One of the most shameful sights of self-interest we've seen in quite a while in Washington, D.C., came last Friday when members of Congress were preparing to take a break and fly home (or to some junket in the Bahamas) for the weekend.
But because of their own actions (or lack thereof, actually), which created the sequester cuts, there might not have been enough air traffic controllers to get them out of town on time. They'd have been forced to suffer for their actions just as all the other American citizens had been suffering.
Instead, they quickly approved an exemption to sequester in order to keep FAA air traffic controllers in the towers, just before they ran to catch their flights. Despite what they'd done to the country, it wouldn't do if they, themselves, were inconvenienced. They needed to get home and renew their rhetoric that they were "one with the people."
This action, of course, didn't sit well with all the other federal employees who are taking pay cuts of up to 20 percent as a result of sequester. You can see them right now all looking for some congressman who's going to be personally affected by something they aren't doing right now because of the cuts, so they, too, can get an exemption and get paid.
Sequester is a disaster -- unless you're a congressman, in which case you can easily fix it to meet your own needs. Now, if they'd only respond to the needs of the rest of us with such speed and alacrity.
-- Kelly Everitt