Dysfunctional Relationship
The Reason for
Congressional dysfunction
July 26, 2016
To put it briefly, it’s minority rule. 
In the House, under the Hastert Rule -named for
a disgraced  former Speaker – legislation cannot be voted on unless a
majority of the majority approve
So, as little as 26% can block votes. In the
Senate, as explained to me by former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole,
unanimous consent is required for most votes. Any one senator can place an
indefinite and anonymous hold on legislation and the mere threat of a
filibuster normally stops the Senate cold.
These congressional rules used by both parties
thwart majority rule and popular will in a way never imagined by the Founding
Fathers and not supported by anything in the Constitution.

They enable partisan factions, or even a single member of Congress, to block
legislation and even shut down the government. When approval of a governing
legislature sinks to single digits in other countries it often leads to
revolution or a coup.

Short of that, or a state-called constitutional convention, both parties and
both presidential candidates should make restoration of majority rule in
Congress a cornerstone of reform for 2017.  

Otherwise it will be SOS going forward, as
practical, popular and needed legislation is continually smashed, needed
compromises cannot happen and American government will continue as by and for entrenched
special interests. 
Paul Hudson
President, FlyersRights.org
Sarasota, Florida
The Newsletter couldn’t
miss a chance to take advantage of the Brexit-devalued Pound Sterling, so
it”ll be touring the UK until mid-August, and experiencing several flights as
a refresher of passenger rights abuses, albeit, nothing like in the
US. Until then, we’ll be bringing you some Timeless Greatest Hits from
older editions. Stay tuned…
Pie In The Sky!
Orig. published Feb. 3, 2016 

Will the Earth still turn if we all stayed
home and didn’t fly? That’s one of the many many suggestions you’ve
proposed to FlyersRights. The letters-to-the-editor we receive show a
deep well of anger among air travelers. 
So, in this newsletter we highlight some of
the gems you’ve sent in:
– Let’s make a statement to the airlines, just
to get their attention, and pick a day or week where we’ll agree not to fly
– After 15 minutes, an airline would be
penalized $10 for every minute a passenger stood in line at check in.
– If anyone on board a flight finds that
another passenger paid less for a ticket, everyone who paid more will get a
– No plane would leave the gate and taxi to
the runway until it was cleared for flight, saving the airline gas and the
passengers time.
– The overhead compartment would be for the
exclusive use of the passengers sitting underneath it. No one else could put
anything in it without written permission.
– Every plane would have an aisle wide enough
to permit a passenger to maneuver past a drink cart to the
– Prohibit irritating announcements.
For example, no crew member would be allowed to thank everyone for their
patience after a two hour delay, when passengers aren’t patient, but mad as
– Passengers would get to judge the In-Flight
Entertainment as ‘Good’, ‘Acceptable’, ‘Poor’ or ‘Nonworking.’ If the vote
averaged less than ‘Acceptable,’ then the airline would provide free
in-flight WiFi to affected passengers for a year.
– If your baggage went to the wrong city, the
passenger would be entitled to a free flight to that city after he got his
bag back.
– The flight schedules would be based on the
average time it took to get from one city to another, from the moment the
aircraft door was closed to the moment it was opened at its destination.

– If an airline faked a repair problem and cancelled a lightly booked flight
to save money, it would be penalized $100 per passenger. (Airlines are
notorious for this, and American Airlines has been fined heavily in
recent years for getting caught by the FAA.). Same applies to
faked mechanicals, fictitious weather, etc.

– There will be a cash inconvenience refund of
$10 per passenger when the plane being boarded is at the gate farthest from
the terminal, which is almost always. 

– Banish announcements saying, ‘If there is anything flight attendants can do
for you to make your flight more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to ask.’
We know flight attendants have their hands full and are far too busy to help

– There will be a $10 cash refund for each passenger for every minute the
pilot is wrong on his estimate of when the plane will reach the gate. The
cash will be handed out as passengers deplane instead of “Thank you for
flying with us.” 

– The price of a ticket will not be arbitrary but based on the distance
between the two cities spanned by the flight. 
– Airlines that raise fares when the price of
fuel goes up must lower them when the price of fuel declines.

– When there are more than 10 persons in any line at a check in counter, the
airline must open another position. 

– No passenger will wait more than 15 minutes
to have his or her baggage delivered at the luggage carousel after landing.
– We put a man on the moon. We built the
pyramids. We discovered and mapped DNA. But we can’t figure out how to hire
personable, well-motivated TSA staff given their obscene budget, and make
security check-in a pleasant and efficient experience?
In summary, it’s death
by a thousand cuts that makes flying such an awful experience. So let’s
channel this negative energy into motivation and power. 
We’re sick and tired
and not going to take it anymore!

Getting on a Plane? 
Put This Number in Your Phone:
1 (877) Flyers6
  1 (877) 359-3776

The FlyersRights HOTLINE!

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