Now, it’s true that DC is kind of a world apart, a world where there’s been no recession and nobody works for a living. They’re just all collecting some kind of no-show or low-show government handout or another. But even though they might be bums, we’ve never questioned their right or ability to drive, which is not an intellectually taxing thing (unless you’re doing it in Ramadi or on the Nurburgring Altschleife). That’s why we’re not making the big bucks like the Special Olympics refugees at the Transportation Security Administration. When they’re not just groping, they’re groping for facts most of us learned in grade school:
According to Brandt, an agent with the Transportation Security Administration took a look at her D.C. license and began to shake her head. “I don’t know if we can accept these,” Brandt recalled the agent saying. “Do you have a U.S. passport?’
Brandt was dumbfounded, and quickly grew a little scared. A manager was summoned, she says. “I started thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to get home. Am I going to get home?’ ”
[T]he implication from the TSA agent seemed clear to Brandt: The District is not a state; TSA requires a state-issued ID to board a plane.
Nevermind that Brandt had used her brand-new D.C. license, the one marked “District of Columbia” over a backdrop of cherry blossoms, to board her flight to Arizona days earlier.
“She didn’t seem to know that it was basically the same as a state ID,” said Brandt, who had only recently traded her Maryland ID for one from the District. “D.C. is obviously not a state, but I didn’t ever imagine it would be a problem — I mean, the whole population of D.C. has to use these.”
It’s always funny to see some Washingtonian make a cautious and brief trip out into the provinces, only to find what a collection of losers and no-hopers are the minions of the Great And Mighty Oz who are cast out to due duty in the far reaches of the Empire, like Arizona.
The Washington Post, of course, unable to see anything buy nobility in the service of their substitute Jesus, sees this as “a new story for advocates of D.C. statehood.”
We see it as one more reason to disband the TSA and dismiss the untrustworthy human failures, wastes of sperm and egg every one, who staff it. And a reminder that nobody good, decent, moral, ethical, or intelligent has ever been been employed in TSA in any capacity whatsoever.