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Libertarian Party Says Granholm Out Of Line

01/20/2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ghazey Aleck, Chairman
1-800-608-7375

The Libertarian Party supports a free market and does not want small businesses being harassed by government over the law of supply and demand. "We do not find Attorney General Jennifer Granholm qualified to run your local grocery store let alone understand the economy and the law of supply and demand", says Libertarian Party Chairman Ghazey Aleck.

The Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate is suing many of your local gas stations / convenience stores for trying not to run out of gas on September 11th of last year.

Case in point comes from Bobbie's Corner Grocery in Midland, Michigan one of many reputable businesses named in lawsuits, who are being accused of trying to keep some of their gas supplies from being bought up on September 11, 2001.

Consider too the chain of events. As we already know, in the morning of the September 11 terrorist hijacked four planes. Two were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, one into the Pentagon in Washington DC, and one crashed in a Pennsylvania field while brave Americans struggled for control of the airplane from the hijackers. The people of the entire nation were shocked in horror. In fact, the tragedy made the whole world stand still.

After the initial impact people became understandably worried and confused. Many of your neighbors panicked and flooded gas stations all around Michigan buying as much gasoline as they could, filling up their cars and every gas can they could get. With demand for gasoline growing rapidly with little to no end in sight, Bobbie Jean Harvey, Owner of Bobbie's Party Store felt he had to take action.

Mr. Harvey knew that the supply of gasoline was not disrupted by the terrorist attacks but you couldn't convince his customers. Mr. Harvey saw his gasoline supplies quickly dwindle from thousands of gallons to a few hundred, and the prospect of running completely out loomed ominously over his livelihood. Signs saying "out of gas" for a number of days would not only hurt his business but would exasperate the panic. He would not be getting more gas until his regularly scheduled delivery later in the week and he knew many of his loyal customers, the ones who were not panicking, would need gas before then.

What did he do? He asked people to move down the road. He didn't put up a neon sign. He raised his prices higher than his competition just one mile down the road to encourage people to buy gas from them. This is a classic example of the law of supply and demand in a free market.

Mr. Harvey and many other businessmen who did the same thing to save what little gas they could to keep their business alive for the days to come before being re-supplied are now being told they broke the law.

According to Jennifer Granholm, it is against the law to keep supplies of merchandise your customers need. It is wrong for you to encourage your customers to buy from somewhere else. It is wrong to change you prices pursuant to the law of supply and demand. It is wrong for a small business person to make the best judgment possible to survive. It is wrong to compete in a free market.

Chairman Aleck asks, "Is this the person we want as our next governor? If Ms. Granholm wants to run a gas station let her apply to the local 7 -11. As Governor we need more than a gas station manager."

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