Inauguration Fever Hits Arkansas, Tix in Demand

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Arkansas congressional delegation offices receive an object lesson in the principles of scarcity and supply and demand as requests for presidential inauguration tickets pour in. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Jane Fullerton reports:

Each office expects to receive about 200 tickets — there are a total of 240,000 — which will be distributed just days before the ceremony and must be picked up in person. The tickets are free, and available only through congressional offices, so organizers have warned repeatedly against purchasing any tickets online, saying any such offer would be bogus.

“The whole delegation is working together to help as many constituents as possible,” [Sen. Mark Pryor spokesman Lisa] Ackerman said. “We’re trying to spread them as far as possible.”

Since it’s congressional staff developing the distribution process, I’m sure that the process will be as convoluted and asinine as you can possibly imagine. I don’t know why they’re making it so difficult—there’s nothing easier than distributing tickets equitably. Just print ’em up on some gold slips and stick ’em into a random assortment of chocolate bars to be sold in stores around the state. If it’s good enough for getting in to the chocolate factory, it’s good enough for the inauguration.

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2 thoughts on “Inauguration Fever Hits Arkansas, Tix in Demand

  • November 23, 2008 at 10:13 am
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    “…the principles of scarcity and supply and demand…”

    I hope them evil hedge fund operators and them speculators don’t get ahold of them thar tickets. Then people would be makin’ a profit and who knows what would happen to our economy.

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  • November 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm
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    Well, if you can’t get tix to the inauguration, you can always buy an Obama gold dollar or plate off of TV. Thank you, Mr. Obama, you have broken down the barriers of race in this country. Because of you, millions of African Americans will be able to own crappy “collectibles” that were before only available to white trash. You have earned a spot of honor between Dale Earnhardt and Elvis in the halls of the Franklin Mint. Your image will now be festooned upon thousands of trinkets that will displayed in America’s tailer parks, waiting for the next tornado to come and sweep them away in color blind winds that blow for you as equally as they blow for Rhett Butler and John Wayne.

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