Blogger’s Note: This post originally appeared on Friday April 26 but disappeared due to system problems.
It’s nice that Congress managed to unclog the air routes by un-sequestering air traffic controllers at small airports such as Tweed in New Haven, but really, the gesture is less than public-spirited.
Former state Rep. Patrick J. Flaherty, now an economist at the state Department of Labor, posted this comment on Facebook before the House voted:
“So when the unpoor (air travelers) are inconvenienced by a reduction in government services the U.S. Senate can move quickly to address the issue….yet the overall unemployment crisis continues….”
Count the men and women in Congress, most of the frequent flyers, as part of that “unpoor” group.
And Flaherty isn’t alone. U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, pointed out the inconsistency.
“Sequestration still is causing significant harm to military readiness at a time when threats in Syria, North Korea and the Persian Gulf are posing increased risk,” Courtney said late Friday in a written release. “This is in addition to kicking kids out of Head Start, cutting unemployment insurance and curtailing Meals on Wheels for seniors. ”
Now all we need is a majority in Congress with family members who are at-risk kids, jobless adults or low-income, elderly shut-ins. Or a moment of political sanity. Don’t look for either anytime soon.