Ross: Do Americans really believe in the free market when they plead for lower gas taxes?

May 24, 2022, 8:18 AM
(Getty Images)...
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Gas prices just won’t quit. It’s so bad that I know a Prius driver who can’t believe what he’s spending on gas these days.

But what’s really surprising are the demands for government intervention coming from people who are supposed to believe in the free market.

You have conservatives who say they believe in the free market standing up in Congress and with a straight face demanding that the government do something to lower gas prices.

You have Joe Biden – who says he believes in the free market – opening the emergency oil reserves, and complaining that the oil companies are gouging us.

Well, of course they’re gouging us! That’s how a free market works!

Everybody gouges you – if they think you’ll pay.

That’s not a bug, that’s our system.

Now, I don’t blame drivers for being angry at the oil companies – when you see oil prices going up and down but gas prices only going up, of course you feel gouged.

But haven’t some of us been doing a little gouging of our own? Employees, who go on strike, knowing there’s a labor shortage – that’s a way of making desperate employers pay more, isn’t it?

When you put your house on the market and charge 100-, 200-, 300- thousand over the Zillow price – why do you do that? Because you know you can. Why don’t we call THAT gouging? Because gouging is what the gougEES call it. When you’re the gouGER, that’s the free market!

Oil companies charge more because they can. Drivers could choose to bite the bullet and buy an electric car, or join a carpool, or take a bus, or light rail, or work from home – but enough still drive gas cars that the oil companies know they will make more by charging more.

But Dave – what about the artificial oil embargo against Russia?

What about it? Oil companies are free to drill more, but they’ve chosen not to.

So go ahead and complain – it’s good to let off steam as long as it’s peaceful – but this is a test of your belief in the free market. And if you believe it’s up to the government to do something about gas prices – it means you’re thinking like a big-government socialist, and I’m pretty sure it goes on your permanent record somewhere.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross

(Getty Images)...
Dave Ross

Ross: The joyful responsibility of raising the next generation

Any of you who are grandfathers or grandmothers know how delightful it is to babysit a two- or three-year-old who is just learning about the world.
1 day ago
Officer who shot, killed Charleena Lyles testifies in inquest (KIRO 7)...
Frank Sumrall

Officer who shot, killed Charleena Lyles testifies in inquest

Seattle police Officer Jason Anderson answered questions before a jury in the King County Child and Family Justice Center.
2 days ago
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks to pro-life activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Buil...
Dave Ross

Ross: Overturning Roe was just the beginning for conservative lawmakers

Former State Attorney General Rob McKenna explains personhood laws, which give a fetus full human rights, and which could require blood tests to establish paternity within weeks of conception.
2 days ago
Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, describes t...
Dave Ross

Ross: Jan. 6 committee hearing reveals alleged presidential attack of Secret Service agent

The alleged wheel-grab was the most dramatic part of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony during yesterday’s snap session of the January 6th Committee.
3 days ago
Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his legal...
Dave Ross

Ross: SCOTUS ‘rules’ that the ‘war’ on religion is over. What’s next for the faith community?

There will soon be millions more poor children to take care of. School violence, drug abuse, crime, suicide, abortion – these problems are all begging for better solutions.
4 days ago
Demonstrators protest the ruling on Roe v. Wade near the Westlake Center (MyNorthwest Staff)...
Dave Ross

Ross: Every unplanned pregnancy involves a man who refused a vasectomy

25 states will now have the power to require that pregnant women – who choose to live in those states – must give birth.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
Ross: Do Americans really believe in the free market when they plead for lower gas taxes?