Regarding the new airport security measures that have made everyone so upset:
Am I the only person wondering whether the Obama administration, which is very openly pushing high-speed rail as an alternative to airplanes, could really be all that bothered that the new security measures are giving air travel such a bad name?
This doesn’t require any truther- or birther-esque belief in grand conspiracies. Public outrage that translates into public support for high-speed rail could be a wholly unintended consequence of “junk”-gate. Even so, might the Obama administration now see this moment as an opportunity to renew its rail push? Never waste a crisis, you know.
We have, after all, just recently seen that high-level administration officials skewed an official report on the Gulf oil spill in such a way as to lead to a drilling moratorium — you know, all in the president’s effort to “restore science to its rightful place.” You don’t have to believe conspiracy theorists who think the feds actually sabotaged the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to believe they took advantage of the disaster to push a related policy goal — to the detriment of thousands of Gulf Coast residents.
Now, back to the airport security measures, we have Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano essentially telling us just to shut up and take it. Will the Obama administration work to correct this policy even though it serves the interests of another pet policy? We’ll see.
Post-script: As this Boston Herald column points out, Napolitano herself is rarely if ever subjected to the same kind of treatment; a similar case of Rules For Thee But Not For Me is the notion that we should ban all cellphone use in automobiles, pushed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who probably doesn’t spend much time in cars that don’t have chauffeurs.