Some people are horrified that tickets for Barack Obama's Inauguration have been --gasp! -- scalped:
“I believe the scalping of inaugural tickets runs contrary to the spirit of this historic Inauguration,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Rules Committee chairwoman who has introduced legislation to bar their sale.
Nonsense. Scalping the tickets is exactly in the spirit of the Inauguration, which is about the peaceful switchover of power in a democratic, capitalistic country -- free markets and free minds, as the folks at Reason magazine are fond of saying. The exchange of goods and services between willing sellers and buyers is about as free as it gets. I've never understood the animosity toward scalping, which is capitalism at its purest. And it's not like the "scalpers" --