Over the past few months there have been several alarming reports about the Transportation Safety Administration–the word “safety” is apparently a relative word–more commonly referred to as the TSA.
Some of the recent revelations in a Townhall.com story included:
- Documents detailing alleged sexual assaults by TSA agents at airports across the country.
- Thousands of missing TSA uniforms and security badges.
- Failure by the TSA to prevent potential terror attacks, detect explosives and other weapons in 96% of undercover tests.
- Failure to screen dozens of airport workers who ended up having ties to terrorism.
Americans are outraged, and lawmakers claim to be angry about it too, but what is Congress actually doing about it?
Well, if you’re a big spending, big government Democrat or RINO, you cry for more money because the $7 billion a year we are currently spending just isn’t quite enough to get the job done.
And if you’re Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)–chairman of the committee in charge of the TSA and candidate for re-election in 2016–there are three things you do.
- You go on national television to demonstrate your incredible stupidity by confirming the public perception that the TSA is nothing more than “security theater” because it “deter(s) some bad actors but it doesn’t keep us 100 percent safe.
- Then you excuse the TSA’s ineptitude as the result of poor morale along with a promise to “provide incentives” to lift the spirits of these honorable public servants.
- Finally, you make a worthless, but strongly worded commitment to conduct a “top to bottom” evaluation while at the same time praising the top person, Jeh Johnson, and committing to work closely with him.
George W. Bush and a divided Congress are responsible for creating this behemoth in the aftermath of 9/11, and it has become a perfect example of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Well… enough is enough!
It’s time to reverse this ill-conceived big-government idea and return airport security to the private sector as has been advocated for years. Somehow, I’m thinking that with Ron Johnson up for re-election next year, I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it to happen.