All is laissez-faire

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During a recent speech, Bob Crandall, the ever-effervescent former AA chairman, lambasted the Transportation Department for investigating ways to nurture-slash-mandate more competition in the airline industry, adding that the free market should determine how things play out. And I suppose that Bob would jump off the Empire State Building if the free market told him to.

In a stomach-turning display of international inhospitality, protesters in Costa Rica blocked a group of gay and lesbian tourists, who were clients of Los Angeles-based Atlantis Events. A message to the protesters: Every tourist's blood is red, and every tourist's money is green. Get a real cause.

Members of the American Car Rental Association voted to disband the organization. And I thought for sure that was one organization with unlimited mileage.

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