The Tea Party and the TSA

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Many have wondered where the Tea Party is in the fight against the incursions of the TSA.

    Last night, I heard a possible explanation and want to throw it out for discussion:

    As I understood it, a large number of the first-term Tea Partiers in Congress have only one objective: to get rid of Obama.

    Therefore, they are going after him where they feel he is most vulnerable and that is on the economy, the debt, etc.

    They also don't care whether they get re-elected or not, as long as Obama is gone. Therefore, they are acting on only one issue and have no interest in what the TSA is doing to this country.

    Any thoughts?


    Nothing to do with this subject, but over the weekend, I switched to using Chrome as my browser, after weeks of issues with IE9 and before that Firefox. It's so much faster and I finally have spell check here at TUG.
  2. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    I was at a conference last week where I talked to a lot of like-minded folks about the TSA, and one woman in particular said that the various Tea Party organizations in Kentucky are interested in anti-TSA activism. So the grass roots and state level folks may be better to engage for activism than members of Congress.
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  3. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    It seems to me there are "bigger fish to fry" and that everyone is singularly focused on this debt ceiling conundrum. Whether they are for or against whatever is being debated about it, they don't really have time to stir up anything else. That's at least the impression I get from Chaffetz's FB feed. I don't think he's Tea Party, but regardless Washington seems at any time to be a myopic town.

    I think the reason Kentucky's Tea Party is a little more active on this issue is because Sen. Rand Paul represents KY. Hopefully that will add another state to Rep. Cissna's coalition and they don't let the D in her affiliation get in the way. Though, KY may be a bit of a mixed bag. I don't think that LEX has NoS yet, and probably won't for a while. Meanwhile SDF has said they aren't going to have one. That will put most of the state in the "who cares, doesn't happen to me" category.

    Anyway, here's hoping that Congressional focus gets squarely back on TSA once the current debt issue gets sorted out. FWIW TSA seems to know it is backed into a corner. I certainly hope ATR, TT, and the new BDO focus doesn't get them off the hook. Heck, if anything, it'll only ramp it up. TSA does one thing well, and only one thing: screw up anything new they roll out.

    And, yes, Doober, I >3 Chrome.
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think TSA will take a backseat to the upcoming election cycle even if the current budget gets settled and I am not all that confident that the budget compromise will go down as some think.

    Grass roots organizations such as TUG and others must keep the pressure on TSA. I truly think TSA poses a much greater long term danger to the US than any other current issue.
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The purpose of any party (note that the Tea Party is not really a party in the proper sense of the word) is to get candidates elected. They will focus on those issues that are needed to accomplish that. I doubt that TSA will ever be a national campaign issue.
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  6. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Probably a "smart" move given that IE users are dumber than the rest of us: Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

    We now return you to your regulary scheduled topic.
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  8. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Just a moment, I have to try and help those in need - "Dump the PC and buy a Mac" :)

    OK, we now return you to your regulary scheduled topic.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I used a Mac for years. The problem with Macs is that they have no concept of backwards compatibility, and I got tired of updating all my applications. System 7 was last straw for me, and that's been few years.

    Apple products are great if all you ever intend to use is your current product.
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I use Firefox and IE mostly. Tried Chrome and didn't see any real advantage to other interfaces. Have Safari on my home system but don't really use it. I would suggest using which ever one a person is most comfortable with.

    As far as smarts go I'm just an ol' country boy and you have no idea what we can do with a bit of baling wire.

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