On Monday, April 22, I was annoyed, but days later, on Friday, April 26, I was heartbroken. On Monday, our flight from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh was delayed, canceled and rescheduled for the next morning. The airline cited 'weather' as the reason, but frustrated passengers muttered 'sequester' as we found places to stay for an extra night. We arrived home the next day, but all week travelers would endure similar delays. Our collective frustrations reached the ears of legislators who, through an almost unimaginable act of bipartisanship, fixed the problem swiftly on Friday.
It turns out that, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, both houses of Congress can move efficiently to solve America's problems. Thank you elected officials, but now I have a question for you and your constituents (including myself).
Why is it that we can move decisively to fix our air travel woes, but we hem and haw about sequester issues related to programs like Head Start and nutrition programs for women and infants? Is it because we don't understand the long-term financial consequences of these decisions? Or is it because they don't personally affect people, like me, who are wealthy enough to spend a lot of time in airports?