Underwear, Shoes, Cupcakes, and Too Much Government

By Alden L. Benton

The TSA ineptness and insanity continues.

A story posted on the Drudge Report from The Boston Channel reports that the fools at the Transportation Safety Administration — the unionized, tax-payer funded molesters and voyeurs charged with keeping grannies in Depends and other terrorists off of U.S. airlines — would not let a woman board a flight from Las Vegas, Nevada back to her home in Boston because her cupcake was a security threat.

This ridiculous episode is just the tip of the iceberg of the ever-expanding operations of what amounts to a KGB-style national security police where United States citizens are under constant scrutiny as threats to national security.

Paul Joseph Watson reports on Info Wars that in addition to the $5 billion the TSA has already spent allegedly securing our airports; they are now asking Congress for an additional $25 million, to supplement the $110 million they have already spent, to fund additional VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams. 

The VIPR teams conduct random, warrantless checkpoints throughout the nation, without probable cause, to search for and detain anyone suspected of, well, anything, on the highways, in bus stations, on trains, anywhere.

Watson quotes an article from the Los Angeles Times stating

The extra money is being demanded despite the fact that there is “no proof that the roving viper teams have foiled any terrorist plots or thwarted any major threat to public safety,” according to the L.A. Times report, which also highlights how the TSA’s sniffer dogs are used to single out people for questioning if the dog smells the scent of the owner’s pets on their clothing.

Now to complete an evil triumvirate, earlier this month Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes provisions (Title X, Subtitle D, Section 1031, page 359 of S 1867) that allow unlimited detention without trial of anyone the government considers a terrorist or a supporter of terrorism.

If this does not make it clear the federal government has grown too big and too powerful, and dangerous to our personal freedom and physical liberty guaranteed by the Constitution, then consider this piece of information: In recent Congressional debates whether to pass a continuing budget resolution (CBR) to keep the government fully funded, proponents of the CBR said that without the resolution, the government would have to lay off more than 800,000 NON‑ESSENTIAL workers.  Nearly a million NON‑ESSENTIAL workers!  Why are non-essential workers employed at all?

According to a report published in March 2010 by USA Today, federal employees earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008, nearly $10,000 more than the equivalent private sector jobs.  The article states, “The federal government spent about $224 billion in 2008 on compensation for about 2 million civilian employees.” 

Forty per cent of the federal civilian workforce is non-essential.  Eliminating non-essential employees makes the government smaller and more efficient — and eliminates $54 billion from the federal budget.

It is past time to reclaim our government and re-establish just who is the servant, and who is the master.

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One response to “Underwear, Shoes, Cupcakes, and Too Much Government

  1. Well, it looks like John Madden had it right all along. “Bam!” The former football commentator refused to fly — ever — and instead traveled all over the country in a big ol’ revamped bus, getting to every game on time, refreshed and fully prepared, for decades.
    Madden chose to endure a personal inconvenience, doing his job on his own terms; and lo and behold, it not only became a new American cultural phenomenon, but now he may be something of a national hero for another reason.

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