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> Trucking represents a considerable portion of the cost of all the goods we buy, so consumers everywhere will experience this change as lower prices and higher standards of living.

No, consumers won't. The savings will be funneled directly to shareholders.

Fuel is half the price it was two years ago. So we should already be enjoying massive savings, right?

Not really, competition will eventually drive down the prices.

People say things like this, then we end up with the cable (TV/Internet) industry.

Cable companies are universally granted local monopolies in the US; by definition they are an example of what happens when you artificially limit competition.

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