Price gouging and the hurricane
Whenever a disaster limits resources, or changes the need for resources, politicians look for prices to rise, and then pounce on the merchants with accusations of price gouging.
It is a great political trick because the politician knows that the economically ignorant will react with emotion in favour of the politician. But pandering to ignorant emotion is the worst way to form public policy.
I have taken this issue up on the air, and to my pleasant surprise, many people have written to me with positive feedback. But the ones who have argued that I am a horrible person who hates the poor, have NO economic argument to offer. They sent emotional rants about how horible I am. When I asked them to offer an economic argument on how I was wrong, they sent more juvenile rantings.
You know what the problem is? Those people probably vote.
Read up. Here is a piece from a fabulous eonomist, Thomas Sowell.