Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Liberals believe the law of supply and demand is suspended during times of scarcity caused by natural disasters. Hotels charging high prices after a hurricane is shameful, harms the local economy.
Liberals believe the law of supply and demand is in full effect during times of scarcity caused by sporting events. Hotels charging high prices for the Superbowl is wonderful, helps the local economy.
Herein the problem with ascribing morality to mathematics.
What really grinds me about the hurricane article is the self-absorbed arrogance of the writer. It demonstrates the stunning disconnect between the leftist media and the real world. They have the audacity to write this article about a TV crew being gouged while sucking up scarce resources (hotel space, food, water, gasoline) so the TV crew can document the misery of the locals which the TV crew will use, not to alleviate the misery, but to increase ratings which will enable the TV station to sell more advertising at higher prices and thereby earn a larger profit. If anybody is engaging in exploitation, it’s the media.
The TV crew should be charged a 1000% markup, or more. It’s a public service to do so. A natural disaster is a limited opportunity to charge high prices to outsiders who are carpet-bagging their way into the region. It’s an opportunity to take from the vultures to support the local economy that is in turmoil. They should be happy to pay for a better Houston.
It’s all about who the heroes and villains are on any given day.