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Ed Pipalski: Gives his opinion of Somerset city gas sales

By Ed Pipalski
Personal commentary

The siren song of Governmental Corporatism sounds again and very appealing , but the truth is it a economic system to be distinguished from political system of, wait for it... Fascism. Yes, the "F" word.

Free Markets allow consumers to choose to do business elsewhere, out of town for a price; loss of convenience. The cost of convenience is a few pennies more. Another consumer tactic is a Boycott. Imagine had the people of Somerset conducted a boycott of a particular brand of gasoline or only did business with a certain brand for 60-days.

Don't you think the gas station across the street without the business would reduce its price to entice consumers to bring back their business? The mortgage, electric and insurance all needed to be paid and fuel with ethanol in it is bio-fuel so it decomposes. A sixty-day boycott would force the retailer to mark it down or let it spoil on the shelf.

None of these "Free-Market" approaches were attempted in the City of Somerset. People cried out to government to accept more power over them and the politicians accommodated the requests to be ever so helpful.

Now what is the cost to freedom and liberty? Keep in mind a city government has:
  1. Sovereign Immunity in the courts
  2. The power of eminent domain over its competitor's property
  3. The power of taxation over its competitors revenue
  4. The power of regulation
  5. The power of audit
  6. The power of arrest
  7. The power of search
  8. The power of seizure
  9. The power of inspection
  10. The powers of municipal ordinance
The city government enjoys:
  • No federal income taxation
  • No state income taxation
  • No city occupational taxation
  • No expense private security force (police)
  • No expense private fire protection (fire)
  • No expense attorney services (city attorney)
  • No expense for Financial & Bookkeeping services (City Treasurer)
  • No expense for Payroll services (City Payroll)
  • Municipal employee retirement & benefits at taxpayer expense
  • Federal municipal loans without tangible collateral, but simply the power of taxation on current and future generations
  • State grants and matching funds from taxpayers and business competitors throughout the state.
  • Now it is easy to understand what Somerset did when put in the light of a "Free Press" by which I am communicating through. What would Mayor Girdler do to censor this article or to censure me as an individual to keep it from publication? The question is what is a "Free Press" free of and free from? The simple answer is Government censorship and censure or a "State run Press".

    Likewise, a "Free and Fair Market" is free from governmental interference with exception to unfair, morally unethical and illegal business practices. We do not need and there has never been successful "State Run Markets" and "State Price Controls". When government lays a heavy hand on commerce, there are always shortages, corruption and human suffering. Currently, just check Venezuela, Cuba or Argentina. How any millions starved to death in Stalin\'s Soviet Union, 22 million was it? No thank you! There are remedies for unfair market practices other than relinquishing our freedom and liberty to government bureaucrats and political privateers!--Ed Pipaplski

    PS. Alibi - Any entrepreneur can use their own money or seek public funding by being a publicly traded company on a stock exchange to open a retail fuel station that specializes in low prices direct to consumers or operate as a non-profit cooperative. That my friends is the American way! Find a need and fill it! --Edward Pipalski

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