5 years, 10 months ago
There has been much consternation over proposed cost cutting and the pain it will bring to the American people. But just to show how easy this could all be, I’ll give four cost cutting ideas right out of the gate.
First, defund the Department of Education law enforcement division. They can turn to the FBI, state or local law enforcement to effect arrests. The objection that local law enforcement has no authority to enforce federal laws is a red herring. They can always arrest people who are the subject of a warrant. And the Department of Education certainly doesn’t need a SWAT team.
Next, defund and disband the BATFE. An agency that spends its time figuring out ways to prevent the importation of shotguns because they have a pistol grip is certainly a candidate for pink slips. Giving people too much time and money to misbehave can create things like the gunrunner scandal.
A Detroit father said agents with the Transportation Security Administration singled out his special-needs son for a pat-down while the family was headed to Disney World, MyFoxDetroit.com reported, an incident that the TSA admitted was a “case of bad judgment.”
David Mandy said agents at Detroit Metro Airport took his son Drew, 29, and asked him about the padding underneath his pants, which turned out to be adult diapers. Drew, who is severely mentally disabled, had trouble understanding the agents’ orders because his family said he has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.
When the father tried to intervene and explain Drew’s disability, he said the two agents said, “Please, sir, we know what we’re doing.”
The agents confiscated a six-inch plastic hammer, something Drew had carried with him for 20 years for comfort. Agents called it a security threat, his father said, adding that they tapped the wall with it and said, “See, it’s hard. It could be used as a weapon.”
The family was told they’d have to ship the hammer if they wanted to keep it, David Mandy said.
As I observed when the TSA was caught groping a little girl:
Folks I have pointed this out before, but it stands repeating just so that everyone is aware of the facts. As anyone is aware who has access to highly secure facilities, the practice you just watched has no positive consequence on security. It adds nothing. In fact, it detracts from security because it encourages rubes and morons to believe that something positive is occurring to enhance their safety and security. The whole process is a farce – a lie.
Security can be achieved by X-Ray machines (used in airports), metal detectors (used in airports), luggage searches (used in airports), and explosive trace detection portals (not used in airports). The most effective way to ensure real security is to fire people like the one you just watched groping the little girl and purchase detection portals. But we would only do that if we cared about security rather than jobs programs.
Finally, terminate the support for the dope-smoking, menstruating monkey study which got $3.6 million in tax dollars.
So there you have it. Four ideas that could save money. In decreasing order of obvious waste: (1) Department of Education SWAT teams, (2) the BATFE, (3) the TSA, and (4) dope-smoking, menstruating monkeys (which I think are more essential than the Department of Education, the BATFE and the TSA combined).