Aviation and Transportation Security Act (TSA)

Nothing defines members of congress more accurately than how they vote on key issues. Far more often than not, you’ll find Tom Udall’s votes on the “wrong” side of important bills! Reference supporting article links below.

What This Bill Does:

This bill was created in response to 9/11 and perceived threats to airports and airline flights. It was originally conceived to be a private enterprise solution, but changed rapidly to become a new government program with lots of union jobs for employees, great government pensions, and all the perks, and dedicated Democratic voters, that federal government money can buy. The TSA operates around the country and most people who travel have become used to stripping down, going through a line, getting x-rayed and patted down, having items taken from them, and basically being treated like cattle going to the slaughter house.

What Vote Aids Middle America: “No”

Most Americans can accept the need for security. What they have difficulty with is the expanding powers of the TSA, the intrusive nature of the process, and the fact that the TSA has never actually caught a terrorist. It is, to most eyes, just an exercise in trying to appear like you are doing something about terrorism while doing nothing. Most Americans would expect security to profile, identify risk based on experience and not random searches, and focus on real risk not making a show.

What Tom Udall Voted: “Yes”

TSA comes into contact with thousands of travelers. It is an expensive bloated cadre of government workers who are accountable to the government that hires them rather than the company that hires them. It is a police state apparatus that is beginning to move outward into the community and assume authority never granted by the original legislation. They are stopping traffic on highways and will soon be on a corner near to you. Searching everyone who boards a plane tells us that they don’t know what they are looking for. They are just calling everyone a terrorist because that is easier. Tom Udall, once again, says he is for individual rights but is all to eager to create a government program that threatens those very rights.