Being a creature of government the TSA is not subject to the market forces of competition and profit and loss. It is instead sustained by the government methods of coercion and propaganda. If it were a market entity its stock would've plummeted and it would likely be filing for protection under Chapter 11. But due to popular demand the market's voice has been silenced because it is allegedly flawed and opposed to the interests of the general public.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate committee overseeing air travel, praised TSA chief John Pistole during a Senate hearing recently: "I Think You're Doing A Terrific Job."
This is reminiscent of Bush's comment about Mike Brown, the former FEMA head, following that agency's predictable ineptitude in handling the Katrina disaster: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
Three days after Bush's comment, the embattled Brown turned in his resignation. But FEMA is still with us, with more muscle and more money.
Someday a U.S. military exercise will go seriously awry and a major city will get wiped out. Will the president use his bully pulpit to reassure us of the fine job the military is doing to secure our precious freedoms?