I posted back in July that the Essential Air Service program was out of date, needed to be repealed, and cost the tax payers millions of dollars. Delta Airlines announced that they would end service to many small cities and towns previously served. (mostly run by Northwest Airlines before the acquisition). Just out of curiosity I checked Delta's website recently and noticed that only a few of these towns have been dropped and several have picked up regional jet service who only had turboprop service previously.
So the question is, was Delta just playing the people in these small towns to lobby their congress-critters to pass the EAS bill to keep the pork rolling in to places that can't afford commercial air service, and want the rest of us to pay for it?