We are creative SOBs


Reading the following post at Cafe Hayek, I am drawn to the comments and the discussions of how Mexican tortilla manufactures would circumvent price controls. The initial theory was that they would make the tortillas smaller, however the regulation targets weight and not quantity. This is not a brilliant move by the regulators. From my reading of the Gulag Archipelago I am reminded of Solzhenitsyn’s discussion of the bread rations in prison. The prisoners were guaranteed a certain weight of bread each day; however the camp officials sold the ingredients on the black market and the prisoners lived off of soggy misshapen lumps of “bread.”

My prediction is that the quality of corn tortillas will decrease.


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