The Republicans control the House of Representatives and are bracing for a long battle over the President’s health care proposal. In the spirit of bipartisanship and sanity, I propose that the first thing on the chopping block should be an ineffective organization that wastes money, violates our rights, and encourages us to make decisions that imperil our safety. I’m talking about the Transportation Security Administration.
Bipartisan support should be immediate. For fiscal conservatives, it’s hard to come up with a more wasteful agency than the TSA. For privacy advocates, eliminating an organization that requires you to choose between a nude body scan or genital groping in order to board a plane should be a no-brainer.
The TSA (along with the creation of the Dept. of Homeland Security) were two of Bush's biggest mistakes. Amid increasing numbers of stories of people resisting the naked scanners and the groping pat-downs, it's time to rethink our air security system.
As always, the question will be can Congress find the will to roll back something it previously approved?