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Today I considered the role of idiots in the financial crisis, wondered about the other brewing catastrophes we might be missing (don't miss the second comment), and railed against grilled vegetable plates.

Here's what I didn't get to:

1) An index that summarizes the 9/11 Commission Report.

2) When did the Senate become such a lonely, cynical place?

3) Three reasons you should welcome fees for carry-on luggage.

4) If the Federal Reserve really thinks Congress will notice the addition of the word "supervisors" in the Open Market Committee's minutes, they are giving Congress way too much credit.

5) Garry Wills reviews David Remnick's new biography of Barack Obama.

Recipe of the day: Spring panzanella.

By Ezra Klein  |  April 7, 2010; 6:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

Adding to #3, this is one reason to reconsider flying Ryanair:
http://consumerist.com/2010/04/ryanair-going-ahead-with-pay-to-potty-plan.html

Posted by: nehalia4 | April 7, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

That bit about 'welcoming fees for carry-on luggage' is snark, right? I am going to have to question your bona fides on these kinds of consumer issues if you really think fees for checked and carry-on baggage, aisle or window seats, pre-flight reservations, or anything else is going to be offset by reduced fares. C'mon.

Posted by: JJenkins2 | April 7, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

i disagree with the carry on bag charge. Almost everyone has to bring a bag when they fly somewhere. So if there is a fee for checking and a fee for carrying on then the cost should be built into the price of the ticket. Even my small carry on bag doesnt fit under my seat, especially when the person behind me puts their legs under that seat. there isnt any cost savings here its just a way to pretend the cost of flying is less. Maybe we should charge for going to the bathroom too. oh wait...

Posted by: uclazy31 | April 7, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Readers might enjoy this link- visualizing 2009 legislation.
http://infosthetics.com/archives/2010/04/ibm_many_bills_visualizing_the_2009_us_congressional_legislation.html

You can't even get an unchecked bag onto a plane these days unless you are in the first group seated. I think they should just weigh you and everything you're bringing. 25c per pound in the cabin, 10c per pound in cargo. (and $1.25 per pound in 1st class).

Posted by: staticvars | April 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

A) Since it is virtually impossible to travel without a bag at all, this is essentially just a way of hiding costs behind fees -- an extremely anti-consumer practice.

B) Even if the fees were levied on behavior that consumers could modify -- such as second bags -- does anyone believe the savings from such behavior-deterrance would actually be passed on to consumers? C'mon.

Posted by: Ulium | April 7, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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