This time it’s Dianne Feinstein, who has proposed legislation criminalizing the sale of tickets to January’s Obamapalooza:
In a brief Senate floor speech this afternoon, Feinstein said the measure would make it a misdemeanor to scalp coveted tickets to President-elect Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Anyone caught doing so faces a fine, imprisonment for up to one year or both, she said.
Tickets to the inauguration are in such wildly high demand that phones in congressional offices, which hand out the tickets free of charge, are ringing incessantly. Though they’re supposed to be free, inauguration tickets have been seen advertised on Craigslist, eBay and other sites for huge sums. EBay and its ticket-selling site StubHub have now agreed to prohibit the sale of inauguration tickets on their auction sites, prompting Feinstein to commend them and thank them from the Senate floor.
You see, with a wave of the wand and a blink of the eye, Congress can make the quantity of tickets demanded equal the quantity supplied. Magic!