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Old 09-03-2005, 04:30 PM   #15
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First of all I want to state that I am celebrating my 40th aniversary this year in the fuel busines. My wife, daughter, and I operate a small Truck stop in central Wisconsin. I remember all to well the price and allocation controls in the 70s. They were a dismal failure. The law in itself caused reginal shortages and did not controll prices well. It was not until the free market was allowed to straighten things out that prices and shortages worked them selves out. We had customer types such as farmers and milk haulers who were granted 100% of their needs and other non essential customers got what was left if any. If a service station closed its doors it could sell it's allocation on the open market and it was daisy chained from there causing the prices to spiral up and the retail dealer who purchased the fuel could then add his legitimate profit on causing a highly inflated legal price. "IS" is correct in that motor homes would rate low on priority and need. The government has a bad history of running any industry. For the sake of us all I hope the Feds remember the 70s and I think that is why they are staying out of it.

Richard is correct in stating that we should remember those dealers who priced excessively high and not patronize them in the future. This morning we droped our gasoline 10 cents to 3.09 and diesel is 2.89. Be advised that Wisconsin has high motor fuel taxes so it is a little hard to compare. Please remember I am not part of the fuel problem. I travel with my MOHO just like the rest of you do and I hope to see fuel prices drop also.

Hoarding was also a problem as people were filling anything with fuel they could find. In disgust I told one customer I would not be suprised if he tore out his bath tub and filled that also. Thanks for allowing me to vent. This has been a trying week for me as we have a lot of loyal customers and I tried hard to take care of them.


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Old 09-03-2005, 04:57 PM   #16
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According to the "experts," price controls are the worst thing. I would like to see the Feds enact a moratorium on the federal taxes on fuel, even if its for a fixed period of time.

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Canada has announced they would increase their exports of oil to the USA another 64,000 barrels a day, starting immediately. This on top of the daily 17%(of US consumption) they deliver now. Our own gas is over $5.00 gal aswell. So any one can see... Its not about quantity, its about profit!!


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