Democrats and Republicans joined together in another effort last week. Large, bipartisan majorities moved with rare speed to ease delays at the nationís airports. They gave the U.S. Department of Transportation flexibility to move money from capital projects to pay for a full complement of air-traffic controllers.

Too bad lawmakers havenít been as responsive to the real harm of the across-the-board federal spending reductions known as the sequester. They havenít leaped to relieve the long-term jobless of cuts in unemployment benefits. They have been unmoved by reductions in medical research, in housing vouchers for the poor and vulnerable or by children losing access to Head Start.

The trouble with the sequester has involved much more than delayed flights.