Thursday, November 18, 2010

Assertion of States' Rights while getting rid of the TSA!

Over at Coordinated Illumination, there is a video of the New Jersey legislature performing legislative theater--begging the federal government to call off their dogs at the TSA.  Since at this point the use of the TSA is optional (per the original federal legislation), why don't the States start passing some laws requiring airports within their borders to punt the TSA and institute private screeners??  It's a great double whammy--asserting States rights as well as getting rid of a government agency that has overstepped its bounds by trampling the Constitution.  It would be a nice 'in your face' to Napolitano as well as the socialists who are trying to grab power on several fronts.

In addition, I did write to my Representative asking him to support HR 6416, the American Travelers Dignity Act, which essentially removes the immunity of the TSA from prosecution for taking naked pictures and/or physically assaulting members of the flying public.

4 comments:

Chas S. Clifton said...

If the Republicans don't pick this issue as a big club to beat on Secretary Napolitano and the Obama Administration with, then they are idiots.

I did have to fly three weeks ago (the first time since May 2009) Colorado Springs-Houston-Atlanta and back (for AAR) and got through the trip with minimal hassle. But now I hope to avoid all flying until things improve.

Midwest Chick said...

I think you just beat the new regs. I was offered a chance to go to a conference in Vegas in March and have turned it down. It's not worth it to me.

And you're right, this is the kind of overstepping that's just begging for the Republicans to put the kibosh on and start some precedent-setting about reining in overzealous administrators.

Chas S. Clifton said...

The day I came home, Nov. 2, was supposed to introduce some change, but I saw no difference. Got lucky for once.

And the next two AAR meetings are in San Francisco and Chicago, both accessible by Amtrak. In fact, Chicago is downright pleasant for train travel.

Midwest Chick said...

From what I'm seeing you really did get lucky! I have a feeling a lot of folks are going to join you on Amtrak--maybe to the point where they will actually get profitable again.....