We’re definitely not paying for security when we buy airline tickets. We’re paying for a government agency to treat all of us Americans as if we’re terrorists in direct violation of the 4th Amendment. We’re paying them to grope us and scan us. We’re paying them so that they can traffic drugs and weapons around as long as they’re paid enough under the table to do it. We’re paying them so they can steal passengers’ iPads. We’re paying them so that they can fly illegals around without hassling them with the same rules and regulations that the rest of us have to abide by. We’re paying for a lot of things, but we’re definitely not paying for security.
The TSA is a pretty good picture of what government means by “creating jobs.” The only security they provide is job security for those who work for them. And evidently, they’re not charging enough in fees in exchange for all the “security” they provide for us. So, they’re raising their rates. The Daily Caller reported:
The current TSA fees are a $2.50 September 11 fee that is capped at $5 per one-way trip and $10 per round trip. Those fees will be replaced with a flat rate of $5.60 per one-way trip and $11.20 per round trip on July 21, according to CBS Philly.
The TSA rate hike stems from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which TSA spokesperson Mike McCarthy told CBS Philly will be used to help pay for the high cost of providing aviation security.
However, according to KEYE-TV, Congress voted to have most of the funds raised go towards paying down the deficit.
Airlines and passengers are not happy with the impending TSA fee increase.
“When I go to the airport, I see two out of eight lanes open and 20 TSA agents walking around in circles and the line is out of the terminal,” traveler Jon Bergen wrote in a comment to the TSA. “Where is all the money going?”
Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for Airlines for America, told The Los Angeles Times that the government needs to “stop using airlines and their passengers as its own personal ATM.”
The raise in TSA rates is estimated to raise $12.6 billion over 10 years. The rate hike also marks the first time TSA fees have been raised since its creation in 2002.
They created a problem with 9/11 (or at least took every drop of political opportunity out of the crisis); it elicited the establishment’s desired reaction of extreme fear; the establishment responded to Americans’ uncontrolled trepidation with the TSA and Homeland Security, which politicians also refer to as “creating jobs.” So, not only do these agencies “make us all safe” at the expense of liberty, they’re “good for the economy.”
And not only that, but the TSA is trying to help pay down the deficit with these fees. That’s being fiscally conservative, right? Without the TSA, there wouldn’t be as much to contribute to the deficit.
Here’s an idea. How about we scrap the TSA? That way, we wouldn’t have to support the bloated agency with our taxes. Instead of having a government agency help pay down a deficit that the agency is helping to create in the first place, we can shut down the TSA, which, in and of itself would help lower the deficit.
Then again, this really isn’t about paying down the deficit or even providing security. It’s more about getting Americans to submit willingly to a police state. When people get fed up with all the fear mongering from politicians and the media, such that a majority of Americans call for the abolition of all these useless government agencies, conveniently there will be another frightening terrorist attack that will reset everyone’s fear meters. Then, Americans will learn never to question the State, but simply to submit.