Good Tidings of Great Joy
by Becky Akers: The
Torturer vs. Joan of Arc
It’s hot and
sticky, and war criminal George
W. Bush still struts free, lying to the mainstream media’s useful
idiots with his usual impunity. Nevertheless, Your Intrepid
Reporter has been doing a happy dance the last week. Working up
a sweat in this wretched weather, it’s true, but hey, how else to
express one’s delight at the cornucopia of good news?
even if DC’s sociopaths and Keynesians don’t shut themselves down
on Tuesday, one of their most dictatorial and inept agencies has
closed. "[A]fter lawmakers failed to reach a last-minute
agreement on a stopgap funding measure for … the FAA [, it] will
be unable to collect federal taxes on airline tickets." Alas,
it is thereby "losing" $30 million daily (as if our money
ever belonged to it in the first place) and "must furlough
4,000 federal workers [sic for ‘leeches’] … without pay[!!!!!!!!]."
What’d I tell you? Happy dance!
temporarily ridding us of 4000 parasites is barely a beginning:
the monstrous, murderous FAA with its "requested"
budget of $9.8 billion made "work" for 47,456
sponges in FY10. And their incompetence, irresponsibility, and
sheer cussedness are legendary: recall that they loudly
and frequently asserted their exclusive authority to safeguard aviation’s
passengers – until their
hidebound orders to cooperate with hijackers killed almost 3000
people one tragic morning ten years ago. And so Congress created
a second but equally incompetent, irresponsible, and utterly cussed
agency to "protect" passengers via sexual assault: the
Transportation Security Administration.
Nor did 9/11
put the fear of God into the FAA. Indeed, while the corporate
media wrung its hands over the short-term sacking of 4000 "non-essential"
personnel, the FAA kindly furnished us with yet another example
of its ineptitude: "The
Transportation Security Administration cannot determine the real
identity of thousands of the people to whom the Federal Aviation
Administration has issued licenses as pilots and aircraft mechanics,
but has located an additional 27 who should not have held them because
of terrorist connections, according to an internal report by the
Department of Homeland Security."
understands security will tell you that proving
someone’s identity is pretty much irrelevant to preventing crime.
But if you believe in government, the tooth fairy, and bureaucrats’
abilities to protect us, you’d likely lose some sleep over the FAA’s
failure here. Naturally, you won’t demand the agency’s abolition
… but gosh, don’t you wish you were smart enough that you could?
gyrations at the FAA’s cutbacks left me nigh dizzy. Then I stumbled
across another joyous revelation: a
state representative in Georgia "introduced House Bill
875 in November 2009. The first two sentences of that proposed legislation,
better known as the ‘Right to Travel Act,’ summarize what the bill
is about: ‘Free people have a common law and constitutional right
to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government
for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free
people because taking on the restrictions of a license requires
the surrender of an inalienable right.’" Whoa!
it gets better: "other groups around the country are pushing
to introduce similar bills to their state legislatures…," according
to the National Motorists Association, Yeehaw! Imagine life
without the tyranny of driver’s licenses and all the costs, hassles
and silly demands for ID concomitant with them! Plus, one of Leviathan’s
most cherished and perpetual schemes, that of turning licenses into
a national ID, would immediately crash and burn.
licenses are one of the chains the slaves most closely clutch: virtually
everyone swallows the State’s baloney that its permits "protect"
us rather than enrich itself (if you don’t believe me, check out
the readers’ comments here,
or simply announce at your next barbeque that we should eliminate
licensing – and then take cover). Apparently these wingnuts have
never driven in New York City, Boston or Florida, nor lost anyone
to the horrific
carnage of government-licensed drivers on government-managed roads.
We turn for
our final throes of exultation to an unexpected source: the WaPo,
Leviathan’s indefatigable cheerleader and partner in crime. You
need read no further than this
headline to begin grinning: "Federal employees are worried,
angry about potential government default." Let’s hope they
suffer as many nightmares over their gravy train’s possible derailment
as their golden geese suffer under an audit from the IRS.
Can you stand
further glee? Here are the column’s opening sentences: "Angry.
Disappointed. Worried. Terrified. Furious. Afraid. Disgusted. These
are among the words we can print that federal employees used when
we asked them to describe their feelings about a potential government
isn’t it? How many of us have run that gamut of emotions while hoarding
incandescent light-bulbs thanks to "federal employees’"
impending ban? Or while awaiting an ogle and grope from "federal
employees" at the airport? Or while fuming over the brainwashing
"federal employees" dictate for public schools’ prisoners
at our expense? Or while visiting a man "federal employees"
have caged for possessing a vegetable? Or while mourning a friend’s
maiming or death in the wars "federal employees" wage
against foreigners who’ve never harmed us?
Be sure you
sample the readers’ comments on this article: they’ll restore your
faith in our fellow serfs. But first savor every delicious irony
in the "federal employees’" responses to the WaPo’s
questions: "As a federal employee," the newspaper requests,
"describe how you feel about the possibility of a default."
Which elicited this gem from "Army" in "Alexandria":
"Angry that they see federal employees as cash cows."
is never fair play, is it, Army? Only civilians should be cash cows.
After all, somebody’s got to pay for those bennies you and
your buddies exploit while slaughtering villagers.
this from "Homeland Security, Flint, Mich": "Worried
about the bills and if I will be able to support myself and my family."
Yep, I’m grinning,
too, more broadly than any Cheshire cat.
Akers [send her mail] writes
primarily about the American Revolution.
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