At the heart of the issue is the freedom to make a contract with another individual without government sticking its omnipresent nose into it. Should motel owner charge more during a disaster? That's a moral decision he must make.The customer always has the right to appeal to the owner for a better price, we do it every day. If society feels they were gouged during a time of disaster, they always have the right not to patronize a business or to picket the business. When it comes to prices, society should make the determination, not government.
Here's a which-is-better question for you. Suppose a New Jersey motel room rented for $125 a night prior to Hurricane Sandy's devastation. When the hurricane hits, a husband, wife and their two youngsters might seek the comfort of renting two adjoining rooms. However, when they arrive at the motel, they find that rooms now rent for $250. At that price, they might decide to make do with one room. In my book, that would be wonderful. That decision would make a room available for another family who had to evacuate Sandy's wrath. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others condemn this...
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