When it comes to dampening the effects of the sequester Washington could not find common ground on cancer patients, disabled veterans, and seniors facing travel hardship. But rich frequent flyers? No problem. Somehow the cool saucer of the Senate that can not seem to ever get anything done from guns to immigration sprang in to action – TARP style – to make sure their jet setting constituents/donors would not have to wait.

The Senate passed a bill on Thursday evening to end air traffic controller furloughs caused by the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester that have been blamed for mounting flight delays across the country.

The passage of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), capped a day of scrambling that saw lawmakers alternate between trying to pass a quick legislative fix for the air traffic controllers’ furloughs and point fingers at each other for the flight delays they caused.

The rich can not be inconvenienced.

The lurch toward a legislative fix to the mounting flight delays came as airlines reported Thursday that 16,000 people had sent comments to Congress and the Obama administration calling for a resolution to the air traffic controller furloughs

Wow, 16,000 comments from the public. That’s all it usually takes to break a deadlock in the Senate.

Washington’s real constituency are the rich campaign donor class who are not hurt by most of the consequences of the sequester, so it can go on. But the minute the rich feel the pinch suddenly the most dysfunctional slow moving institution in government, the U.S. Senate, can not work fast enough to solve the problem. It’s the best democracy money can buy.

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