Federal times: Draft Republican platform: Cut 10% of workforce, privatize TSA

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Federal times: Draft Republican platform: Cut 10% of workforce, privatize TSA

    The Republican Party platform calls for cutting the federal workforce by at least 10 percent, overhauling federal pay and benefits, and privatizing airport screening and possibly some U.S. Postal Service operations, according to a draft version posted online.

    Although the draft document acknowledges the dedication of federal employees, it says that the civil service has grown by at least 140,000 employees under the Obama administration, while the number making $150,000 or more has doubled. “At a time when the national debt has increased to over $15.9 trillion under the current administration, this is grossly irresponsible,” the draft continues. Instead, the government should use attrition to reduce the payroll by at least 10 percent and adjust “pay scales and benefits to reflect those of the private sector.”

    The draft platform also:

    • Attacks the Transportation Security Administration as “a massive bureaucracy of 65,000 employees who seem to be accountable to no one for the way they treat travelers.” Instead, the government should return airport screening to private firms “whenever feasible,” the document says, adding that “we ... look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking.”

  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I support the plank calling for the privatization of airport screening.
  3. Paul Sanchez

    Paul Sanchez "We already know you, Mr. Sanchez"

    I support errant screeners (and aviation security inspectors) walking the plank.
  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I support planking TSA clerks on the wings at 40,000 feet.
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Freeze-dried smurf?

    Should be quite nourishing for backpackers.
  6. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    But, they don't even address the issue of the government rubbing our noses in our Constitution -- only that they want to do it with less people. Sorry -- up yours with a red hot poker.
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  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Tastes like chicken.:D
  8. That's what I thought too (well, not the red hot poker part).

    “we ... look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking.”

    ...sounds to me like they're looking forward to more puffers, iris scanners, sci fi walk-thru portals, and that thingy that can purportedly tell what you had for breakfast.

    I'll be optimistic -- hopefully they just haven't yet wrapped their brains around the futility of the entire process, and that more information will help them see what's what.

    Wondering, though... where did this platform come from if the convention hasn't started yet? Maybe I don't understand the process on the national level.
  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    eeewww. would you really eat that s**t?
  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  11. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    There'll be smiles and lots of white teeth. Vote for us and everything will be just swell.

    Evidently, Ron Paul was offered a speaking slot at the convention if he vetted his speach first and fully endorsed Romney. "But I don't fully endorse Romney" was his reply. Viva Ron Paul. Too bad you had a snowball's chance. Only the bought and paid for can get a sniff of power in this country.
  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Bloomberg headlines it but only gives it one sentences in a fairly long article ...

    Bloomberg: Republicans Call for Medicare, TSA Overhauls in Platform

    The platform also calls for turning many of the functions of the Transportation Security Administration over to private businesses to provide security at airports throughout the U.S.

    The upside of this (whether you actually think the Republicans will do anything about it or not) is that not only will TSA not be getting any breaks in the news coverage up to the election, they'll be getting a lot of extra attention.
  13. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Privatizing the TSA isn't going to help -- just look at SFO. They have privatized screeners there (Covenant), and the procedures are exactly the same as airports that use the regular old TSA screeners - the groping, the bullhorns, the silly water rules - it's all the same.

    The whole thing needs to go.
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  14. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    One big difference: Lack of immunity and none of the "lawsuits have to start with D.C. appellate court" garbage.

    The farther away you can get the from Nappy & DHS, the better.
  15. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Maybe, but I've yet to see a single case from the law firm in San Mateo that threatened to sue screeners who sexually assault passengers.
  16. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    The primary problem with Covenant is that they're still required to adhere to the silly TSA "protocols" in everything they do.

    Get rid of the TSA, and that issue disappears.
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  17. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    That's not how it works. The only way you can get rid of the procedures is by repealing the statute that created the TSA - the entire agency. Until you do that the procedures stay -it doesn't matter who does security.
  18. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That's implied. The TSA and its procedures and its waste-of-amino-acids "employees" all need to go. Down the nearest oubliette, preferably.
  19. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Maybe we're just in violent agreement. :)
  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I moved a comment about iron collars, slave collars, Somalian slave markets, summary executions, etc., to the moderation forum. Any repeats will be accumulated there.

    Let's try to maintain some semblance of a civilized discussion here.

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