I was trying to present the "price gouging is (counter-intuitively) a good thing for all" argument but it was interpreted as "you only care about the rich".
I tried to make the point that profit motive would bring in more supply, thus lowering price. I also made the "time has a value" argument saying that "rather than waiting in line for 5 hours, a person could get a minimum wage job and it would likely be more profitable than sitting in your car for 5 hours". (I know we're anti-minimum wage, by the way, but I didn't want to open up that can of worms). I also made the argument that "when you have to wait in line for 5 hours, when you finally get to the front of the line you are far more likely to fill up your tank, thus lowering supply for everyone else".
This girl is intelligent by the way but it brought about a strong negative reaction and mostly a dismissal of these points. It just goes to show how difficult (impossible?) it's going to be to convince people. Ron Paul's focus on young people (who probably are less set in their thinking) is probably a very good idea. In any case, it's a long uphill struggle to convince even people that I know. I can't imagine what a stranger would think.
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