Yo, John: ‘ABOLISH’ Is the Word You’re Hunting
by Becky Akers
The “T[ransportation] S[ecurity] A[dministration] is a bureaucratic nightmare,” thunders Rep. John Mica (R-FL), one of the nightmare’s “creat[ors].” Thank to him and his accomplices, you fume in long lines at airports waiting for goons to feel you up and loot your belongings. Yet this guy who’s skulked around government most of his life and who therefore knows exactly how it works (or, more accurately, that it doesn’t) complains that the TSA has “over 60,000 employees,” so it’s “top heavy with supervisory and administrative staff. At TSA headquarters, where 30 percent of employees are supervisors, the average salary is over $105,000.” Of course, in addition to having authorized the TSA, Mica also votes to steal the $7 billion from us each year that overpays these leeches. And yet he shamelessly concludes, “This is a massive bureaucracy that cannot effectively ensure the safety of U.S. transportation systems, and something must be done to improve the agency’s performance.” Ya think?
Mica is as ignorant as he is hypocritical and irresponsible. His website brags that he is a “recognized national transportation leader,” but where’s the evidence to support such a boast? Since his graduation from college in 1965, the man has gorged at the public trough for all but eleven years – and none of those saw him working at anything related to “transportation,” let alone becoming a “leader” in the field. Rather, he “established several successful business ventures including real estate, communications, international trade consulting and governmental affairs firms.”
Ah, but despite his lack of experience, “the 110th Congress … elected … [Mica] to serve [sic for ‘to lord it over everyone else’] as the Republican Leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee … Mica serves [sic] on all six Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittees. … Mica was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation in 2001 and served [sic] through 2006. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Rep. Mica led the effort in Congress to restore stability to the aviation industry” – good gracious, the delusion runs deep here, doesn’t it? – “and co-authored the Aviation and Transportation Security Law.” Remember that the next time the TSA’s sociopaths swipe $500 from a woman in a wheelchair or kill a missionary.