Chuck Schumer

Inauguration Day Ticket Scalpers Worry Chuck Schumer

A number of tickets were made available on Ticketmaster for $60, now fetching up to $2,000

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The Presidential Inauguration Committee wanted to use Ticketmaster to sell a limited amount of inauguration day tickets to potential buyers for $60 a piece. But Ticketmaster released the ticket a day earlier than expected, and they were quickly sold out. Now it's helping to fuel concerns of "scalping."

Senator Chuck Schumer, a member of the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies (important stuff with $16 trillion in debt!), has already stepped in, getting eBay and CraigsList to remove listings for the inaugural tickets, which can fetch up to $2000. The inauguration shouldn't be a chance to "make a quick buck," Schumer said. But why not? This is still America, after all. Estimates for how much business the event could help generate reach half a billion dollars.  Vendors are sure to push Obama wares around the city, as some have been doing since 2007.

And if inaugural tickets are distributed for free, they're bound to be made available by people who don't want to go or who'd prefer some extra money in their pocket. Schumer says the event is a chance to "celebrate our democracy."  But there's nothing democratic about handing out tickets to those best connected to the levers of power. Scalping those tickets, on the other hand, seems a celebration of the free market spirit that's helped enrich the country.

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  1. I almost rented out my condo for the last inauguration. but i didn’t want people having victory sex in my home.

  2. Hey Schumer, Fuck you, cut spending.

  3. Senator Chuck Schumer, a member of the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies (important stuff with $16 trillion in debt!), has already stepped in, getting eBay and CraigsList to remove listings for the inaugural tickets, which can fetch up to $2000.

    I would expect nothing less from this fascist fuck.

    1. Everything’s OK as long as people are doing what Chuckie wants.

  4. IF WE PERMIT THE SCOURGE OF TICKET RESELLING, TERRORISTS FROM THE NO FLY LIST WILL BE ABLE TO BUY INAUGURATION TICKETS!!111!!!!

    CHUCK SCHUMER COULD BE ENDANGERED

  5. What kind of a retard would spend two dollars on an inauguration ticket much less 2000?

    And whoever is buying those tickets is doubly stupid. They crowd is going to be very small. No one gives a shit to watch Big Daddy Strut around and spit on the Lincoln Bible. There will be plenty of good seats available. Trust me.

    1. What kind of a retard would spend two dollars on an inauguration ticket much less 2000?

      A lot of the speshul snowflakes who voted for this assclown for starters.

      1. In case you haven’t been paying attention, and judging from the number of low information voters, you haven’t. Big Daddy is getting inaugurated this weekend. Good seats are still available.

    2. Same people who buy those $20 commemorative Obama plates that they can’t make fast enough.

    3. The actual tickets are for the grandstand area, I believe, and I’m sure those are a hot commodity for the True Kool-Aid Drinkers, since they are relatively limited.

      It’s the hordes of people willing to stand in the cold on the Mall just to be in some of proximity to the inauguration that are in much shorter supply this year compared to 2008. Apparently, the hotels in DC are reporting low demand for rooms.

  6. Chuck Schumer has a tiny, tiny penis.

    1. But big moobies.

      1. Every thorn has its rose.

  7. OHHH NOES…TEH SKALPERZES!

    What a fuckstain. How come Chucky-babe wasn’t included on the cover of time with the other three “Gunfighter” idiots?

  8. Schumer says the event is a chance to “celebrate our democracy.” But there’s nothing democratic about handing out tickets to those best connected to the levers of power.

    When Chuck “bitchtits” Schumer talks about “our democracy” that’s exactly what he is talking about. He’s not talking about democracy in the same way the proles understand it, but in the way he and hil ilk understand it. Which is all about handing out tickets (and other favors) to those best connected to the levers of power. All the while promising enough “free shit” to the moron brigade (aka voters) back home to get elected over and over.

  9. …and besides, we can’t have people getting rich by providing a commodity or service to others at a price they’re willing to pay. That would just be downright … capitalistic.

  10. “The inauguration shouldn’t be a chance to “make a quick buck,” Schumer said.”

    You know, except the government that was selling tickets for $60. That’s totally okay.

    Fuck Chuck Schumer.

  11. And why the fuck am I getting an ad that says “Think big and end gun killings” paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (another fucking progressive org? What are they multiplying?) on this page? Go ahead fuck-tards waste your money putting ads up on reason.com. Morons.

    1. I’ve got one up right now from Al Franken…KORPORASHUNZ are not people…help overturn citizens united. Advertising money well spent.

      1. Now I’ve got one for “Offical Obama Inaugral” schwag. “Shop now: Get your official shirt and celebrate the 2013 inauguration!”

        I might get one just so I can burn it in effigy.

    2. Click on it so Reason gets some money, with the progtards paying. For bonus points, do so on a mobile or iPhone (clicks on those ads are expensive).

      1. What are these ads you keep talking about?

    3. All I’m getting is a bevy of Thai girls. Google must have sensed my high testosterone levels.

      1. Shit, it just changed to an ad for a t-shirt with Leo DaVinci’s famous man in a circle, except he has priapism. WTF?

        1. Oh never mind that’s a guitar. I wish I could edit, now.

      2. Either that or you have a lot of searches for Thai pornography in your search history (NTTAWWT).

        1. Probably, but that’s totally the fault of my shitty speech to text software. Searching for Bangkok and Phuket takes you places you don’t want to go.

          1. One night of Google makes a hard man humble.

      3. I still see the glorious Bad Ideas T-shirt ads.

        1. …and now I’ve got the Bad Ideas T-shirts ad with a hot blonde in a low cut pink tank top and short cut-off shorts bending over showing her cleavage. NICE.

          1. Her tan lines suck.

          2. What ever happened to MEH girl? Haven’t seen her in a while. I liked her white cotton panties.

            Libertarians sure must buy a lot of T-shirts.

            Speaking of which…

            HEY Nick. I sent you guys the money you were begging for…

            WHERE’S MY T-SHIRT?

            1. This is why there aren’t any women libertarians.

  12. Scalping those tickets, on the other hand, seems a celebration of the free market spirit that’s helped enrich the country.

    First of all, the free market spirit hasn’t “helped” enrich the country, it has singlehandedly enriched the country despite parasites like Chucky Bitchtits’ best efforts, and secondly, that is why he disapproves, because the free market doesn’t make Chuck Schumer feel special and powerful.

  13. Come on chuck. If you lest show your moobs to one the Secret Service Agents at the check point, he will let you in. A man with moobs like yours should never have to pay scalpers.

  14. Why would anyone pay to see this?

    But I tell ypou what I would pay to see. Prince, is playing three nights at the Dakota, a jazz club in downtown Minneapolis that seats about 260 people. The reviews are fantastic. The top ticket price (basically first row) is only $250. I think that’s a pretty great deal.

    1. The top ticket price (basically first row) is only $250. I think that’s a pretty great deal.

      Maybe if you plan on sneaking in some eggs and rotten fruit to pelt his ass with. Or plan on heckling the shit out of him. That might be worth $250.

      1. Doing that to Prince in Minneapolis might be the only way to have a MN native get violent with you.

  15. Shouldn’t they be selling the tickets to help close the deficit?

  16. The inauguration shouldn’t be a chance to “make a quick buck,” Schumer said.

    Chuckie is right. The inauguration shouldn’t be a chance to make a quick buck. The only people who should be making bucks off the inauguration are the contractors whose kids play baseball with the Congresscritters’ little spawn, the vendors who are properly inspected and licensed, the unions (BLESSED BE THE UNIONS who build us such magnificent structures for exorbitant prices), and the party planners.

    Long live the Ancient Regime, I mean, DEMOCRACY!

  17. Hey, is today some sort of “Go shoot your gun!” day?

    Because it’s looking a lot like I’m not going skiing, so maybe I should run down to the gun club.

  18. Bloomberg just ran a segment about what the truly special people will be doing for the Ascension. Why *wouldn’t* you happily spend a few hundred grand celebrating the Inauguration of the guy who has and will continue to make you billions?

  19. Is there a bigger pearl clutcher in the Senate than Schumer?

  20. The inauguration shouldn’t be a chance to “make a quick buck,” Schumer said.

    “What is it about we’re for economic fallacies don’t you understand?”

    Schumer says the event is a chance to “celebrate our democracy.” But there’s nothing democratic about handing out tickets to those best connected to the levers of power.

    Of course it does! Democracy comes from the Greek for “Let’s have some graft.”

  21. Scalping those tickets, on the other hand, seems a celebration of the free market spirit that’s helped enrich the country.

    Scalping is a manifestation of people’s freedom to contract and trade and that is just too icky and pedestrian for the more illuminated of sophisticates.

  22. Missed opportunity to auction off the tickets and have the party planners reap the arbitrage benefits directly. Selling tickets way below market is like giving away money, whether to scalpers who re-sell or guests who enjoy the surplus.

    Shouldn’t it be a good thing for a politician that people will pay 33x face value just to be in the same room where he’s partying?

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