More than any other Federal bureaucracy, DHS should have the flexibility to anticipate and respond rapidly to crises. To do so, it should be allowed to promote and deploy those best suited for a situation based upon meritorious performance, skill and knowledge, not pre-arranged union contracts.
The selfishness and lack of foresight displayed in this case is indicative of larger problems conservatives and libertarians face in their pursuit of a smaller, more disciplined and more responsive Federal Government. It is not only politicians and bureaucrats who upon occasion serve as roadblocks to progress; it is some unions and numerous other special-interest groups which place the welfare of the group above that of the larger society. The two drums, it seems, are out of synch and probably impossible to coordinate, leading to a rather haphazard, hesitant and insecure march.