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October 7, 2013

CONFER: Non-essential parts of our federal government

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Transportation Security Administration: The TSA is a direct infringement on various aspects of the Constitution and natural rights as 65,000 government officers are allowed to search bags and bodies, while groping, fondling, and ogling at their will (and against yours) for an alleged air of safety. It should be up to the airline industry and its travelers (not all Americans) to protect industry’s assets (planes) and customers. The airlines should have the duty to manage threats and charge their clients accordingly in their ticket prices. It would be up to them to develop the means -- some may use scanners while others may opt for pat-downs, the Israeli method or metal detectors only. It’s their choice. Then it would be up to the consumers to choose the company and the safety measures that they have the most desire for and comfort with. Travel and all its inconveniences would be a free choice. If someone wanted invasive procedures for peace of mind, so be it. If another wanted the least hassle possible, more power to him. The annual cost: $8.1 billion.

Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA is the ultimate in both unconstitutionality and redundancy. The federal government has no right to manage or interfere in the environments and development of the states – those powers are left specifically to the states. As a matter of fact, every state already has its own environmental wing and it should be that agency and municipalities working together to set the standards affecting clean air, water, and land within a state’s borders. A boilerplate environmental plan for all states thrown together by some army of bureaucrats is silly and does nothing for states’ and individual rights (or the environment). The annual cost: $9 billion.

If you want to talk shut down, those 3 agencies are a start. Were they to be shut down, their savings alone would come in at just under $100 billion. That’s pretty significant and there are dozens more departments as illegal and wasteful as they are.

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