Larry Hart

And Congress now wants to raise fees or taxes, which would endorse TSA's wasteful spending without making meaningful decisions about how to identify savings. Unfortunately, this could have severe economic repercussions. As history has consistently shown, new fees or taxes are not a viable pathway to economic recovery, as it forces consumers to rethink activity, in this case, travel. The TSA already receives substantial funding each year. And given its largess and recent expenditures, it does not need more resources; rather, it needs to allocate its existing funds more efficiently. If implemented, this tax proposal will further inflate our oversized government and further jeopardize the fiscal health of the U.S. airline industry.

Efforts are well intentioned and everyone supports an end to the fiscal crises that have too often served as the government's method for managing its budget and our economy, but raising fees or taxes on Americans is not the solution. The TSA can and should be forced to function with greater effectiveness and Americans should not be burdened with the additional costs.


Larry Hart

Larry Hart is the Director of Government Relations for the American Conservative Union (ACU)