Let’s be honest: much of the TSA ridiculousness at airports would vanish overnight if Congress had to suffer through ‘security’ like the rest of us. However, those august solons decided to exempt themselves from the hassle (pat downs are for the little people). In that non-egalitarian spirit, we bring you this report (boldface mine):
Comcast also had an even more personal way of sucking up to Washington. Its government-affairs team carried around “We’ll make it right” cards stamped with “priority assistance” codes for fast-tracking help and handed them out to congressional staffers, journalists, and other influential Washingtonians who complained about their service.
A Comcast spokeswoman says this practice isn’t exclusive to DC; every Comcast employee receives the cards, which they can distribute to any customer with cable or internet trouble. Nevertheless, efforts like this one have surely helped Comcast boost its standing inside the Beltway and improve its chances of winning regulatory approval for its next big conquest: merging with the second-largest cable provider in the country, Time Warner Cable.
This might be why some members of Congress (and their staffers) don’t realize why people hate cable companies more than any other corporate entity.
And the congregation responds: This is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.