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Philadelphia at a Crossroads as Virgin Dumps Flights

Philadelphia at a Crossroads as Virgin Dumps Flights

My favorite airline, Virgin America has decided that the 5th largest metropolitan area in the United States would be better off being part of a monopoly rather than helping keep costs down and service levels up. Having offices on the West coast and in Philadelphia, I am one their loyal travelers that defected from U S Scare and their third world version of service.  I was so happy to find that better seats, better attitudes, better food, actual entertainment on long flights actually existed and were available out of the Philadelphia airport. Now, Virgin has decided that gates in New York and DC are more important than a couple of flights to/from Philly.  Are they freaking Ranger  fans? So now, the only non-stops to LA are with the likes of US/AA. LA prices will now go through the roof. What’s Virgin going to do about that?  Nothing.  So what should we do? Not send them cheesesteaks? But it’s more than that. It’s an embarrassment to the City. What should...

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The Flood of Political Reality

The Flood of Political Reality

Thanks to the Senate and all the people that helped push the Senate to pass the first step of the reform to Biggerts-Waters 12.  Now, the focus is now on the House of Representatives. We need a head count. There are 180 members that are for the bill that we know. We need 218 votes to approve. That 38 more yeas.After that, the White House is not on board. We need to send to the White House our concerns. In order to get this through, the WH and probably the House will need to offset the subsidy with other spending. These are the hard choices that politicians make.  this is where negotiation and diplomacy takes over.  Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana will be earning her stripes to convince her peers and the President that the flood nightmare that affects many, many Americans that can’t afford the new flood bills. What should we offset in the federal budget to give the flood subsidy? Be prepared for compromise and maybe a loss...

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