Friday, August 26, 2011

Wasteful government spending

PITTSTON TWP. For the first time, an armed sheriff’s deputy will be posted at the screener checkpoint at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on a routine basis starting Oct. 1...The deputies will be from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and are being paid through a federal grant.

So the Federal government is going to pay the airport for a short period of time to put armed guards in a facility that to the best of my memory has never had a serious criminal incident.
The federal government will reimburse the airport $170,800 through Sept. 30, 2012. I have no knowledge of any threat to the place and I seriously doubt that there are any. I'm not sure what law or when it was passed authorizes this waste of money.

Maybe some airports may require this level of security but I don't think our's does. You can't defend against every imagined target but since 09/11/01 the reflex has been to try to. A one size fits all approach to security leads to waste with money going to Avoca instead of JFK or Dulles where it would be better spent.

Some people think the place is a good place to sleep.

I nominate the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Airport at Avoca, Pennsylvania, for your BEST list. It's clean, modern, well- guarded, and always empty (Nobody goes there)"

This reminds me of a few years ago when I tried to see the liberty bell. We are less free than 10 years ago. Not because of the terrorist but the because of the government's reaction to them.

The terrorist have won.

Oh great, more guns


Pope George Ringo said...

Not to mention the billions and billions of dollars thrown in Iraq and Afghanistan.
People are blaming entitlements and Obama for our economic woes, when in fact it is GW Bush's bad judgement via Bin laden.

D.B. Echo said...

September 11, 2011 will go down in history as one of the most brilliant acts of asymmetric warfare ever. For an investment of 19 lives and a few hundred thousand dollars, the terrorists have caused trillions of dollars in economic damage (and counting) and have tricked once-free nations into abandoning the hated principles of liberty and freedom.