is one of the most effective approaches to encouraging people to quit and preventing kids from picking up the deadly habit in the first place.”

Mr. Seffrin’s comment makes perfect sense. Everyone knows that whatever you tax, you get less of, which is why Democrats have never, and will never, create an abortion tax.

So, why did Democrats give Obamacare an annual marriage tax of up to $11,028 per couple?

I am not a Democrat, so I cannot answer that question with 100% certainly. However, I can take my best, educated guess.

The only explanation that I can think of is that Democrats want to discourage people from being married. They want to discourage single people from getting married, and they want to encourage married people to get divorced.

If that’s not their reason, then what else could their reason possibly be?

November 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

407 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

October 29, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 3 comments.

365 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

 

October 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

345 reasons why Obama supporters should feel embarrassed and ashamed

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

October 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

Obamacare gives married couples an annual tax of up to $11,028 for being married instead of single

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.

According to the Obamacare calulator, Obamacare places an annual tax on married couples for being married instead of single. The amount of this tax depends upon the ages, incomes, and parental status of the married couple.

According to the Obamacare calculator, the extreme case of this tax occurs with a 60-year-old married couple with no children, where the two spouses have identical incomes totaling $62,041 per year. Under this scenario, according to the Obamacare calculator, Obamacare gives them an annual tax of $11, 028 for being married instead of single.

September 26, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Economics, Health care. 1 comment.

French politicians think Amazon, Google, and Facebook were created by government bureaucrats

When it comes to successful American internet companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook, the French government wants the European Union to  “level the playing field,” and thinks that government regulation is needed to “allow the emergence of alternatives in Europe to U.S. Web giants.”

What idiocy.

American internet companies did not become successful due to an “uneven playing field,” or because of U.S. regulations that “allowed the emergence” of successful internet companies. Instead, American internet companies became successful because they created great websites that gave their customers what the customers wanted.

All the regulations in the world won’t give France a single successful internet company. Successful internet companies are created by entrepreneurs and programmers, not by government bureaucrats.

Reuters reports:

France calls for EU to regulate Web giants to counter dominance

France is pushing for the European Union to regulate global internet companies like Google, Amazon.com, and Facebook more aggressively, to counter their growing dominance over online commerce and services.

In an interview published by Liberation newspaper on Thursday, France’s minister for the digital economy, Fleur Pellerin, said Europe needed new regulatory powers to intervene much earlier, to level the playing field in the internet economy and allow the emergence of alternatives in Europe to U.S. Web giants.

She said Europe needed to be able to act quickly, as soon as problems are identified, rather than getting tied up in lengthy and costly disputes that did nothing to help consumers.

“The current tools of competition law are totally unsuited to the fast-changing world of the Internet,” Pellerin said in the interview conducted in French. “To get out of this impasse, Europe needs a regulatory authority to act on an ex-ante basis, as soon as conflicts and abuse emerge on the part of internet platforms.”

September 20, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Police state, Politics, Technology, War against achievement. 1 comment.

Shaniqua Davis, it’s not McDonald’s fault that you chose to become an unmarried, teenage mother

Recently, McDonald’s employees have been going on strike to try to get paid $15 an hour. Associated Press reports:

Shaniqua Davis, 20, lives in the Bronx with her boyfriend, who is unemployed, and their 1-year-old daughter. Davis has worked at a McDonald’s a few blocks from her apartment for the past three months, earning $7.25 an hour. Her schedule varies, but she never gets close to 40 hours a week. “Forty? Never. They refuse to let you get to that (many) hours.”

Her weekly paycheck is $150 or much lower. “One of my paychecks, I only got $71 on there. So I wasn’t able to do much with that. My daughter needs stuff, I need to get stuff for my apartment,” said Davis, who plans to take part in the strike Thursday.

She pays the rent with public assistance but struggles to afford food, diapers, subway and taxi fares, cable TV and other expenses with her paycheck.

“It’s really hard,” she said. “If I didn’t have public assistance to help me out, I think I would have been out on the street already with the money I make at McDonald’s.”

So, Shaniqua Davis says that it’s “really hard” to take care of a baby on what McDonald’s pays.

She’s right.

So why did she try to do such a thing in the first place?

Why did she choose to become an unmarried teenage mother?

Whatever her reasons were, it’s not McDonald’s fault.

Of course you can’t raise a family on what McDonald’s pays its cashiers. But that kind of job was never intended to be for people who are trying to raise a family. Instead, that kind of job is supposed to be for a teenager trying to get money to pay for the prom, or for a student who is working their way through college.

And what is this nonsense of having a baby out of wedlock, and then being surprised as how hard it is? Of course it’s hard. That’s why the institution of marriage has existed, in every society, all over the world, for thousands of years.

The article also says that Ms. Davis “struggles” to pay for her cable TV. This just shows how much things have changed in this country. In the past, being poor meant that you couldn’t get 2,000 calories per day, or that you didn’t have indoor plumbing, or that your roof leaked. But now, being poor means that you have difficulty paying for cable TV. My, how things have changed.

Ms. Davis and the other strikers want to get paid $15 an hour, but they don’t want to acquire the education and job skills that would justify such a salary. McDonald’s already pays some of its employees more than $15 an hour, such as its accountants, lawyers, and computer programmers. Those employees didn’t get those higher wages by going on strike. Instead, they got those higher wages by putting in the time and effort to acquire the education and job skills that justify those higher wages. Ms. Davis and the other strikers want higher wages, but they don’t want to provide anything in exchange for the extra pay.

What would happen if the government did require McDonald’s to pay all of its employees $15 an hour? One possibility is that McDonald’s would only hire people who had a college degree. If that were to be the case, Ms. Davis would end up getting paid nothing. Another possibility is that McDonald’s would replace its human workers with robots and self-serve checkouts. And again, if that were to be the case, Ms. Davis would end up getting paid nothing.

August 29, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Education, Unions. 10 comments.

Movie review: “Elysium” is implausible, because it’s based on a medical device manufacturer that does not employ any salespeople

Elysium has too many loud, noisy action scenes, and not enough calm, quiet, reflective scenes of thoughtful contemplation. It didn’t have any lines of dialogue that I can see myself wanting to quote in the future. None of the characters were particularly interesting. And if I was a child, I couldn’t see myself wanting to buy any of the action figures that might be based on this movie.

The machine that instantly cures cancer seems perfectly plausible. However, in the entire movie, we never find out the name of the corporation that manufactures this machine. And apparently, there is no team of trained salespeople traveling all over the world trying to sell this machine to hospitals in big cities. And that brings up the most unrealistic thing about this movie: Since when has there ever been a medical device manufacturer that did not employ any salespeople?

In this movie, there is no Bill Gates-type character who donates huge amounts of his own money to help the poor get medical care. In this movie, there are no rich people who massage their supersized egos by having entire hospital wings named in honor of their massive donations.

While it’s easy for me to imagine that a bunch of rich people would want to live in their own private space station, there’s no way that every rich person would want to live there – there would always be some holdouts who preferred to remain on earth. But in this movie, there are no holdouts.

If they wanted to make a point about poor people not being able to afford health care, the following would have been a lot more realistic: a poor person gets cancer. They go to the hospital, where one of these machines instantly cures their cancer. Then they get a ridiculously large bill that they could never possibly afford to pay. They lose their house. Their life savings is wiped out. They declare bankruptcy. That would be realistic.

But the idea that on the entire earth, there wouldn’t be even one hospital that had one of these machines, is completely ridiculous.

August 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Movies, Technology. Leave a comment.

In the real world, no liberal has ever bought a McDonald’s franchise and paid the workers $15 an hour

Recently, Huffington Post published an article about how easy it would supposedly be for McDonald’s to pay its’ employees $15 an hour. Soon afterward, they took the original article down, and replaced it with this article, which admits that the original article had been wrong.

But I knew they were wrong before they admitted it. Having read the original article, one thing I noticed was that it wrongly assumed that the demand for McDonald’s food would not go down, even though the article did say that there would have been an increase in the prices that customers paid. In the real world, people respond to incentives. When the price of something goes up, the demand for that something does down.

If it were possible for McDonald’s to pay $15 an hour, I would think that some liberal somewhere would have already purchased a franchise and paid the workers $15 an hour.

Critics of McDonald’s complain that you can’t raise a family on what McDonald’s pays. They cite various examples of people trying to raise children on what McDonald’s pays.

But this misses the point. I have always viewed a McDonald’s job as something for a young person who is till in school, and still living with their parents. A high school student who wants to earn money for the prom, for example. I was raised to believe that you are not supposed to have your first child until after you have obtained a good education, gotten a decent paying job, and gotten married.

The fact that unmarried high school dropouts are having trouble raising their children on a McDonald’s salary is not the fault of McDonald’s. Instead, it is the fault of the two people who chose to drop out of high school and make a baby out of wedlock.

Apparently, McDonald’s critics don’t seem to understand why McDonald’s pays much higher wages to its accountants, computer programmers, and lawyers, than it does to its burger flippers and cashiers. What these critics don’t seem to understand is that these people who receive higher wages get those higher wages because they chose to put in the time and effort to acquire better education and better job skills.

If these critics want McDonald’s burger flippers and cashiers to earn more money, then instead of suggesting the totally unrealistic idea of McDonald’s paying them $15 an hour, I suggest that these critics do more to teach people about the concepts of long term planning and delayed gratification.

August 2, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Education, Food, Politics. 2 comments.

Argentina just set price controls on food – let’s see what happens as a result

Prices are not just random numbers that get picked out of thin air. Instead, prices communicate information about supply and demand. So when the supply and/or demand situation changes, it makes perfect sense that the price would change accordingly.

Economic theory predicts that when the government sets the price of something lower than the supply/demand equilibrium, the demand will exceed the supply, which is the definition of a shortage. More than 4,000 years of various examples of price controls from all over the world show this to be the case.

Today, the BBC reported:

Argentina pegs supermarket price rises for two months

February 4, 2013

The Argentine government has put a temporary price freeze on all products sold in the country’s main supermarket chains to try to fight inflation.

Argentina’s commerce ministry has asked consumers to monitor prices in the chains.

It wants them to keep receipts and has set up a hotline for shoppers to call if they spot any price rises.

The inflation that’s referred to in that article is caused by the government increasing the supply of money with nothing of real value to back it up. This makes the money worth less, and causes prices to rise. But that’s not a real price increase. So, as inflation devalues the currency, the government’s price freeze will actually force food sellers to lower their (real) prices.

If it really is a “temporary” measure for only two months, it’s possible that inflation might not be severe enough for the price controls to result in a substantial drop in (real) food prices.

But I am skeptical about these price controls being “temporary.” My guess is that the price controls will last a lot longer than two months, and as time goes on, inflation will devalue the real value of the currency enough so that the (real) prices will fall significantly, which will cause shortages. And then the government will wrongly blame the shortages on the supermarkets and farmers, and instead of getting rid of the price controls, the government will take action against the supermarkets and farmers, which will cause the situation to get even worse.

Of course, I could be wrong about all of this.

Anyway, let’s see what happens in Argentina as a result of these price controls.

For the record, here’s what happened after Venezuela set price caps on food a decade ago:

Since 2003, Hugo Chavez has been setting strict price controls on food, and these price controls have been causing shortages and hoarding.

In January 2008, Chavez ordered the military to seize 750 tons of food that sellers were illegally trying to smuggle across the border to sell for higher prices than what was legal in Venezuela.

In February 2009, Chavez ordered the military to temporarily seize control of all the rice processing plants in the country and force them to produce at full capacity, which they had been avoiding in response to the price caps.

In May 2010, Chavez ordered the military to seize 120 tons of food from Empresas Polar.

In March 2009, Chavez set minimum production quotas for 12 basic foods that were subject to price controls, including white rice, cooking oil, coffee, sugar, powdered milk, cheese, and tomato sauce. Business leaders and food producers claimed that the government was forcing them to produce this food at a loss.

Chavez has nationalized many large farms. Chavez said of the farmland, “The land is not private. It is the property of the state.” Some of the farmland that had been productive while under private ownership is now idle under government ownership, and some of the farm equipment sits gathering dust. As a result, food production has fallen substantially. One farmer, referring to the government officials overseeing the land redistribution, stated, “These people know nothing about agriculture.”

Chavez has seized many supermarkets from their owners. Under government ownership, the shelves in these supermarkets are often empty.

In 2010, after the government nationalized the port at Puerto Cabello, more than 120,000 tons of food sat rotting at the port.

In May 2010, after price controls caused shortages of beef, at least 40 butchers were arrested, and some of them were held at a military base and later strip searched by police.

February 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Communism, Politics. 2 comments.

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