Price Controls Photos on Townhall

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              A woman who just bought toilet paper at a grocery store reads her receipt as she leaves the private store in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 15, 2013.  First milk, butter, coffee and

    A woman who just bought toilet paper at a grocery store reads her receipt as she leaves the private store in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. First milk, butter, coffee and

    Posted: 5/16/2013 3:11:07 AM EST
    A woman who just bought toilet paper at a grocery store reads her receipt as she leaves the private store in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities _ toilet paper. Economists say Venezuela's shortages stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government's controls on foreign currency. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza points to a bag of corn flour as he gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday

    Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza points to a bag of corn flour as he gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday

    Posted: 5/13/2013 7:04:56 PM EST
    Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza points to a bag of corn flour as he gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday that, in his words, "the accusations that we are producing less than last year are false," rejecting President Nicolas Maduro's claims that it's to blame for the country's persistent food shortages. Mendoza offered to buy or rent government-owned corn processing plants to increase Venezuela's production, and food makers say shortages of basic foods like sugar, milk, butter and cornmeal stem from the socialist government's price controls and a lack of foreign currency to pay for imports. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday that, in his words, "the accusation

    Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday that, in his words, "the accusation

    Posted: 5/13/2013 7:04:56 PM EST
    Empresas Polar chief executive Lorenzo Mendoza gives a news conference at his office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 13, 2013. Mendoza said Monday that, in his words, "the accusations that we are producing less than last year are false," rejecting President Nicolas Maduro's claims that it's to blame for the country's persistent food shortages. Mendoza offered to buy or rent government-owned corn processing plants to increase Venezuela's production, and food makers say shortages of basic foods like sugar, milk, butter and cornmeal stem from the socialist government's price controls and a lack of foreign currency to pay for imports. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              In this April 6, 2013 photo, a customer points to fresh chicken at a food market in Caracas, Venezuela. Private food makers, large and small, often sell at a loss because of hundreds of

    In this April 6, 2013 photo, a customer points to fresh chicken at a food market in Caracas, Venezuela. Private food makers, large and small, often sell at a loss because of hundreds of

    Posted: 4/10/2013 3:43:26 AM EST
    In this April 6, 2013 photo, a customer points to fresh chicken at a food market in Caracas, Venezuela. Private food makers, large and small, often sell at a loss because of hundreds of price controls that the government imposed in a losing fight against runaway inflation. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 10:05:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1942, file photo President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the nation via radio and repeated his message to Congress, that it must pass anti-inflation laws by October 1 or that he will take the matter in his own hands and use his executive power to bring about ?overall stabilization on prices, salaries, wages and profits. Roosevelt did establish wage and price controls as part of the nation's emergency response to World War II. Businesses can't attract workers with higher pay so instead they compete through added benefits, including health insurance, which unexpectedly grows into a workplace perk. Workplace plans get a boost the following year when the government says it won't tax employers' contributions to employee health insurance. (AP Photo/File)
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    Posted: 3/26/2012 3:40:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1942, file photo President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the nation via radio and repeated his message to Congress, that it must pass anti-inflation laws by October 1 or that he will take the matter in his own hands and use his executive power to bring about ?overall stabilization on prices, salaries, wages and profits. Roosevelt did establish wage and price controls as part of the nation's emergency response to World War II. Businesses can't attract workers with higher pay so instead they compete through added benefits, including health insurance, which unexpectedly grows into a workplace perk. Workplace plans get a boost the following year when the government says it won't tax employers' contributions to employee health insurance. (AP Photo/File)
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    Posted: 6/20/2011 2:20:51 AM EST
    In this May 22, 2011 photo, a vendor pushes a cart full of tomatoes to a street market in Achacachi, Bolivia. Corn and sugar farmers worried as their crops withered last year during a drought that was the worst in 20 years. But the drought was only the start of their problems: Farmers said they were hurt just as much by price controls that eliminated profits and by other government policies including farm seizures and restrictions on exports. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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    Posted: 6/20/2011 2:20:50 AM EST
    In this May 22, 2011 photo, a woman offers a bowl of potatoes in exchange for pears at a street market in Achacachi, Bolivia. Corn and sugar farmers worried as their crops withered last year during a drought that was the worst in 20 years. But the drought was only the start of their problems: farmers said they were hurt just as much by price controls that eliminated profits and by other government policies including farm seizures and restrictions on exports. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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    Posted: 6/20/2011 2:20:49 AM EST
    In this May 22, 2011 photo, a woman looks at oat crops in Achacachi, Bolivia. Corn and sugar farmers worried as their crops withered last year during a drought that was the worst in 20 years. But the drought was only the start of their problems: Farmers said they were hurt just as much by price controls that eliminated profits and by other government policies including farm seizures and restrictions on exports. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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    Posted: 6/20/2011 2:20:47 AM EST
    In this May 22, 2011 photo, a woman and her daughter carry the harvest of oats in Achacachi, Bolivia. Corn and sugar farmers worried as their crops withered last year during a drought that was the worst in 20 years. But the drought was only the start of their problems: Farmers said they were hurt just as much by price controls that eliminated profits and by other government policies including farm seizures and restrictions on exports. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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    Posted: 6/20/2011 2:20:45 AM EST
    In this May 22, 2011 photo, a woman buys cooking oil at a street market in Achacachi, Bolivia. Corn and sugar farmers worried as their crops withered last year during a drought that was the worst in 20 years. But the drought was only the start of their problems: Farmers said they were hurt just as much by price controls that eliminated profits and by other government policies including farm seizures and restrictions on exports. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  •  - A fruit and vegetable shop owner watches for customers on a street in central Beijing

    A fruit and vegetable shop owner watches for customers on a street in central Beijing

    Posted: 3/23/2011 11:37:52 PM EST
    A fruit and vegetable shop owner watches for customers on a street in central Beijing March 24, 2011. China unveiled plans late last year for food price controls and a crack down on speculation in agricultural commodities to contain inflationary pressure that its central bank governor highlighted as a risk, but figures for January revealed price pressures remain their strongest in at least a decade. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)