Slow Lines and Missed Flights to Cost Taxpayers

Back in September 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was accused of colluding to create traffic jams by closing lanes at a main toll plaza for the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. The same-stream Progressive media jumped on the story claiming the resulting lines of backed-up traffic were a result of a political vendetta.

However that same branch of the Progressive movement in the U.S. has yet to connect the dots between the recent refunding of one federal agency and the inconveniences it has caused over the past couple of years. This is because it doesn’t fit the narrative that the federal government wants put forth.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) received final Congressional approval for its request to re-allocate $34 million funds to increase security officers at airport security checkpoints. The refunding comes as lines grow longer at security checkpoints and both passengers and airlines complain to Congress about the number of missed flights.

For their part, the TSA claims that the number of passengers has increased nearly 12 percent since 2011, while the number of screeners has declined by 12 percent since the same time period. Obviously, long-lines, increased wait times and missed flights are more of a concern to Congress than the fact that the TSA not about keeping us safe from terrorists, but about keeping us in fear and under constant control.

Originally, the TSA was supposed to only be in airports for a two-year period beginning in 2003. After that the airport would be allowed to hire its own private security, replacing the TSA.

When the time period expired, several airports did remove the TSA. However as more and more airports joined the removal process, the agency decided not to leave, citing a Department of Justice notice that threatened to make the airspace above and around the facility into a ‘no-fly zone.’

So, in essence, we have one unconstitutional federal agency propping up another unconstitutional federal agency. Meanwhile, we also have the federal government claiming to control airspace around us and worse – Congress has done nothing about this since 2003.

Also, when you purchase a plane ticket you are now forced to nullify your Fourth Amendment right, thus allowing a warrantless search of your person, papers and property. This all makes no sense once you realize that a private plane leaving the same airport as any commercial airliner is not subject to the same illegal screenings rules, meaning anything and anyone can be aboard that unscreened private plane.

We can criticize the alphabet agencies within the federal government all we want for this, but the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of a complacent Congress which has willfully neglected it primary duty, which is to protect the U.S. Constitution. And it’s time to start calling out the members of Congress by name when they fail at their obligation.

In this case, lodge your complaints with Senator’s John Hoeven (R-ND) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH.)

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Slow Lines and Missed Flights to Cost Taxpayers

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