I’m sick and tired of people saying the government should stay out of it, that the free market will take care of everything, that people should purchase a different item, etc. I’m all for a market oriented economy but the idea that a free market will solve everything is nonsense. The market is not a perfect mechanism because it involves people and people are far from perfect. People all too often don’t act rationally and a free market, to work perfectly, depends upon people acting rationally. The idea that an item is underpriced and these people are speculating is nonsense. What these people are doing are scooping up a limited supply that is already priced fairly and at market value and artificially limiting the supply to drive up the price well above its real value. The idea that the government has no place is utterly without logical foundation. The government can be a market force that balances the scale back to where it should be by preventing parties from unfairly throwing things out of balance and proacting instead of reacting when it’s too late to properly act. However, I’m well aware of government overreach and that the government can over react. However, this is a case that something should be done in order to make sure the system doesn’t go out of whack.