Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Pampered World of Congressional Air Travel

Members of Congress leave the Capitol on April 26 following a vote on the FAA funding sequestration

Members of Congress leave the Capitol on April 26 following a vote on the FAA funding sequestration  

On Friday, the Internet erupted in fury over Congress’s vote to reverse the automatic cuts that were causing air-traffic controllers to be furloughed, delaying hundreds of flights—see, for instance, Josh Barro at Bloomberg View or Brian Beutler at Talking Points Memo. Critics pointed out that it was appalling for Congress to undo the sequester cuts that inconvenienced travelers while leaving in place the cuts to such programs as Head Start and Meals on Wheels that affect tens of thousands of poor people, many of them children and seniors. The obvious conclusion is that Congress cares much more about the problems of rich air travelers (who are regular voters) and will act quickly to solve them.

For the rest of the story: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-30/the-pampered-world-of-congressional-air-travel#r=rss

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