Friday, May 17, 2013

Another People Paper Story...!

Sometimes governments just don't get the message that they can't forcefully control some things!

Even though this isn't in our country, it is a good example of why price controls by the government just flat don't work to anyone's advantage. It's no surprise that the public is nervous about shortages like this, caused by actions of the PTB! Most of us can remember sugar shortages, coffee shortages, and oil shortages here at home...many if not all caused in part by government forms of price control. Something like this could happen here!

Venezuela running out of toilet paper
9:51 am, May 16th, 2013

QMI AGENCY

Venezuela has a potential poopstorm on its hands if it can't wipe out a toilet paper shortage.

Officials said they will have to import 50 million rolls to meet the demand of what Trade Minister Alejandro Fleming called a "nervous population," according to a translation of an article from the state-run AVN news agency.

The government blames the media for provoking fears about scarcity, which prompted consumers to hoard TP.

But businesses and political opposition blame the government's policies, like price controls on basic goods - many of which are reportedly in short supply.

After meeting with Venezuelan paper company PAVECA, which agreed to increase its output, Fleming told AVN he will move to "saturate" the market to alleviate the problem.

AVN reports the typical monthly consumption of toilet paper in the country is 125 million rolls.

Let's hope that price controls by our PTB are a long way off. You never know, though! Nothing would surprise me anymore, ya know?

I think that coffee in the kitchen is a good idea this morning. Some nasty weather is all over the place!

9 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

So many things come to mind that I'm just not going to say anymore!

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Really not much one can say about this situation, except that it is in the toilet!

Thanks for coming by today!

Chickenmom said...

Georges is right - I can think a few spiffy funny comments too! Sorry you are getting bad weather. How about I bring a lemon meringue pie for all to enjoy?

Phyllis (N/W Jersey)

linda m said...

They had better not run short on TP around here. My bottom is very particular about what comes in contact with it. I had to use foreign TP a few times and no thanks - I prefer US made stuff. Why does the Government feel it has to control everything? Just leave well enough alone I say. Have a great weekend. It's raining here also.

Sixbears said...

Johnny Carson caused a TP shortage in country by joking that there was a shortage. People ran out and bought up all they could find, leaving the shelves bare.

JO said...

Maybe they should start eating more corn on the cobb.
Did I just write that?

Maybe you better pass the pot I must need more coffee. Please!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Bring on that lemon pie! Haven't had one in a while!

Thanks for dropping by today!



Hey Linda...
You know the government always has it's finger in all the pies!

I haven't had to experience foreign TP yet and I hope I never do!

Thanks for coming over this morning!



Hey Sixbears...
Seems like I remember that! Pretty funny actually!

Thanks for the visit today!



Hey Jo...
Yes, you did right that and you are probably right!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Yep, I remember the so called tp shortage. We were all worried but it was just caused by panic buying and didn't last too long.

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

That's a shortage I really wouldn't like :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.