Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Looking back over the last 10 years, there are some phrases that so capture the moment that they enter the public's imagination.

"Let's Roll."

"Democracy.  Whiskey.  Sexy."

And now we can add:

"Don't touch my junk."

Simple.  Easy to understand.  These concepts crowd out "sophisticated" attempts to explain or justify the original situation.

Stick a fork in the TSA, it's finished.  As with any large organization, it will likely take a while to spin it down.  However, there's a Deficit Reduction Commission, and there are 65,000 TSA employees doing what could be done by the airlines.  The Fed.Gov can shift the spend from the Fed.Gov to the private sector and reduce the deficit by $7 B a year.  And more importantly (to Congress), eliminate pictures of government employees groping nuns and three year olds.

Quite frankly, I don't see anyone in Congress defending the TSA.  If the Stupid Republican Party wants to show seriousness - eliminating entire agencies - then they can likely roll the Democrats on this.  If they won't take even this on, then we'll know that they're simply not serious about the budget or our freedom.

Hey Congress!  Don't touch my junk!


bluesun said...

Saying this just isn't getting old to me:

TSA: Burn it up, and burn it down.

Derek Simonds said...

From your lips to God's ears. I hope you are right on this one. I travel for a living and it is horrid right now.

JB Miller said...

"Don't Taz me, Bro!!"

Anonymous said...

You are so much more optimistic than I am. Huge government agencies and programs come, but they rarely ever go. I think you might as well hope for BATFE being dismantled.

The TSA will be "reformed" but not changed. Who wants to be a guy who gets rid of the "security" and then have a plane drop out of the sky? It won't matter that the "security" wouldn't have prevented it.