I really couldn't have a much lower opinion of this administration, honestly. And yet some of the things they do - or don't do - still manage to amaze me. This, for instance:
With a deadline looming, the government has yet to come up with guidelines for commercial airports that want to replace federal baggage and passenger screeners with privately employed workers.
The 9/11 attacks are the centerpiece of the Bush administration. Virtually everything they say and do, they try to justify by invoking 9/11. And yet they can't even do something so simple as write guidelines for airport baggage screeners, despite having two years to do so. And really, the situation's even worse than that: on the one hand, the reason many airports want to hire private workers is because they think the TSA - which was created by Congress after 9/11 - is useless or worse. On the other hand, hordes of TSA workers are in danger of losing their jobs on November 19, despite the miserable job market and the lack of any guidelines on how to replace them.
To be fair, though, the TSA hasn't been entirely idle:
TSA spokeswoman Amy von Walter said the agency has set up an e-mail address so airports can submit specific questions.
Sometimes, only a cliche can describe things properly: It's like a bad dream.