Not gonna happen

Keep dreaming, Sam.

Sam Olens, chairman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, spent 45 minutes on Sunday waiting to fill up the tank in his wife’s car, which was near empty. On Monday morning, Olens said he believed the state was not doing enough to address the gas crisis.

“The state should mandate an odd-even license plate or like system to discourage residents from trying to top off their fuel tank every day,” Olens said.

Had Perdue just let the markets work instead, things would have been fine. Same with this bailout, which is all goes back to government interference in the mortgage business through Fannie Mae.

All these people who want more regulations are the same people who screwed it up in the first place.


  1. Three Jack says:

    so sam had to wait in line, too f’n bad. talk about over reacting. implement his odd/even bs, and we will then really have a problem.

  2. RuralDem says:

    “U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Olens’ idea is a good one, having been used during the gas rationing of the 1970s. Isakson said Perdue has the power to decree an odd-even license plate system under the Emergency Powers Act. ”

    Looks like Olens’ isn’t the only one wanting it.

  3. Icarus says:

    Do people even think about the crap they propose anymore? Almost all gas stations are self-serve. Who is supposed to hire the people to police this? What enforcement options does a clerk have if someone with an odd tag tries to fill up on an even day? Oh good lord, third head explosion this week, and it’s only Tuesday.

  4. ButlerTReynolds says:

    Gee, Sam, that approach worked so well for water last summer that it had Sonny praying to Jesus for rain.

  5. Progressive Dem says:

    Erick seems a little dismissive of one of the only appropriate government levers that can be pulled. Perhaps he just doesn’t want Olens to have any success or credit for fear of his potential candidacy?

    Most people will voluntarily comply because they are good citizens. Anybody who doesn’t comply is risking a confrontation with the driver behind him and the attendant. Most people have learnd that public cooperation is a good thing when fire drills were explained to us in kindergarten.

    Odd/even has been used before and it helps some.

  6. atlantaman says:

    The odd-even idea will not create more gas supply and to try and compare it to the watering days is apples and organges.

    Here is the difference: If somebody waters their lawn 7 days a week, versus 2 days under the odd even, they are actually using less water (unless they increase the watering time on the 2 remaining days).

    Under the odd even fill your tank up days , unless somebody is physically driving less miles, there are still using the same amount of gas. I’m taking the same amount from the gas station whether my top-off amount is a 1/4 a tank 4 days a week or 1/2 a tank 2 days a week.

    I find it comical that in the same articles writing about the gas shortage they also mention the legal steps be taken against price gouging, when it’s the lack of “price gouging” that is causing the panic.

    The demand has remained constant, it’s a supply problem. The only immediate solution is to allow the gas stations to charge whatever they want, which would increases prices – reducing demand to be inline with supply.

    Marx and Nixon both both proved that price caps don’t work.

  7. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    Erick and other posters on here keep harping on the free market and fault the allegations of price gouging as making things worse. Well, Sonny Boy is the governor only of GA, but the gas issues go well beyond the borders of Georgia. A number of neighboring states are having the same problems. It really isn’t about Sonny the whizkid.

  8. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    BTW, the common scenario is that larger population centers are having gas shortages while less populous areas are not. Charlotte and Asheville have been short, while places like Wilmington have plenty.

    Atlanta and some other places in N. Ga. have shortages, but most places in middle and S. Ga. do not.

    The sheep mentality that has changed drivers’ purchasing habits has done more to aggravate the problem than Sonny has.

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