Sunday, February 20, 2005

Supply and demand

When Austin High School administrators removed candy from campus vending machines last year, the move was hailed as a step toward fighting obesity. What happened next shows how hard it can be for schools to control what students eat on campus.

The candy removal plan, according to students at Austin High, was thwarted by lassmates who created an underground candy market, turning the hallways of the high school into Willy-Wonka-meets-Casablanca....

"It's all about supply and demand," said Austin junior Scott Roudebush. "We've got some entrepreneurs around here."

Whole thing here. [Hat Tip: MR]


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a South Park episode..

Moonbattery Blog said...

Despite the ostentatiously wealthy lifestyles of its loudest mouthpieces, it must be true that the Left loves poor people. After all, left-wing policies invariably make a lot more of them.

Moderate leftists always find a reason to compare America unfavorably with Europe. The economic engine of Europe, and the country sitting at its heart, is Germany. It stands to reason that if we could be more like Germans, our economy would change for the better. Sure enough it would — provided the goal is to generate more poor people.

As the BBC recently pointed out, the German economy shrank 0.2% in the last three months of 2004. According to the Federal Statistics Office, growth for the whole of 2004 was 1.6%, after a year of contraction in 2003.

To quote the Beeb: "The figures confounded hopes of a 0.2% expansion in the fourth quarter in Europe's biggest economy."

That's the problem with setting your sights so high — you doom yourself to failure, like Icarus getting carried away and flying too close to the sun.

Meanwhile, 2004 real growth in gross domestic product for the United States was running at about 4.4% as of late last December — despite carrying countries like Germany on our backs militarily, and despite the prolonged economic effects of 9/11. Let's see, that would be about... 275% of German growth for 2004. Assuming that translates to 275% fewer poor people, no wonder the Left hates America so much.

Clara said...

It just occurred to me that Supply and Demand would make really cute pet names. Like if you had a pair of dogs or something.

I used to want to name my future pets after the Hardy Boys (Frank and... uh, the blond one). So this would be an improvement.

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