Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Regulated Consumer by Mary Bennett Peterson

Status: Almost Complete (v.3)


Fix Notes:

Page xvi: par. 2: bureaucracy

There is increasing dissatisfaction with centralized government and impersonal bureacuracy.

Page 24: bottom par.: entrepreneurs

Many may be inclined to say that these enterpreneurs of another era were economically done in by the giants of Detroit, the huge utilities, Westinghouse and General Electric, the food chains of A & P, Safeway, Grand Union, and other corporate octopi.

Page 52: par. 1: harassment

But in practice the agency has bogged down in red tape and time-consuming bureaucracy and has frequently become a vehicle for intervention and industry harrassment by consumerists in and out of government.

Page 61: par. 1: defendant

Judge J. Cullen Ganey of the federal court in Philadelphia, who had the job of passing sentence, rightfully ripped into the defendent corporations and executives as saboteurs of the free enterprise system and the American consumer.

Page 70: blockquote: criticized

To do so would have been foolish; and whatever else has been said about them, the old Standard organization was seldom critized for making less money when it could readily have made more.

Page 70: par. 2: Moreover

Morever, the regular customers of the predatory price cutter are not likely to take kindly to news of discriminatory price cuts elsewhere.

Page 71: bottom par.: matter

And, when the occasion requires, as in the cases of computers, xerography and 60-second cameras, Wall Street seems quite ready, willing and able to finance yet another enterprising idea, no mater how big.

Page 106: par. 1: Meanwhile

Meanwhle, seeing their jobs evaporate before their eyes, 83 percent of the workers signed a petition saying they would rather forget the union, but it was too late as far as the company was concerned.

Page 126: difficulty

But the diffculty of maintaining regulatory neutrality, upholding objectivity and avoiding favoritism, [...]

Page 137: par. 1: service

The “problem” for the regulators was that the irregular coach operators were running practically a regular route sevice on long-haul runs, and this was competition with the trunks that the regulators felt had to stop.

Page 137: end of par. 1: benefited

So once again we see that regulation can mean anything but security for those who are regulated, or economy for those who are supposedly benefitted—the consumers.

Page 138: par. 0: stratagem

Meanwhile, Northeast by one legal strategem or another managed to keep flying to Florida—long past the deadline of November 15, 1963, set by the CAB.

Page 138: par. 1: besieged

But pressure is an old story to the CAB and to every other regulatory agency ever beseiged by attorneys, witnesses, politicians, lobbyists, industry people, and other interested parties—but rarely, if ever, by the consumer.

Page 146: par. 0: Accidental ’ instead of ”

The FCC is also concerned with the frequency and “loudness’ of commercials but the Federal Trade Commission, as noted, has jurisdiction over false and misleading advertising over the air.

Page 147: bottom par.: Missing period after second "P.M"

Zenith had overriden Secretary of Commerce Hoover’s licensing restrictions of the wavelength of 332.4 meters and hours of operation limited to 10:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M on Thursdays, provided that such hours were not wanted by General Electric’s Denver station.

Page 148: end of par. 0: Missing closing ”

Meanwhile, the Senate passed a resolution declaring the airwaves to be “the inalienable possession of the people of the United States:

Page 152: two Footnote 1s are located in the text.

Page 156: par. 2 (Middle of Page): candidates

It was suspended with bipartisan support for the 1960 elections which permitted TV debates between candidates Kennedy and Nixon and left out some twenty-two other candididates.

Page 165: par. 1: criteria

In each case the regulators attempt not only to gauge the market forces of supply and demand but also to gauge such distinctly nonmarket citeria as a congressionally-required “balanced national transportation system” and “parity between farm and nonfarm prices,” as prevailed in the 1909-1914 period.

Page 172: par. 0: wrong closing quotation mark

Consider, for example, the additional pennies per gallon of gasoline imposed on the consumer by the government’s oil import quota policy—a policy established in the name of “national defense“ but eagerly sought by the domestic oil producers.

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