I have felt for some time that the dubbing of National Public Radio as a bastion of liberalism is a misleading myth. This morning presented another example, and I am again shouting at the walls in outrage. The interviewer mildly notes the gas crisis in New York due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, states that usually, when there is a gas shortage, prices go up, and notes that gas stations are not doing so because that could put them in trouble with the state (presumably there are laws in place against gouging?–that was not clear). She then goes on blithely to posit that economists would take the view that raising prices a couple of dollars would prevent hoarding, and interviews an economist who starts out by saying that if they just raised the price a couple of dollars people wouldn’t try to fill up their tanks, that without that some people will fill up and others will be left without.
RIGHT! That’s the answer to an emergency. Require people who have lost just about everything–or even if not that, have lost enough that they need every cent they have to deal with the emergency and get back on their feet–to pay gouging rates for gas that is essential to their ability to get from one place to another to survive. THAT’S NPR’s promoted answer to this immense catastrophe? Not rationing? OH, NO. I suppose THAT would be “socialism?” Let’s do something that will allow corporations to profit off other people’s misery. THAT’s the American way. And apparently, NPR’s way too.