Jason, Very valid points and I definitely agree. Is is unfortunate that so many elected officials are so easily swayed. I do think the system works beautifully, when it is run true to form. IMHO, the goverment causes the same kinds of problems when it backs the suppliers that it does when it backs the consumers. I personally don't think the goverment should be involved with private business in any form that is biased toward the consumer or the supplier. Also, I just want to state that I am not so delusional that I think any Mom and Pop shop can step up to start taking on big oil companies. But I do think that your small and moderate sized companies are able to do so when the consumer starts getting frustrated with its current options. I enjoy reading the stories like one about a group of farmers that where struggling producing corn, so they teamed together and built a bio-diesel production facility and use their crops there... they are making a crapload of money now by the way. As for the big oil companies, I personally can't help but admire them when I am at the gas pump. I don't like seeing higher prices, but I have to respect them for putting themselves into a position as one of a select few major suppliers of one of the most (if not the most) highly demanded products in our country. It makes my long distance fishing trips a little more expensive, but if I had the opportunity to be in the position they are in I wouldn't have hesitated to jump on it. So, with all that said, I agree with your points. My personal feeling is that price fixing would hurt us more in the long-run and no goverment involvement would be the best for everyone. I realize that won't happen but I can dream. If it did it wouldn't be long before the price of gas didn't matter because we would all have cost effective alternatives for our long distance fishing trips.