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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    Who buys milk by the pint? I have no idea how much it is.
    One pint is 16oz.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Er...I took a "pint of milk" to be a metaphor for the cost of living for the average American. I had no idea we were actually discussing a literal pint of milk.
    We weren't. Well, some were, for reasons that defy reason. You took correctly, the unit of measure is wholly irrelevant.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Taking it literally I couldnt tell you how much milk costs, I need it so I buy it. I only really pay attention to prices of things that I consider treats. Even then I tend to just buy on sale and if they jack up the prices before hand and say 2$ off well they got me. What can you do. I have to eat, I have to buy gas, I have to pay for my home energy use. I have no control over any of these prices only how how much I consume. To a limited extent at least.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    Taking it literally I couldnt tell you how much milk costs, I need it so I buy it. I only really pay attention to prices of things that I consider treats. Even then I tend to just buy on sale and if they jack up the prices before hand and say 2$ off well they got me. What can you do. I have to eat, I have to buy gas, I have to pay for my home energy use. I have no control over any of these prices only how how much I consume. To a limited extent at least.
    You don't have control over unit prices, but like you say you have control over much you consume, so you do have control over how much you spend on a given product. Everybody has a "price point" where something gets too high, at which point they will cut back their consumption to reduce costs, or eliminate it altogether.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    You don't have control over unit prices, but like you say you have control over much you consume, so you do have control over how much you spend on a given product. Everybody has a "price point" where something gets too high, at which point they will cut back their consumption to reduce costs, or eliminate it altogether.
    I cant really cut back on gas, I dont go for pleasure drives in my car I drive when I need to. I am not the type of person who enjoys driving for me it is a means to an end only and I waste as little time in a car as I can. I see no way of cutting back on milk or other staples without adversly impacting my health. I can cut back on "luxury" food items such as filet mignon, lobster, fine cheese etc. but milk, rice, veggies, flour, bacon (man cannot survive without bacon)etc. not really.

    However as to the implied and not the literal question in the OP. I do notice my grocery bill going up over time but I really dont pay attention to individual prices. Gas prices I do notice because well it is displayed so prominetly and I am only paying for gas when I fill my tank not a bunch of seperate items like when I buy groceries.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    I cant really cut back on gas, I dont go for pleasure drives in my car I drive when I need to. I am not the type of person who enjoys driving for me it is a means to an end only and I waste as little time in a car as I can. I see no way of cutting back on milk or other staples without adversly impacting my health. I can cut back on "luxury" food items such as filet mignon, lobster, fine cheese etc. but milk, rice, veggies, flour, bacon (man cannot survive without bacon)etc. not really.

    However as to the implied and not the literal question in the OP. I do notice my grocery bill going up over time but I really dont pay attention to individual prices. Gas prices I do notice because well it is displayed so prominetly and I am only paying for gas when I fill my tank not a bunch of seperate items like when I buy groceries.
    Granted, and per a previous post, I don't expect a politician to be spot on. But I do think they need to be aware and knowledgeable. The average person isn't making policy, but the politician is.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Granted, and per a previous post, I don't expect a politician to be spot on. But I do think they need to be aware and knowledgeable. The average person isn't making policy, but the politician is.
    Problem is that for many of them even if they did "know the price of a pint of milk" it wouldnt mean much to them. A multi-millionaire regardless of whether they are a politician or not will have a hard time relating the price of necessities as it affects the average person. It is just such a small part of their wealth/income. Even those who spend their entire life in the middle class can not fully appreciate just how much small increases can affect the poor. Not that they cant relate at all, it just doesnt affect them as much.
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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    Problem is that for many of them even if they did "know the price of a pint of milk" it wouldnt mean much to them. A multi-millionaire regardless of whether they are a politician or not will have a hard time relating the price of necessities as it affects the average person. I is just such a small part of their wealth/income. Even those who spend their entire life in the middle class can not fully appreciate just how much small increases can affect the poor. Not that they cant relate at all, it just doesnt affect them as much.
    Yep there is a big difference in what you can buy and if you can buy. Someone with buckets of money most likely doesnt understand that economical changes could mean the difference between eating beans 24/7 or at least being able to have a choice.

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In an indirect way, you hit upon the point of the question... probably without even realizing it.

    They don't know what's going on in the world in which they are legislating. And that's the point, they have more of a need and responsibility to know more so than an average citizen. You or I may not know what's going on in our markets, and that's not a big deal because our lack of knowledge affects only ourselves, but it is imperative that those who are legislating the markets know.
    Is not knowing your grocery list really the same as not knowing what's going on in the world in which they're legislating?

    I don't want Washington micromanaging my life. I want them to protect my rights and push an atmosphere conducive to to economic prosperity while I live my life the way I want to.

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    Re: Should politicians know the price of a pint of milk?

    I don't know what the price of a pint of milk is. Who buys milk by the pint?
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