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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Day Late. Many Billions Short.

I can remember shaking my head in dismay and disbelief.  Terrorists attack the United States of America on September 11, 2001 and the Bush administration, in response, announces its intention to unionize baggage handlers at America's airports.

Yeah, that's the ticket!  We need more union members if we're going to deter global terrorism!  Let's fire all those tens of thousands of trained airport employees and replace them with tens of thousands of people who will need the same training but will have fancy new uniforms and collective bargaining rights!  Now come and get us, Osama bin Ladin!

And the TSA was born.

Now, these ten years later, and with billions upon billions of dollars wasted, the dude who dreamt up this silly notion and sold it to GW thinks it was a bad idea:
TSA Creator Says Dismantle, Privatize the Agency
By Audrey Hudson, Human Events

They’ve been accused of rampant thievery, spending billions of dollars like drunken sailors, groping children and little old ladies, and making everyone take off their shoes.

Yet a decade after the TSA was created following the September 11 attacks, the author of the legislation that established the massive agency grades its performance at “D-.”
“The whole program has been hijacked by bureaucrats,” said Rep. John Mica (R. -Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

“It mushroomed into an army,” Mica said. “It’s gone from a couple-billion-dollar enterprise to close to $9 billion.”

As for keeping the American public safe, Mica says, “They’ve failed to actually detect any threat in 10 years.”
“Everything they have done has been reactive. They take shoes off because of [shoe-bomber] Richard Reid, passengers are patted down because of the diaper bomber, and you can’t pack liquids because the British uncovered a plot using liquids,” Mica said.

“It’s an agency that is always one step out of step,” Mica said.

It cost $1 billion just to train workers, which now number more than 62,000, and “they actually trained more workers than they have on the job,” Mica said.

“The whole thing is a complete fiasco,” Mica said. [link]
“The whole thing is a complete fiasco.”  Who would have anticipated that the federal airport screening program would turn out to be as inefficient as the Post Office?

Well, actually a lot of us.

And so it is.

Will TSA be dismantled?  Will baggage handler positions be privatized?

When pigs fly.

I wonder if we could roll it over into the Postal Administration at least and save fifty bucks or so ...

* Okay, in fact, the collective bargaining thing never came about.

Johnny On The Spot

I wonder why NATO, with Obama leading that superannuated league of overweight generals still grappling with a war that ended decades ago, didn't think of this before he and it decided to support a Libyan rebellion:

Libya could fall into hands of extremists, Nato warns

Ya think?

As that saying goes (sorta), Colonel Moammar Gadhafi was, in many ways, an extremist too, but, with the not-so subtle urging of then-President Bush, he became our extremist.

Now Obama and NATO begin asking the question they should have been asking long ago - what happens when Gadhafi is gone?  Will this be Iran all over again?

It's a little late now.  The contagion is loose upon the land.  It's effects are anyone's guess.

Cut Regulation. Cut Regulation.

America, 2011: Conservatives make the argument that federal (and state) regulation is killing jobs and making the USA non-competitive.  Liberals haven't a clue how that translates, so they ignore the argument.

Earth to liberals: Here's how it translates, beanbrain, in terms you can understand:
The Dodd-Frank Layoffs
Wall Street Journal

What is the cost of overregulation? Bank of America appears to have provided part of the answer by announcing yesterday that the nation's largest bank will cut 30,000 jobs between now and 2014. CEO Brian Moynihan said the bank's plan is to slash $5 billion in annual expenses from its consumer businesses.

Mr. Moynihan didn't say this, but we will: These layoffs are part of the bill for the last two years of Washington's financial rule-writing. After loose monetary policy had combined with insane housing policy to create a financial crisis, the Democrats who ran Washington in 2009 and 2010 enacted myriad new rules that had nothing to do with easy money or housing.

[G]iven the real-world results for bank employees, politicians should not be allowed to pretend that there are no consequences when they deliberately reduce the profitability of employers. Mr. Obama proposed last week to spend some $450 billion more in outlays or tax credits to create more jobs, but it would have cost a lot less to save these 30,000. [link]
Leftists in this country, including Obama, want jobs but despise employers.  A hatred that manifests itself in mountains of crushing regulation and calls for ever higher taxes (in one of the highest taxed and least job-creation friendly countries in the world).  That hatred breeds joblessness.

30,000 employees canned because a couple of Democrats in Washington had it in for "the banks."

And neither will care.

Remember that next time Obama whimpers about jobs saved or created.

Obama Finally Sheds The Camo

He proposes to raise taxes on America's job creators.  (To create jobs?)

Hasn't he done enough damage?