by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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The annual budget for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a little shy of $8 billion. By government standards this is chicken feed. It is approximately 2000th of one percent of the overall federal budget. Yet it is still greater than the entire budgets of New Hampshire, Vermont, Alaska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Idaho and Delaware.
Just what are we who are footing the bill getting for our $8 billion?
The TSA is supposed to be responsible for overseeing security for highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, pipelines and ports. However, the overwhelming majority of its budget and attention goes to airport/aviation security. The TSA is responsible for screening passengers and baggage at more than 450 U.S. airports.
Therefore, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect that the more attention that is paid to one aspect of any given task would directly correlate with greater success.
You would think so, but this the federal government we’re talking about…so, not so much.