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With legislation cruising through both houses of Congress to relieve the effects of the Sequester on flight delays, a bill will likely land on the President's desk soon for signature.  This bill will relieve the rich of the effects of a policy that no one wants, while leaving many of the nation's vulnerable short of basic needs.

I've created a petition at the White House website that asks the White House to veto any legislation that seeks to reduce the effects of the sequester on FAA funding before funding is returned to pre-sequester levels for the Head Start program.  

You can sign the petition here.

Why Head Start?

Head Start is one of the most vital programs in America, offering the poor and working Americans alike the chance to give their children the educational foundation they need to create a better life for themselves one day.  Study after study shows that Pre-Schooling for children is among the most vital aspects of whether children will succeed in attaining their greatest potential.  It is a SHAME that we are considering legislation that would ease flight delays on millionaires while parents are drafting tickets from lotteries to find out whether their children can attend pre-k Head Start programs!  

Certainly, there are many, many other programs that I could have chosen.  Assistance for Seniors, help for the disabled, VA programs, etc.  All are worthy.  All are necessary.  But, in the interest of putting together a meaningful petition, I chose a program that I think most Americans regardless of political affiliation can agree is vital to helping our children.

Petition the White House today and make our voice heard!

9:43 AM PT: And, of course, the House has approved it as well.

It's headed to Obama's desk for signature.  

When Congress deems something important, ain't it amazing what they can get done ... and fast?!

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  •  I think your analysis is missing a step... (1+ / 0-)
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    high uintas

    ...why do we think easing the effect of the sequester on the FAA will benefit (only benefit?) millionaires?  

    •  It's a turn of phrase, my friend. (4+ / 0-)

      Obviously, flight delays hurt lots of people.  People of all stripes.  But, it's not the little guy flying to Kansas that has Congress up in arms; it's that their rich buddies are waiting an extra 30 minutes to board First Class and have chilled OJ placed on their arm rest that has caused such an upheaval.

      A ticket on an airplane is a luxury we choose to participate in.  It gets us from point A to point B quickly.  A delay in that flight is an inconvenience.

      It's effects are felt in a minor manner by those who choose to spend money on a ticket.

      Head Start and other programs that are important to the future and present of many people who couldn't even dream of affording a plane ticket are hurting for the money that was cut by the Sequester.  Congress shouldn't be falling over itself to resolve FAA delays; it should be falling over itself to save Head Start.

      •  Lots of people have to travel for their work. (0+ / 0-)

        I agree that this should be less of a priority than something like Head Start.  I just think its silly to imply that only 1%-ers fly.  Lots of average folks travel for business and pleasure.  

        I don't think someone who travels for business or has to fly in for a family emergency is choosing to participate in an unnecessary luxury.  

    •  That's easy, but indirect, (1+ / 0-)
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      Most travel in the US is for business or pleasure, both of these ultimately benefit US corporations. The wealth of the US has been, over the last 30 years, concentrated more and more in the hands of the wealthiest.

      The Sequester has imposed cuts on the FAA which in turn has resulted in the ability to safely conduct a smaller number of flights through the Air Traffic Control system. Continuation of this MAY result in fewer people willing to subject themselves to air travel, reducing business and pleasure travel, reducing the income to companies that cater to such traveling people.

      The net beneficiaries of a smooth running air travel system are millionaires. The fact that you, as a traveling individual, may be less aggravated is a side-effect, not the main purpose of the Senate bill.

    •  17% of the public flies (1+ / 0-)
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      get it?

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:17:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Dems finally got (1+ / 0-)
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    some leverage and are throwing it away for nothing. No tax hikes on the rich in return?
    Pelosi and Hoyer came out against it, but it is too late. Everyone's hero Bernie Sanders did zilch in the Senate to block it. I wish Obama would look up 'leverage' in the dictionary.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

    by GustavMahler on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 09:42:41 AM PDT

  •  After the silent but immediate repeal of (0+ / 0-)

    the STOCK act, I see stuff like this as merely routine for the malignant infestation on the body politic that we call our government.

  •  "millionaire" is shorthand for "upper income", but (1+ / 0-)
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    not inappropriate when contrasting air travelers with families served by Head Start. Not sure how old this data is, but one profile of passengers broke it down like this:

    Under $20K 3%
    $20K-$35K 6%
    $35K-$50K 10%
    $50K-$75K 18%
    $75K-$100K 16%
    $100K+ 32%

    Sr. Management 12%
    Other Management 11%
    Professional 27%
    Technical 8%
    Sales 8%
    Admin 5%
    Retired 16%

    100% Business 3%
    75% Business/25% Leisure 26%
    50% Business/50% Leisure 17%
    25% Business/75% Leisure 17%
    100% Leisure 37%

    The FAA sequester cuts have also closed towers at small airfields, inconveniencing private plane owners, and corporate/charter jet passengers.

    A veto is risky for PBO. One little accident on the runway and it will be All His Fault. But I'll sign the petition... perhaps it will encourage him say something about Head Start when he signs the FAA funding.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 10:08:16 AM PDT

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