The Obama administration will be looking for ways to trim federal expenditures. I have a good one for them. How about we cut way, way back on some of the department of Department of Homeland Security?
We don’t need two-thirds of the security being conducted at our airports, assuming that the doors to the cockpit have in fact been reinforced and are kept locked. If terrorists cannot get control of the planes, there is no real incentive for targeting them.
As for other Homeland Security activities, just check out the new television show where they are highlighted for their drug interdiction program. Why such activity when we have the existing Drug Enforcement Administration for such?
Way too much of this huge new department is simply duplicating efforts made elsewhere. Before conservatives start jumping up and down, claiming that my suggestion will soften gains made in protecting this country from terrorists, let me be clear. I am not saying that the new department should be dismantled. I am simply saying that a hard look should be made to ensure that big, big expenditures are not simply being wasted.
Richard L. Strickland