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Lighthouses and regulation

A while back I came across the guide to the Foreign Service Office Selection Program. The sample questions are fun to try at home and one in particular caught my eye:

All of the following are examples of United States products that would typically fail to be produced to optimal output without government intervention EXCEPT:

A. national defense products B. light provided by lighthouses C. new automobiles D. new highways

The correct answer is C, which makes sense when you look at the competition in that marketplace. (How this question applies to GM/Chrysler is perhaps a slightly different matter these days...)

The interesting part for me was the lighthouses. Who knew.