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Who is flying?

November 22, 2010 by

NPR echos a sense reported everywhere: people have changed travel plans in light of the TSA’s ghastly attacks on airline customers. We’ll know more next week but the result could be financially disastrous for airlines (and then comes nationalization and then etc.).

I am a bit annoyed about all these cries against the TSA these days, coming from people who supporting the creation of this monstrosity, which was created by George Bush and backed by the whole Republican Party and all conservative bloggers and pundits. A few of us said: this is a bad idea; the problem was government regulation of security in this first place and this will lead to even worse. We were denounced as libertarians wackos, out of touch with reality in the new world in which everything had changed.

Well, when you support the building of a Gulag, you can’t be shocked and surprised when it is used for political purposes with the intent to spread human suffering.

Here is Lew from 2006:

It’s hard to know which Bush policies – every day, another disaster – will most immortalize this administration. But on this day, in this hour, I’m going to suggest that his name should be forever mud for his catastrophic decision to nationalize airline security after 9-11.

Here is another piece from 2006.


J.K. Baltzersen November 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

I see your point, sir.

However, should one emphasize their previous positions or welcoming them into the anti-TSA camp?

That being said, I hope these problems are fixed so we can continue to come to the Mises Institute from overseas in a (relatively) decent manner – without having to travel by land from Mexico or Canada.

Walt D. November 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Spot on Jeffrey. This is straight out of Max Frisch’s “The Fire Bugs”. We invited the arsonist into the house, we helped him to move the cans of gasoline into the attic and we gave him a box of matches…..now we are complaining that the house is on fire.

Joshua_D November 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Actions … consequences … etc.

Joyous will be the day when politicians, pundits and people everywhere are able to say, “I apologize. I made a mistake. That was a bad idea and we should move swiftly to correct the problem.”

Simon November 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I suppose if their objective is total safety, they are going about it in quite an effective way. If they scare away all passengers, no one will fly and therefore everyone will be super safe.

Horst Muhlmann November 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

If they scare away all of the passengers, the airlines will go bankrupt, and will “have to” be bailed out (i.e. nationalized).

That is the real end game here.

Bob November 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

That’s the naive understanding of “Unitended Consquences”, regarding government power. Most conservatives became blind with power once again. They get a philosophical, regarding the “Enemy of the Century”, but when that enemy subsides, the subject goes silent, without the slightest notion that much sin had been commited during the fervor, and liberty and freedom have taken more damage. The problem is when will the cure become more intolerable/murderous than the disease?

Bob November 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Jean Baptiste Say’s headed warning of “Unitended Consequences from Government” needs to be a course that must completed, passed, and above all understood before a “Small Govt. Conservative” holds a office.

Walt D. November 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

The irony is that the probability of being on a plane that is blown up by a terrorist is about 30 million to 1. The odds of getting a deadly cancer from the x-ray machine is also about 30 million to 1. (It may be higher, since the x-rays target the skin). The cure is worse than the disease.

Economic Freedom November 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm

” . . . backed by the whole Republican Party and all conservative bloggers and pundits . . . ”

Matt Drudge didn’t back it.
Michelle Malkin didn’t back it.
Charles Krauthammer didn’t back it.
Ann Coulter didn’t back it.
Mark Steyn didn’t back it.
Thomas Sowell didn’t back it.
FreeRepublic.com didn’t back it.

And many more members of the Republican party and conservative bloggers and pundits didn’t back it.

Would it be too much to ask of you to actually do a little research on an issue before venting spleen and asserting opinion unsupported by facts?

guard November 23, 2010 at 3:41 am

Thank you for this correction. The hyperbole is counterproductive.

Stephen Real November 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I can’t recall any American trying take down an airplane over the last hundred years.
A hundred years!
Can anyone recall an American trying to take down a plane
over the last 100 years?
and patting down little kids is truly a national embarrassment
if not a right out obscenity…
I’m truly embarrassed for the TSA management.
Shame on you!
Quite frankly fellas, Americans are very proud that the airplane was invented by an American in the good ole USA, if the TSA management didn’t get their head wrap up so tight over worrying
they’d see the obvious embarrassment and mockery that the system
has become.
I don’t blame the TSA at all, I blame the management.
Score one for Bin Laden.

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