(Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, on “Fox News Sunday.”)
Not everyone in Congress is trudging back to Capitol Hill. Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican and the determined chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation security, has lined up a formidable quartet of witnesses for a hearing titled “Challenging the Status Quo at TSA” on Tuesday.
“Terrorists remain intent on attacking our transportation systems and are constantly evolving their tactics based on our security measures. Unfortunately, TSA has become a slow-moving, oversized bureaucratic agency in need of reform,” Mr. Rogers says, adding that his experts will offer ideas to help the Transportation Security Administration “become the leaner, smarter, intelligence-driven, professional entity its mission requires.”
Among the idea guys at hand: Richard Bloom, director of terrorism, espionage, and security studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Robert Poole, director of Transportation Policy at the Reason Foundation.
“The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice.”
(Bumper sticker spotted in Plano, Texas.)
July 15 is a red-letter day for the tenacious researchers at Americans for Tax Reform, who calculate that the aforementioned date is Cost of Government Day. Meaning, the average American must work until July 15 to pay for the burden of federal, state and local government spending and regulations, they say.
Naturally, they’re throwing a “Sin Tax Party” this week to celebrate the report, and draw attention to the “sinful” products that now suffer extra government taxation, including distilled spirits, beer, wine, soda and prepared meals.
POLL DU JOUR
• 80 percent of voters in 12 key swing states say they can’t wait for the 2012 presidential election “to be over.”
• 17 percent “can’t wait for the campaign to begin”
• 70 percent say local TV ads confirmed their thinking about President Obama and Mitt Romney.