Free Marketplace

In New Hampshire, you pay more for electricity thanks to legislators

by Skip April 25, 2018

BY ANDREW CLINE  (reformatted, emphasis mine  – Skip) In a market, consumers have numerous opportunities to pay more for products or services they value, even if lower-cost alternatives are available. Consider how the market for beer works. While most people buy low-cost, mass-produced beers, hipsters and beer snobs can enjoy artisanal IPAs, provided they’re willing to pay […]

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Even in a faux “marketplace”, people can still vote with their dollars

by Skip August 10, 2017

Given that I just came home from the Americans For Prosperity NH’s (AFP) Tax Reform meeting at Pittman’s Freight Room in Laconia, this is appropriate.  I’ve said for years now that a free marketplace is one where people make decisions that benefit their own self-interest; if something does not add value to their lives, they […]

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Medallions: individuals are now suffering the result of yet another Government distortion of the Free Marketplace

by Skip July 16, 2017

No, not the kind that goes around your neck or on the wall.  No, this is all about NYC cab medallions – and why? Gosh, doesn’t this resemble the housing crash of 2008? Or in similar ways, the problem with the healthcare marketplace being taken over by Government? Or what Government did with “restructuring” the auto […]

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Notable Quote – Ludwig von Mises

by Skip May 4, 2017

The government wants to interfere in order to force businessmen to conduct their affairs in a different way than they would have chosen if they had obeyed only the consumers. Thus, all the measures of interventionism by the government are directed toward restricting the supremacy of consumers. The government wants to arrogate to itself the […]

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Data Point – Obamacare enrollees now think it sucks

by Skip March 3, 2017

Even as many are shielded by its costs by subsidies paid by the rest of us (yeah, that’s straight up Socialism): …But a survey of actual ObamaCare customers released this week paints an entirely different picture. It found that just 22% of the 44,200 ObamaCare enrollees polled rate their health plan as good to excellent. […]

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“This is what happens when McDonald’s listens to its customers”

by Skip January 31, 2016

Mickey D’s has been a hurtin’ puppy in the fast food industry for quite some time – its competitors have been eating its lunch (and supper, pun intended).  Sales down, franchisees mad (and broker given the $$ spent on store redoes for a more contemporary look), and the “more healthy” food didn’t make it for […]

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Notable Quote – Don Boudreaux

by Skip August 15, 2015

… is from pages 75-76 of Harold Demsetz’s insight-packed and wisdom-filled 1982 volume, Economic, Legal, and Political Dimensions of Competition: The use of a given amount of time and the expenditure of a given sum to search among market alternatives yields a much greater expected increase in welfare to a person consuming in the market place […]

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Liberals / Progressives tolerate Free Association / Free Marketplace when they get to set the rules

by Skip August 20, 2014

Or so it seems: Here’s another case to ponder.  Either the Constitution means what it says in black and white or it means nothing at all.  (H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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A fact – but not an answer

by Skip December 29, 2013

Advantage Guinta in the “Answer the Question” category.  Host of WMUR’s Closeup, Josh McElveen, asked what I thought was a simple straight-forward to US Senator Kelly Ayotte:  Is there a collective unity or is it still as fractured as it was Nov 7? Well, you know, just like any place, there are divergent views within […]

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