Here’s a question for all you MBAs in Unfair Park Land: Why would an independent retailer operating in a free, deregulated market want the state to take steps to suddenly raise the retailer’s costs?

For example, say you own a mom-and-pop store that sells tomatoes. The government suddenly wants to increase how much you pay for your tomatoes. You won’t see any more profit as you pass the higher price on to your annoyed customers. Do you go ahead and tell the state, “Hey, great idea”?

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