Root Rot

I suppose when the top of the government is visibly corruptible, then one should not be surprised when those lower down in the hierarchy take notice and assume that they have license to behave in the same way. The NY Post reports on a TSA employee taking advantage of her position to make money on the side.

I reached into my pocket, selected a $5 bill from a fold, and conspicuously handed it to her. No moderately alert TSA or NTSB uniformed personnel in the vicinity could have missed it. It was clear: I was paying off a uniformed TSA worker officer for privileged access.

Everyone nearby in uniform seemed to know the score.

As we stepped through the scanner, our TSA wheel-woman was waiting on the other side. She indiscreetly — well above a whisper — told us she expected more than $5 for her official crooked services rendered. This time she was borderline angry: “Not happy. I took care of you, now you take care of me!” We gave her a few more bucks, again, as conspicuously as we made the first payment.

Again, no uniformed security person even looked sideways at what was going on, or going down. On this shift and at that security position, this must have been business as usual.

And how much would she have charged to bypass screening completely? Just asking…

When do we collectively realize that government is run entirely for the personal benefit of government employees – especially politicians – and is running the rest of us into the ground?

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