The oil and airline industries are also not at all market based whatsoever. OPEC, a coalition of oil sheiks, says, "let's see how many palaces we can live in at once without blushing. Raise the oil price $20 a barrel!", and that's that. Not market controlled whatsoever. Prices for the product then go up, oil companies than raise their prices more than enough to cover it, and the average Joe is left to pay for these sheiks palaces and Bentleys, while paying the middle man (oil companies) costs, astronomical CEO retirement packages, etc, just so OPEC and oil companies can further screw the consumer. What they are doing is not at all free-market capitalism. They are waging a greedy war with price controls, artificially low supply, etc, and nothing is being done about it.
All the oil companies can say in their defense is that there is "limited supply". Horsehockey! There is a hell of a lot of oil left on the planet, they just refuse to do anything with it. These companies have discovered a loophole in the system that allows them to run amok and bend the public over, just like the robber-barons did way back when (the word "robber" isn't there for no reason....). One can only hope that eventually, the government will crush these corporate gangsters, as they should have many years ago. I couldn't go through 100 million in my lifetime...a 70 year old man who is obviously obese doesn't need a 400 million retirement package (of course, he probably has a lot of his ridiculous salary from previous years stashed away....AND he's getting social security UGH!). Now what sounds like a better idea....plenty of Americans dipping below the poverty line, and ones already there starving because this SOB needs $400 million to spend in his last 10 or maybe 20 years, or the companies prices being controlled, to help people out and stop our economy from complete collapse? Just because something can be done, does not mean it should. Sure, they CAN make ridiculous money, but when it hurts everyone else in the nation, it shouldn't be allowed, purely out of common sense and having even an inkling of caring for the average Joe.