Just when you think it can’t get any crazier, the Washington politicians go another step higher on the lunacy scale.
With the automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, cutting only two cents per dollar out of the bloated federal budget, a budget that’s grown 71 percent faster than inflation over the past two decades, the federal scaremongers are rushing around putting padlocks on control towers at the nation’s airports.
We’re supposed to think a measly two percent cut in spending, something most any business or household could handle if their spending was out of control and unsustainable, makes it impossible for the government to launch an aircraft carrier or operate control towers.
Still, if we’re lucky enough to avoid a crash landing, the treat we’ll see inside the airports is something new and special, a handsome conglomeration of sharp-dressed government employees, newly outfitted at taxpayers’ expense and ready to squeeze the legs of incoming passengers and snap a few naked photos.
Just two days before the automatic federal spending cuts took effect, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it had awarded a $50 million one-year contract for new uniforms for airport screeners, clothes that will be manufactured partially in Mexico.
For the 50,000 employees, that’s $1,000 each for the new outfits, just for the first year.
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