The sequester is really hitting the TSA hard. The budget cuts are causing long lines at the airports. Janet Napolitano even exhorted people not to yell at the poor TSA agents. Bless their hearts, the sequester is not their fault:
“We are already seeing the effect on the ports of entry, the big airports for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend. Look people, I don’t mean to scare, I mean to inform. If you’re traveling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There’s only so much we can do with personnel and please don’t yell at the customs officers, the TSA officers. They aren’t responsible for sequester.”
And whose fault is it? If she says anyone other than those on her own blue team, then she’s lying. Obama’s their team captain, and this was his play all along.
Speaking of blue, the TSA’s so broke that they were only able to splurge $50 million on brand new uniforms. It was just as Napolitano was decrying sequestration and threatening to let a bunch of illegals go free that the TSA signed a $50 million contract with VF Imagewear that will extend through February 17th, 2014.
So, at least the TSA’s move will create some jobs here, right, since VF Imagewear is an American company? Well, maybe, but maybe not. In a statement to CNS News, the TSA said that the uniforms will actually be manufactured in the U.S. and Mexico. So, at the taxpayers’ expense, money will likely be given to Mexico to manufacture thousands of new uniforms supposedly at a time when budget cuts threaten the viability of the TSA, DHS and the government in general.
I’m not going to call on the TSA to have their uniforms made exclusively in the USA. The TSA is a waste of money, like just about every other agency in the federal government. Where they manufacture their uniforms is moot. They need to be dismantled. Airport security should be returned to the airports. If the airports want to employ the same security theater, then that’s their prerogative. But, if given the freedom to run their own security, I bet many of them would start using more common sense approaches. Shutting down the TSA would be a “sequester” cut I would support.